Port Stephens Council’s employee wellness program, PSCare, and the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary have been announced as finalists at the 2021 Hunter Business Awards.
Council’s Group Manager Corporate Services, Tim Crosdale said the announcement was a tribute to the efforts of employees in the past 12 months.
“Despite the challenges we’ve experienced due to COVID-19 over the last year, we’re thrilled to be announced finalists in the ‘Outstanding employer of Choice’ and Start-up Superstar’ categories for 2 of our biggest recent projects,” Mr Crosdale said.
“Everyone involved should be extremely proud of what they have achieved for our employees through the PSCare program and koala conservation in the Port Stephens region – which both are extremely important in our current climate.”
Organisation Support Section Manager, Zoë Pattison said the PSCare program provided an all-encompassing health and wellbeing approach for staff.
“Since September 2020 our employee wellness program has provided an all-encompassing health and wellbeing approach to physical and mental health at Port Stephens Council,” she said.
“We want to empower our workforce to take the lead of all aspects of their wellbeing bringing together mind, body and culture both now and for the future.
“We’ve trained over 100 employees in the Veda meditation technique as part of the program which helps participants with stress management, resilience and improves sleep — things that are vital for quality leadership, self-awareness and time management.
“By providing our people with the right tools we can help them to continuously improve and build on the physical and mental wellbeing which is now more important than ever.”
The Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary was named a finalist in the ‘Start-up Superstar’ category.
Holiday Park Section Manager, Kim Latham said the announcement recognises the Sanctuary’s ability to demonstrate growth and potential for future success despite the impacts of COVID-19.
“Since opening in late September 2020 we’ve welcomed tens of thousands of visitors through our doors offering unique experiences with koalas in a natural and idyllic bushland setting,” Ms Latham said.
“This Sanctuary not only helps to protect and care for the Port Stephens koala population it is also an eco-tourism facility providing an immersive educational experience.
“Despite COVID-19 restrictions we’ve still managed to host hundreds of schools, Probus clubs and other industry groups to the Sanctuary.”
Winners will be announced at an Award ceremony in late 2021. More information including the full list of finalists can be found on the Business Hunter website.