A Launceston disability employment enterprise has added a trailer full of new tools to their services, and are now bound for yards and gardens around the city and beyond.
After a soft launch late last year, the green-thumbed Spruce Garden Maintenance team - through Self Help Workplace - was given the green light in an official event at Youngtown on Thursday.
Established in 1962, the organisation provides employment for more than 50 people with a disability across their Encore Clothing, Prime Timber Products, Merit Commercial Solutions, Plenty Catering and Hire, and commercial shredding operations.
The new garden maintenance team would be available to provide weed control, along with edging, lawn and plant works for clients both commercial and residential, said Self Help's general manager Donna Bain.
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"It's one of our strategies to grow and diversity the business," Ms Bain added. "[We] put it together, trained the guys, and had a soft launch last year - we're going to bigger and better things."
"We are ready to unleash the equipment."
The team would not be limited to just Launceston lawns either, with one client already lined up in Bell Bay. The service would also be available to NDIS customers.
"They're enjoying getting off-site," Ms Bain said of the team. "Two of them have already bought whipper snippers themselves."
A state government grant of $14,000 helped the organisation get the new service off the ground, with Bass Liberal MHA Sarah Courtney attending the launch to officially cut the trailer's ribbon.
"The new service will expand employment opportunities for people living with disability and also strengthen the skill of its current employees," Ms Courtney said.
"Spruce Grounds Maintenance also provided training for employees in first aid, traffic management, safe chemical handling and small equipment use and maintenance."
"By giving more people with disability the opportunity to participate in employment we all help others understand values of diversity, and how all members of the community can benefit society."
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