Southern Ports Authority award Activ contract

Members of the Activ Property Care team Michael, Bailey and Michelle alongside Southern Ports Authority chief executive officer Steven Lewis. Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Members of the Activ Property Care team Michael, Bailey and Michelle alongside Southern Ports Authority chief executive officer Steven Lewis. Photo: Jesinta Burton.

Southern Ports Authority have awarded a new 12-month contract that will see Esperance's Activ Property Care manage more than 20,000 square metres of the authority's land.

Under the contract, six members of the Activ team will complete ground maintenance of the parks and gardens around the Port offices as well as 22 Port-owned properties on Bostock street on a fortnightly basis.

Southern Ports chief executive officer Steven Lewis said he had been most impressed by the professional and efficient team from Activ and the new contract was part of Southern Ports’ ongoing commitment to supporting local jobs and suppliers.

The WA-based disability enterprise provides employment opportunities for those with disabilities, with a Property Care division that provides a garden services for organisations across the state.

Activ chief executive officer Danielle Newport said the contract acted as further proof that the productivity of a workforce including people living with disability was no different.

“Activ provides meaningful work and employment opportunities to people living with disability," she said.

"This contract is further proof that the quality of work and productivity of a workforce including people living with disability is no different than any other organisation.

“We look forward to a long term partnership with Southern Ports."

The authority own almost 190 hectares of land in the region.

In 2018, Southern Ports contracted Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation to revamp the Don McKenzie gardens, carefully selecting native species best suited to the local conditions.