CHANGING PEOPLE’S LIVES: Spirit of Love founder Ronald Stephenson (left), with his recruits Ian Dinte and Alexandria Fletcher, wants to get the Brooweena sawmill up and running again.
CHANGING PEOPLE’S LIVES: Spirit of Love founder Ronald Stephenson (left), with his recruits Ian Dinte and Alexandria Fletcher, wants to get the Brooweena sawmill up and running again. Tyson Yates

Mission to save the mill

RONALD Stephenson and Fraser Coast character Ian Dinte want to get the Brooweena sawmill up and running again after it was shut late last year.

The two, volunteers of new non-profit organisation Spirit of Love, want the 17 families who were affected by the shutdown to have their jobs back.

Mr Stephenson, who founded the organisation, said having Mr Dinte in the group would help it achieve its charity goals.

"I've so far had five conversations with the owners of the company and we want to keep pushing until we get it fixed up before focusing on other work, and once that's sorted, we want to focus on helping other residents in the Fraser Coast who need help," the 78-year-old Mr Stephenson said.

Mr Stephenson, who helped set up Lifeline in Maryborough in the '70s, was born into a wealthy family and started charity work when he was aged just five.

"During the war, there were a lot of little kids in school that were orphans and I used to share my lunch with them," he said.