Kooralbyn woman takes to Beaudesert median strip in hope of employment

PROACTIVE: Lee Delany is hoping to find a job before Christmas. Photos: Larraine Sathicq

PROACTIVE: Lee Delany is hoping to find a job before Christmas. Photos: Larraine Sathicq

AN unemployed Kooralbyn woman in desperate need of a job this morning took to the median strip at the centre of Beaudesert in the hope of reaching prospective employers.

Ms Delany said she could not understand how men could do the same thing with more success than she has had after trying the same approach several times over the past five years.

"I have given this a go a few times on the Gold Coast but with not much joy," she said.

"One lady did stop and give me a cold drink and another said she couldn't help with a job but handed me $50.

"I burst into tears when that happened."

The 60-year-old qualified teacher aide said she had been in and out of work since getting a job at the Commonwealth Games last year.

Lee Delany stood on the median strip near Central Place during peak hour this morning.

Lee Delany stood on the median strip near Central Place during peak hour this morning.

"That was great, I did laundry and cleaning and it gave me a solid three weeks work," she said.

"I moved to Kooralbyn from the Gold Coast in March this year and now I need to find work because it's coming up to Christmas, my daughter is coming to visit and I don't have the means to take her anywhere."

Ms Delany said she also had qualifications in business administration and would love to find a job, whether it be full time, part time or casual.

"I won't say I'd do anything because I am not qualified for every job but I would love to work with children or I could work in retail with some training," she said.

"I have my Blue Card, I don't take drugs or drink to excess and I would never need a cigarette break because I don't smoke.

"To stand out on the street asking for work takes guts but when a bloke does it he gets plastered all over the media and local news.

"I don't think people think women ought to be doing it, we are supposed to be invisible.

"I often get cheers of support but there are also people who avoid looking you in the eye because sometimes people just don't want to see me."