GCLA First Social Enterprise – Ground Control


Ground Control blasts off with major jobs initiative

Local community organisation, Gladstone Community Linking Agency (GCLA), is part of the solution in generating employment opportunities for the region’s youth.


A not for profit organisation specialising in the provision of various levels of support and care for the aged and

individuals with disability, GCLA is about to launch the aptly named ‘Ground Control” lawn care and garden

maintenance business.


GCLA operations manager, Laurie Ellis says Ground Control was established to create employment for young people with a disability.

“We’re excited to announce our first major social enterprise, not just because it will generate jobs, but it also provides a much needed service for aged or disabled customers whose yard could do with a little TLC. We’ve partnered with some enthusiastic local ‘green-thumbs’, and are looking forward to getting to work”, said Mr Ellis.


Whilst unemployment levels in our region are high, Mr Ellis pointed out it was even more of an issue for people with a disability. “Ground Control has been established to deliver a solution and provide employment options for these young people, giving them a sense of purpose, friendship and life experience”.

Ground Control will operate as a commercial enterprise providing the community with lawn care, garden and yard maintenance services. The business will hire employees and supervisors with the appropriate skills, training and safety systems.


The new business is being launched on Thursday, 1 December at a community event coinciding with International Day of People with Disability – a United Nations sanctioned day that unites people globally, celebrating the achievement and contributions of people with disability.


The event is a morning tea and will be held at Gladstone Community Hub (Buller St), commencing at 10am.

The pending launch of federal programs such as My Aged Care and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will enable Ground Control to additionally provide support options to individuals through their funding packages that may become available under such schemes.


Ultimately though, the real winners are the region’s young people with a disability, where on-going employment has been secured.


For more information, call Laurie Ellis (4972 8855).