VERTO says it has reaffirmed its commitment to Bathurst with the purchase of a prominent CBD commercial property.
The not-for-profit employment and training services provider has bought 229 Howick Street, which is next to its corporate office at 227 Howick.
The property at 229 Howick Street incorporates a number of units and is opposite the old Clancy Motors site that is earmarked to be part of an integrated medical centre and multi-storey car park development in the future.
Real estate records available online say 229 Howick Street was last sold in 2008.
VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell said the organisation has a footprint spanning NSW, Victoria and the ACT, but is committed to Bathurst.
"Since we first opened our doors as a regional evening college in the Central West in 1983, we have expanded to provide employment and training services in more than 40 locations," he said.
"Despite this expansion, VERTO continues to maintain its headquarters in Bathurst.
"We employ more than 30 local people in Bathurst and more than 80 across the Central West, supporting thousands of job-seekers, employers and apprentices each year.
"We're very excited to deepen our commitment to the Bathurst community with the purchase of 229 Howick Street.
"In such uncertain times, our communities need stability and a sense of continuity. Our message to the Bathurst community is clear: VERTO is here to stay.
"We will continue to employ local people, provide access to employment and training services, and support the job-seekers, apprentices and employers who rely on us."
VERTO chairman Andrew Abel said the organisation has a long history of supporting the community through fundraising and sponsorships.
"Alongside investing through this purchase, VERTO will continue to support local charities, events and sporting clubs in 2021 and beyond," he said. "This year, VERTO is a proud sponsor of C3 Cyclists, Panorama Platypi Women's Rugby League Club, Veritas House's Winter Wonderland Ball and the 2021 NAIDOC Dubbo Ball, to name just a few.
"VERTO provided more than $130,000 and sponsorships to charities, not-for-profit organisations, sporting clubs and more in 2020, at the height of the pandemic.
"VERTO's mission is to positively transform the lives of individuals, families and communities, and investment in our home base here in Bathurst plays a big part."