Desperate jobseeker offered a chance to 'moo-ve' on

PAID OFF: After taking to the streets in search of work, Sunshine Coast man Daniel has been given a chance by two Gympie dairy farmers.
PAID OFF: After taking to the streets in search of work, Sunshine Coast man Daniel has been given a chance by two Gympie dairy farmers. John Mccutcheon

EARLIER this week the Sunshine Coast Daily ran a touching story about a jobless man and his desperate pleas for work.

Daniel's story struck a chord with hundreds of readers, many coming forward with interview offers.

But it appears a pair of kind-hearted farmers beat them to the punch.

The dairy farmers, known to Daniel as "Ben and Nev", offered him a trial on their property near Gympie after reading of his plight.

It was a kind but risky gesture by the farmers, with 26-year-old Daniel admitting to having no prior experience.

"I've never done this type of work, I grew up on some land but never worked on a farm," he said.

Daniel will be supplied with accommodation, electricity, food and water by the farmers during his two-week stint.

"They're really good fellas," Daniel said.

Getting used to life on the farm won't be easy, but Daniel said he would be able to adapt to the unusual work hours that come with life on a dairy.

"We get up at 4am and milk the cows until 9am," he said.

"We herd them down to the paddock and then about 3pm we bring them back in.

"There's about 250 head to milk."

Daniel has suffered from a number of mental health issues including post traumatic stress disorder and found himself desperate for work after his disability support pension was cut.

A mandatory mental health assessment found he was well enough to return to work, but when he arrived at Community Solutions to begin life as an active jobseeker on Newstart, he was told a different story.

"A lady at Centrelink told me I'd fallen into a grey area," Daniel said.

"They told me I was not eligible for the DSP but still posed a threat in the workforce due to my mental illness."

The Sunshine Coast Daily made contact with Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer's office and Member for Fisher Mal Brough's office to inform them of Daniel's case.

A spokesperson from the Department of Social Services said a social worker had been in contact with Daniel.

"The social worker said she'd spoken to people in Canberra and Sydney to see if my payments could be reinstated," Daniel said.

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