Stepping back into workforce after 10 years on pension
"I'M finally ready to work again" - six words that mean more to Toowoomba man Robert Hack than you could imagine.
The soft-spoken 38-year-old is stepping back into the workforce after 10 years on a disability pension.
His life has been littered with ill-fated events which contributed to a state of mind which once had him declared totally and permanently incapacitated.
A motorcycle crash in 1990 left him with permanent memory loss after a six-month stint in hospital.
Still, he went back to school, received his Year 12 certificate and found work as a gardener.
The premature death of brother David Hack - namesake of the city's biggest aviation celebration, the David Hack Classic - was another crushing blow in 1998, but he continued to work.
Eventually, a series of further setbacks made work impossible.
"But I'm back in my home now and I'm looking ahead," he said.
"It's hard because I've been out of the game for so long.
"All I want is a chance to work in some sort of manual labour - gardening, lawn mowing, small parcel delivery or things like that.
"I just need to get my foot in the door."
- To get in touch with Mr Hack about possible job opportunities call 0438 738 966.