Funding supports job opportunities for people with disability

  • $2.9 million Lotterywest grant has been awarded to Good Sammy Enterprises
  • Funding will go towards property improvements at Canning Vale headquarters
  • Will meet training and employment development needs of people with disability

Western Australians with disability will benefit from a $2.9 million Lotterywest grant to Good Sammy Enterprises to support employment opportunities.

The funding will go towards refurbishing the decades-old Good Sammy’s headquarters in Canning Vale that is no longer fit for purpose.

The renovations are needed to ensure the facility meets the diverse range of needs and accessibility requirements for those with disability.

The property improvements will help meet increased demand for disability employment and training services by providing inclusive and compliant facilities for staff, customers and students.

Good Sammy is one of eight Western Australian Disability Enterprises and employs 700 staff including 400 people with disability, across Perth, Geraldton, Northam, Bunbury and Albany.

As stated by Disability Services Minister Don Punch:

“I’m proud to present this Lotterywest grant of $2.9 million to Good Sammy. This much-needed funding will go a long way to upgrading the facilities at its headquarters.

“Improving employment outcomes for Western Australians with disability is a priority of the Cook Government.

“Our Government is committed to supporting employment opportunities. We appreciate the incredible work Good Sammy Enterprises is doing to empower Western Australians with a disability, as well as their families and carers.”

As stated by Good Sammy CEO Kane Blackman:

“I want to thank the Cook Government and the Minister for their support to enhance the training and development facilities within our Canning Vale headquarters.

“Over the past 12 months, Good Sammy has increased the number of people with disability that it employs and trains by 32 per cent.

“We are continuing to see strong demand for our services as an all-abilities employer, particularly from those with intellectual disability who face unemployment at a rate of 20 per cent compared to the State average of 3.5 per cent.”

As stated by Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai:

“Good Sammy is a worthy recipient of this Lotterywest grant and I applaud its efforts in shining a light on the valuable contribution of Western Australians with disability in the workforce.

“This funding will make a real difference for our community. It allows Good Sammy to improve diverse employment, training and development opportunities that meet modern access and inclusion standards.”

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