State Government green thumbs tested by Intework

Intework supported employees put the gardening skills of Department of Finance representatives
to the test this week.
Fifteen government staff worked alongside three Intework teams to complete gardening and
horticultural work at Settler’s Townsite on Burlington Road, Baldivis, as part of Intework’s contract
with Lochness Landscape Services and the City of Rockingham.
Intework CEO Fiona Beermier said the not-for-profit organisation was approached by the
Department to host their staff as a way to increase their awareness of the Australian Disability
Enterprise (ADE) program.
“The gardening day with the Department of Finance was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate
our ability to provide meaningful work for our supported employees, and we’re so thrilled that
such a large number of staff were eager to take part in the experience,” Ms Beermier said.
“From instruction on how to safely use equipment such as hedgers and blower-vacs to
demonstrations as to the best way to remove dead vegetation from the bushes, the visitors were
put through their paces by our supported employees.
“We work closely with State Government, assisted by the Department of Finance, as part of our
commitment to provide employment opportunities for people with disability in WA, so we hope this
experience will help the visitors to spread the word about our excellent employment program to
other government departments.”
Department of Finance Assistant Director Andrew Davy, who was involved in the day, said the
experience provided the team with a great appreciation of the work that Intework do.
“It really highlighted how capable the ADEs are that deliver on these government contracts and
the overall benefits of the ADE program to the community,” Mr Davy said.
“The work is meaningful and clearly provides the workers with a range of different tasks and
opportunities to develop new skills.
“All in all, we had a great day integrating with Intework, learning about the business, working with
the employees and gaining some gardening skills too.