A disability support and employment provider has struck a deal with NTC Contracting to rehabilitate Thevenard Island. The contract will see Workpower’s wholesale nursery grow and supply 130,000 native plants for planting on the 550-hectare Thevenard Island, located 22km offshore from Onslow. Workpower delivers NDIS services and employs people with disability across its 11 social enterprises. Workpower chief executive Lee Broomhall said supporting disability employment was integral to changing the lives of many people in WA. “This is a unique project for us and the first time we will have propagated Pilbara plants at our nursery, so it is an exciting opportunity for the entire team,” she said. “When organisations like NTC Contracting and Chevron Australia open the door to our services, it helps us to continue employing people with a disability and make a difference in their lives. “Through our support and employment services, including social enterprises like our nursery, we are able to directly support 1,000 people with a disability each year.” NTC Contracting managing director Jason Varcoe said the partnership with Workpower to complete rehabilitation works at Thevenard Island was important. Thevenard Island was a local fishing and tourism hotspot before becoming an important oil and gas production site for WA Petroleum then Chevron in the 1990s and 2000s. In 2015 it was decided the processing facility would decommissioned and work ramped to turn the island into an eco-tourism operation.