Mark Gardner

Dubbo, New South Wales

Micro-business advocate, proud dad

As a farm consultant, Mark understands the benefits of self-employment. When his daughter Emily, who has Down Syndrome, left school, he helped her establish a microbusiness. Go Get Em runs errands for several Dubbo businesses. Inspired by the confidence and quality of life this business has given Emily, Mark wants to pilot a microbusiness development program for up to 25 young people with disabilities in the Dubbo region. He believes this innovative response, coupled with the recently introduced NDIS, will have considerable economic and social benefits, enabling many more people to enjoy the dignity and independence that work brings.