Burpengary teen kicks employment goals

Published 8:00am 25 September 2020

Burpengary teen kicks employment goals
Words by Jodie Powell

Life for Burpengary’s Zac Gallaway is anything but quiet, and it’s just become busier with the launch of his new business.

Zac, who lives with Down Syndrome, works two days a week cutting trees, mowing lawns and mulching gardens in his business, Zac Attack’s Lawn and Garden Maintenance, alongside support worker Pete.

They say it’s been a challenge to work around Zac’s busy schedule. which includes his second job, sporting commitments and the launch of his YouTube channel.

Vision for the future

But Zac, 19, wouldn’t have it any other way, mum Sally says.

“Basically, what Zac wants to do is subcontract work out to his friends,” she says.

“He has a few keen friends, but he needs to build up the business first.”

Sprucing up gardens

Sally says there’s been a lot of demand for tidying yards.

“This time of the year people are looking to clean out their yards, so they’re getting a lot of very heavy lifting work.”

Pete says the duo has also been called in to prepare gardens for people selling their homes.

“Once the word travels a bit more, it will be about finding time to fit everyone in around Zac’s schedule,” he says.

Busy schedule

When Zac isn’t working on his business, he’s busy at his second job at Burpengary Foodworks or playing sport.

“I work at Foodworks. I put the stock away and pack the shelves, like a storeman,” Zac says.

“I play basketball, soccer and dance – that’s it,” he laughs.

“I stopped swimming because I’ve done it since I was a little kid and I thought that was enough.”

Zac retired from swimming after a successful career, including many first-place finishes at the Down Syndrome Nationals, freeing up time to pursue his passion inspired by his favourite actor and YouTube star, Zac Efron.

“I want to continue with YouTube. I want to do more acting things and make movies. I love acting and dancing, like Zac Efron.”

For more information about Zac Attack’s lawn and garden maintenance phone Sally on 0466 664 331.

Carers Queensland provides support for finding out more about the NDIS, applying for funding and helping get started with the NDIS. If you have a disability but are not eligible for the NDIS, Carers Queensland can also help identify and link to options for support.

For more information phone Carers Queensland on 1300 999 636.

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