Can you help this popular local find a job?

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David Barrett with the trolleys he used to push.
Camera IconDavid Barrett with the trolleys he used to push. Credit: Peter Sweeney

A man described as “very loyal, hard-working, punctual and with impeccable manners” is looking for work.

He may have had only one job, but this former “trolley boy” has one of the most recognisable faces in Geraldton.

David Barrett was employed as a trolley boy at Woolworths in Stirlings Central in March, 1998.

More than 21 years later, he has just finished — only because the company he worked for lost the contract.

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Mr Barrett, who has an intellectual disability, was 18 when he started pushing trolleys.

Now almost 40, he would still love to do the same job.

“But it could be time for you to do something else,” Julie Baker of Avivo told David.

Avivo supports people with disabilities, the aged and those with mental health issues.

The company helps Mr Barrett to live independently.

“David is very loyal, hard-working, punctual and has impeccable manners,” Ms Baker said.

“We can highly recommend him.”

And he’s so well-known. It’s hard to gain metres when walking with him in the Stirlings shopping centre — everybody knows him and wants to stop and talk.

And one doesn’t have to be a Stirlings Central shopper to know Mr Barrett.

He sings karaoke at the Wintersun Hotel and performs at Open Mic night on Thursday as the Freemasons Hotel.

“I love my music, love singing and performing,” he said.

“I was on stage with Jon Stevens (Noiseworks and the INXS Collection) at QPT in August.”

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