Over the next three years Workpower will complete a series of restoration and grounds maintenance work across 44 nature reserves in the City of Bayswater. This contract covers 152 hectares and is valued at up to $200,000 per year, creating many employment opportunities for people with disability.
Restoring nature reserves
A number of these nature reserves, such as Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, Gobba Lake, and Lake Bungana require major restoration work. Workpower’s Property Services team of 17 horticulturalists, including 11 employees with disability, will complete intensive weed control over the next 12 months. This ensures the area is in good health before further work begins.
Alongside weed control, the team will provide planting, erosion control, and pruning services. This work goes towards maintaining natural areas and urban sites for City of Bayswater residents to enjoy.
Working with the City has provided unique opportunities for our employees to put their expertise to the test. In addition to expanding their skills, the contract helps them explore the local area, meet new people, and get involved in the community.
“I like the working in a bushland environment, and helping to improve them,” says grounds worker Nathan Prior.
“I really enjoy operating a chainsaw and spraying.”
Safety comes first
To ensure the safety of our team, we introduced a new sanitation process at our site in Midvale. Employees will wash their PPE uniform in the washing machines allocated for this use.
These machines were sourced from the Balcatta Recycling Shop and ensures everything is correctly sanitised after each shift. We also make sure that each person has the necessary gloves, respirators, and goggles to work safely.
About Property Services
Workpower provides grounds and garden maintenance services for many organisations and local governments across WA. We provide a full range of maintenance services which include turf care, soil rejuvenation, weed control, and irrigation management.