EnviTE granted $1.5m for eco works
THE intrinsic value of the local environment has been recognised with the awarding of almost $1.5 million for ongoing restoration and rehabilitation projects.
Funding of $1.46 million from the Australian Government’s Job Fund has been allocated to the North Coast Environment Employment Project run by EnviTE Inc.
EnviTE manager Graham Bird said news of the grant had brightened the day of the organisation’s staff.
“We applied for funding some time ago, so it was a great surprise to be told yesterday morning that we are about to get $1.46 million,” Mr Bird said.
“It is a great boost for our hardworking staff and of course the local environment.”
Mr Bird said the money will create or retain 41 jobs, 40 work experience positions and nine traineeships.
He said five project teams stationed between Coffs Harbour and Tweed Heads will undertake a range of environmental programs from building a walking track to landscaping and the rehabilitation of bushland, waterways and coastal areas.”
The funding will also help EnviTE train people to go on and work with other agencies and businesses in the field of bush regeneration,” Mr Bird said.