Barossa Enterprises host Open Day in support of International Day of People with Disability

Pride and satisfaction in the work provided at Barossa Enterprises was evident during the Nuriootpa site’s open day on Thursday.

More than 50 people from the community were invited for morning tea to chat with staff and employees and tour the extensive site. 

The company, which has been a part of the Barossa Community for about 40 year and now located off Samuel Road, has grown to become the largest employer of People with Disability in regional SA.

It currently supports a group of people with disability from the Clare region who travel each day to the Barossa site by bus.

A new premises is currently being built on Agnes Street to further support the disability sector.

According to the BE board, it will include administration, kitchen, amenities, conference area and a large factory floor.

The new building, which has been given full support by council, should be complete by the end of January 2018.

According to BE chief executive officer Garry Velt the open day in Nuriootpa was held in conjunction with International Day of People with Disability on Sunday.

He explained it was a great opportunity for people to come and view the diverse workforce offered and see employees engaged and be included.

Northern Argus staff were taken on a tour by employee and Two Wells resident Carol-Lynn O’Grady.

Ms O’Grady shared how the key to the success and growth of BE has been a combination of teamwork and communication between employees and staff.

The tour included viewing employees manufacturing timber wine boxes for wine companies including Henschke, Kalleske and Elderton, plus providing packaging services to wineries and local businesses such as Maggie Beer.

Ms O’Grady’s passion for her job comes from the satisfaction of doing her job well and knowing she is further helping the region with her skills.

“Each day is different,” she added.

The tour further included a look at the vegetable and fruit garden, located behind the building, the onsite gym and the vineyard, with grapes also picked by the employees. 

To learn more about Barossa Enterprises and how it supports the community, visit www.barossaent.com.au.