Contracts increase jobs for people with disabilities

Staff from Workpower carrying out planting at Lake Badgerup, Wanneroo.
Staff from Workpower carrying out planting at Lake Badgerup, Wanneroo.

TREE planting and barbecue cleaning contracts are increasing job opportunities for people with disabilities in the City of Wanneroo.

The City has promoted its efforts to build an inclusive and cohesive community that celebrates diversity through contracts with two WA disability enterprises.

Staff from Workpower planting at Lake Badgerup.

In May 2019, it awarded a contract to Workpower, which provides opportunities for people with all abilities, to do tree planting and maintenance services at offset sites, conservation reserves and foreshore reserves.

The contract length is two years, with two further 12 month options at $375,000 per year.

The City holds another contract with Workpower for the supply and installation of coir matting, at a contract value of about $45,000 per year.

Intelife Group is a disability enterprise the City has engaged to deliver the barbecue cleaning services across the its parks and reserves.

The City is finalising another 12-month contract to continue this service in 2019-20 at about $195,000, after it was successfully carried out over the past year.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the contracts were awarded in line with the City’s Access and Inclusion Plan and purchasing policy.

“One of the priorities in the Access and Inclusion Plan is increasing opportunities for residents living with a disability – especially employment opportunities,” she said.