Minister for the North Coast and Local Government, Don Page has unveiled a plaque to commemorate EnviTE's 20 years' service to the Ballina community. Unveiling the plaque at Richmond River Nature Reserve, Mr Page said EnviTE had made a unique contribution through its environmental, employment and training services.
"EnviTE has been able to change people's lives while delivering benefits for the whole community," Mr Page said.
Ballina Shire Councillor, Jeff Johnson said EnviTE deserved to feel proud about its contribution.
“Twenty years delivering the types of services which EnviTE delivers is a wonderful achievement and we are very grateful for it,” Cr Johnson said.
EnviTE General Manager, Meg Nichols said EnviTE’s original focus was to provide “green corps” type programs which enabled people who had significant barriers to employment to develop confidence and skills in preparation for transition to a job.
“Even since I have started, I have met many people who remember with fondness their time with a green corps project and they express thankfulness for the start it provided to their successful careers, many of them in the conservation and land management industry,” Meg said.
“For these 20 years, EnviTE’s mission has remained essentially the same, to protect and enhance our natural environment and provide support for those most disadvantaged in our community.
“Today’s event is about acknowledging the achievements of our staff and program participants over those 20 years.”
Significant funding had been attracted to the North Coast since EnviTE commenced in 1993.
"The total value of these projects is over $5.5 million, which does not include voluntary labour or the important in-kind contribution from Council," Meg said.