Todd gets the job done with four wheels
Under the tropical sky of Townsville, Todd Cordie has been working with livestock for more than 15 years.
Up until last year Todd was managing a cattle farm, but after experiencing an acquired brain injury he could no longer work in the role.
After taking the time to recuperate, the father of three was keen to get back to work but found it difficult to find the right support from employment services.
“It was hard because of the fact that none of the employment agencies would help me because I wasn’t receiving any government assistance.”
“I went through about four or five agencies before I found STEPS.”
Todd said he has been really impressed with STEPS Employment Solutions.
STEPS Employment Solutions provided support in finding work and assisted Todd in acquiring funding for a quad bike for him through Job Access, an Australian Government initiative.
Since his injury Todd has experienced some issues with keeping his balance and now the four wheeled bike provides him with a more secure way to perform his work duties.
Todd has been working at a cattle station as a farmhand since March this year and said the quad bike has made a big difference.
“I use it a lot for mustering and other jobs like checking water.”
“After the accident my balance has been a bit off. A four wheeler was a good option because I don’t have to worry about falling off,” he said.
Todd said STEPS Employment Consultant Narelle Hibberd has been awesome.
“I can’t speak highly enough about Narelle from STEPS. She has just been great for us.”
Narelle said being able to provide support for Todd and his family is what makes her job so rewarding.
“Todd never lets his injury get in the way of supporting his family,” she said.