Minister for Employment Participation Mark Arbib and Member for Page Janelle Saffin have announced $1.46 million funding for EnviTE Inc under the Local Jobs stream of the Australian Government’s Jobs Fund.

It is one of 21 Local Jobs projects to share in $17.5 million under Round 2 to link disadvantaged job seekers with training and employment opportunities.

Senator Arbib said EnviTE Inc would use the funding for the North Coast Environment Employment Project which will restore native vegetation and diverse habitats, including costal areas, waterways and rainforest. 

The project will help create or retain 41 jobs, 40 work experience positions and nine traineeships.

“As well as undertaking important environmental restoration work, EnviTE Inc will provide workers on the North Coast Environment Employment Project with new green skills and training vital for the future,” Senator Arbib said.

“The knowledge and skills gained in the project will provide a foundation for employment in environmental jobs in the region.

“The North Coast Environment Employment project is focused on environmental outcomes for the region, but also on supporting and creating jobs in communities hardest hit by unemployment and the global economic downturn.”

Ms Saffin welcomed the funding for the project which will see environmental restoration across the NSW North Coast.

“The North Coast Environment Employment Project will see five project teams based in Tweed, North Coast, Richmond, Clarence and Coffs Harbour undertaking environmental restoration on native vegetation and habitats,” Ms Saffin said.

“It’s great to see communities support the Government’s plan to create jobs and training opportunities for local workers, and build infrastructure that will benefit the communities well into the future.”

Funding for Local Jobs projects was negotiated with the support of the Australian Greens.

Round 2 projects will see a further 587 jobs created and retained, in addition to 150 traineeship and apprenticeship positions and 304 work experience placements. 

A full list of Round 2 Local Jobs projects and more information on the Jobs Fund is available at www.keepaustraliaworking.gov.au/jobsfund