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House With No Steps grows and grows

House With No Steps Growing Care team (from left) Mark Keen, Andrew Clapham, Peter Goulding, Gary Ladner, John Turner, Matt Hancock and Shane Short busy working on landscaping the Alstonville bypass.
House With No Steps Growing Care team (from left) Mark Keen, Andrew Clapham, Peter Goulding, Gary Ladner, John Turner, Matt Hancock and Shane Short busy working on landscaping the Alstonville bypass.

A TEAM of workers from the House With No Steps at Alstonville is developing new horticultural and landscaping skills and putting them to good use.

Growing Care is a new business within the organisation and the team is already winning plenty of contracts around the region.

Business services manager Mark Keen said he was pleased with the way the service was expanding.

“It’s definitely building,” he said.

“We only got started in September, so it’s really only been four months.

“But we recently won all six packages of the North Coast Community Housing Company (NCCH) contract.

“That means we look after 50 properties from Tweed to Wooli, which is really good.”

Growing Care has been also involved with the landscaping of the new Wardell Road bridge as part of work on the Alstonville bypass.

House With No Steps regional general manager Brett Lacey said the bypass and the NCCH contracts were “major wins” for the organisation.

“Our team provides quality service and we are increasing our profile in the region,” he said.

“We are looking to expand further in these areas and continue to look for opportunities where our organisation can provide more work opportunities for people with disabilities.”

Mr Lacey said the organisation was focused on “empowerment, respect, inclusion, commitment and achievement”.

Growing Care also offers services such as landscape maintenance, litter and debris collection, open space cleaning and primary bush regeneration.

All staff undergo training and supervisors have qualifications in horticulture, landscaping or green keeping, or have extensive industry experience.

The House With No Steps employs 89 people with disabilities in the following areas:

  • Administration
  • Avocado and macadamia nut farming
  • Wholesale/retail nurseries
  • Contract fruit packing
  • Macadamia dehusking
  • Restaurant and function services
  • Lawns and grounds services

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