Maintenance work grows meaningful opportunities in Brisbane
- 5 February 2020 10:26AM
Employment creating a positive social impact
A contract for landscape maintenance services in Brisbane has created many meaningful employment opportunities, including for people with disability, jobseekers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.
In line with the Queensland Procurement Policy, the QBuild tender called for businesses and social enterprises to demonstrate value for money for these landscaping services, while also delivering a positive social impact.
The contract was awarded for a three year-term to six organisations: Help Enterprises, Aruma Services, Nundah Co-op, Pacific Facility Services, Tuff Yards and yourtown.
Building social inclusion
These businesses and social enterprises will be keeping the gardens and lawns of public housing complexes across Brisbane in top shape. However, it’s the difference this landscape contract will help them make outside the yard that is most notable.
Winning the contract has enabled Help Enterprises and Aruma Services to each employ two people with a disability – paving pathways to independence and allowing the organisations to expand.
Nundah Co-op has also continued to create meaningful work for people with a disability, and people with mental health issues. The not-for-profit organisation has a proven record of providing work and training opportunities for people who have experienced long-term unemployment.
The contract has enabled Tuff Yards to ensure long term employment for four staff members, including one indigenous employee, and a new apprentice.
Training can create a brighter future for Queensland jobseekers, with yourtown continuing to support 10 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete their Cert II in Horticulture.
Businesses are also delivering meaningful social outcomes. For example, through this landscaping contract, Pacific Facility Services can now support the permanent employment of four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members.
For jobseekers and disadvantaged Queenslanders, the opportunity to contribute in the workforce can be lifechanging and the benefits far reaching – including for their family, friends and community.
QBuild recognises that investing government money provides opportunities to add social value, and will continue to support Queenslanders and the future prosperity of the state through its procurement processes.