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Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie is encouraging WasteNet to consider the social value that Southland DisAbility Enterprises has to the community when it retenders its contract.

“Southland disAbility Enterprises provides meaningful employment and development opportunities to people with disabilities in our communities. It’s a great scheme which enriches people’s lives.

“We understand that WasteNet has a business to run, but we encourage them to consider that without this contract 100 jobs could be lost and there would be an additional burden on taxpayers of $5 million annually in unemployment or sickness benefits. 

“From my own experience visiting SDE I can say that it’s one of the best workplace cultures I have ever seen. The employees love their work and their comradery is second to none. Their contribution to the Southland community is huge.

“Eighty per cent of the staff have a disability. I encourage the people who are considering the tender to visit this amazing company. It will be one of the most incredible and unique businesses you will ever see.”

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