'Don't want to be on the dole': Wheelchair-bound man's roadside appeal for work

A wheelchair-bound man has been photographed sitting by the side of the road with a sign appealing for work.

Katelyn Neal snapped a photo of the man, seated on the footpath with his sign leaning against the gutter, and uploaded it to Facebook group Jobs in Mackay.

She wrote she had seen him two days in a row, once at 7.30am Monday and again on Tuesday.

This man was snapped on a roadside in Mackay appealing for work. Source: Facebook/ Jobs in Mackay

“I thought it might be worth a share and in turn this might help them out,” she wrote.

“I know what it's like to try to find work and constantly get knocked back. It takes courage to do what they are doing.”

Members of the Facebook group have praised him, hoping his luck turns around.

“Someone give this guy a go, great to see people wanting to work in the area,” one user commented.

“Good luck mate.”

The photo might appear to show the man as crestfallen, but according to the Daily Mercury, who have identified him as 33-year-old Mathew Magrath, he’s anything but.

"I know I can work, I like working. I don't want to be on the dole or anything,” he said.

"It's easier to give up, it is a little bit daunting watching everyone go past but at the end of the day it's working.”

He said the reason he was using the sign was because he wants to stand out above other applicants – he has tried Seek but it has not worked.

Mr Magrath added it had been hard to secure a job with a disability.

Mathew Magrath said he made the sign to stand out above other applicants. Source: Facebook/ Mathew Magrath

According to the Mail Online, the 33-year-old broke his neck 14 years ago after he fell from a two-metre-high balcony.

He was hospitalised for six months and lost the ability to walk.

Mr Macgrath moved from Brisbane to Mackay three weeks ago to be closer to family.

He added hehas had a few interview offers from local businesses since being spotted with the sign.