Like many regionally-based, not-for-profit organisations EnviTE has survived and responded successfully to changes in our funding and Government policy over our 21 year history. A fairly recent trend in our sector to ensure ongoing growth, financial efficiencies and ensure increasing contractual requirements can be fulfilled, has been to merge with like-minded organisations to create stronger community businesses that offer a broader range of services; often over a broader geographical area.
EnviTE’s Management Committee and senior management determined last year that this was the path we needed to follow and on 1 May 2014 a merger with Workways Australia Ltd became effective.
Our staff, clients, customers and community partners should be reassured that this means we will continue to provide high quality environmental and employment services on the North Coast of NSW. In fact, particularly in our environmental services, we hope to be able to replicate these services in other regions.
Workways Australia Ltd is a large not-for-profit Company Ltd by Guarantee based in Bairnsdale, Victoria.
Celebrating 25 years of service this year, Workways has grown from a small community-based organisation to a large, dynamic, not-for-profit, charitable employment and community services organisation.
Like EnviTE, Workways is a member of the Job Futures network of employment and community service organisations across Australia. Workways currently holds Job Services Australia sub-contract arrangements delivered from 35 sites in East Gippsland, Victoria and Southern NSW.
Workways is also equally committed to assisting those most disadvantaged in our communities, particularly youth, indigenous people and those living with disability.
In coming months, we will be managing a transition to align our organisational systems but we can guarantee that the quality of our service to clients, customers and community partners remain paramount
Coffs Harbour Mayor, Denise Knight accompanied by Coffs Coast Regional Park Management Trust Chair, Bob Palmer and the Hon Luke Hartsuyker, Member for Cowper and Assistant Minister for Employment have unveiled a plaque to commemorate EnviTE's 20 years' service to the Coffs Coast community. Unveiling the plaque at Macauleys Headland, Mayor Knight said Council appreciated EnviTE’s contribution over this time.
“This community takes great pride in our environment and we have endeavoured to preserve our unique natural areas while making them accessible to local citizens and tourists.
“EnviTE has greatly assisted in this endeavour,” Mayor Knight said.
Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker also praised EnviTE’s contribution.
“Through its environmental, employment and training capabilities, we have seen countless benefits delivered to the community.
“The federal government is very keen to see contributions like EnviTE benefit communities across the whole country.
“This great tradition will continue with the roll out of the Green Army,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
EnviTE General Manager, Meg Nichols said EnviTE had completed over 300 projects valued at $5.8 in the Coffs Coast area.
"This valuable work was achieved with the support of funding from federal and state government programs," Meg said.