Recently the Disability Services Commission confirmed that Hilton Harvest (via City of Fremantle) had been successful in its application for a $50,000 grant to make the gardens more inclusive of people with disabilities.
I'd like to record the hard work of Hilton Harvest Convenor Helen Whitkin and my partner Janet Parker for putting the grant application together. Thanks also to Hilton Harvest as a whole for agreeing to add this dimension to their already inspiring project.
Meanwhile it's looking likely that the City will enter a formal agreement to employ people with disabilities in its parks and gardens. The City was dragging its feet compared to many other big employers and had no specific policy to assist people with disabilities get work.
If confirmed in the next budget, the arrangement will see the City actively promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities and creating more resources for the maintenance of our parks, gardens and verges. Thanks to Councillors Wilson, Hume and Strachan for their support on this issue.