A Shorten Labor Government will invest $1 million in the Nadrasca CityFarm project in Vermont South to support life­changing work and training opportunities for our community and people with disability.

Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, joined Labor Candidate for Deakin, Tony Clark, to make the announcement today.

Labor’s funding will develop the Nadrasca CityFarm to create 150 sustainable and local jobs, half for those with a disability.

This will complement new training courses developed in partnership with Box Hill TAFE to provide dignity and the opportunity for people with disability to move into open employment. Finally it will make inclusion a reality by placing the farm at the heart of the community.

These new local jobs and the infrastructure development made possible by Labor’s backing will allow CityFarm to become a commercial producer under a sustainable business model. Support from companies like The Good Guys and other retailers is also very important.

The $2 million CityFarm expansion will be jointly funded with a $1 million commitment from Labor and a matched contribution from Nadrasca, a disability services provider.

Ms Plibersek said Labor was focused on creating good quality jobs.

“Labor’s investment in the Nadrasca CityFarm is also about supporting an innovative social enterprise.

“It gives people the opportunity, and the dignity of work,” Ms Plibersek said. Labor Candidate for Deakin Tony Clark took personal pride in the announcement.

“The majority of my career I have worked to support and develop social enterprises like this and I’m proud to do so as a Labor candidate.”

“This is about taking a fresh and sustainable approach to the disability sector,” Mr Clark said.


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