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'Shagadelic' success: How disabled Rocky boy created 13 jobs

Thu, 13 Jul 2017, 02:42 PM

Amber Hooker, The Bulletin, 11 July 2017
 
Unwavering in his Austin Powers impersonation, charismatic businessman Zach Roberts said all was "shagadelic" at Groovy Mood Food.
 
The young entrepreneur had his peers, and Coalition MPs Michelle Landry and Jane Prentice, in stitches as he spruiked his hand-made gelato venture during this morning's early NDIS rollout announcement.
 
Groovy Mood Food was a concept borne at age 18, soon after Zach graduated from the Emmaus College.
 
A few years on and the fruits of his labour are evident in the now 13 people with disabilities working to produce the sweet treats from a Rotary kitchen two days a week.
 
"When I was 18 I got my business certificates and I said to my mum, 'hey mum can I make a business," he recalled.
 
"She said 'yes, gelato my dear'.
 
"We worked things out and we hired and we have done pretty well.
 
"We are very shagadelic now."
 
Zach, who lives with the genetic condition Fragile X Syndrome, has also set his sights higher.
 
The vision is to grow the business using produce from the gardens on site the Home Assist facility in Wandal, where CEO Grant Searle said they hope to build a 40-person capacity commercial kitchen.
 
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