"IT'S too late now, that's the general feeling from everyone, but we thought it was worth a shot and it's important to get behind Taree," said outgoing UGL employee Mitchell Shepherd yesterday.
Mitchell and supervisor Dwayne Kelly were the only two people to make the trip to Sydney, to join a protest organised by Palmer United candidates Matt Adamson and Troy Wilkie, against the closure of UGL's Lansdowne site.
As reported earlier in the month, 133 people will lose their jobs, resulting in a $12 million loss to the local economy and Troy and Matt decided to take the fight to State Parliament House to have local voices heard.
"We're all about people power and standing up for what you believe in," said an upbeat Troy yesterday morning.
Despite a PUP media alert expecting 200 people to make the trip to Sydney, Troy was pleased that at least the two had decided to have a say.
"At the end of the day I see it as a sign of where we're at in this area, everyone's so disillusioned by all these promises that the two major parties have always made about creating jobs, but where were they when all these jobs were lost," he said.
"We understand that and we're sick of seeing big business stamp out local jobs so we're going to fight and I'm pleased to have Dwayne and Mitchell with us."
Mitchell, a fourth year apprentice who will thankfully be signed off before he finishes up, admitted that his only option was to seek work away.
"It's not ideal, but that's what I'll have to do," he said.