More jobs thanks to new APY Lands maintainence contract
Property maintenance contracts in the APY Lands will be combined into a single $29 million contract, creating local employment opportunities for Aboriginal people and improving maintenance services in the region.
The contract includes all 400 Housing SA properties and nearly 200 other government managed properties, such as schools and police stations, across 10 communities – about 600 properties in total.
Combining multiple contracts into one will improve service delivery, provide more jobs to local Aboriginal people and deliver better value for money. A minimum 35 per cent of jobs will be allocated to local Aboriginal residents.
Maintenance services include repairs and preventative works, such as: air conditioning servicing, pest control, electrical safety checks, build fabric inspections and wastewater management. Employment opportunities will be across a range of trades, including work for plumbers, carpenters and electricians.
The contract, won by Furnell Plumbing, will begin on 1 July 2017 for a period of two years, with extension options for a further five years. The length of the contract will make it possible, for the first time, to recruit apprentices and trainees.