WasteAid Australia join forces with Community Resources

L t R: Kate Brown, Anne Prince and Russell Couch (WasteAid Program Manager, Technical Director and interim CEO) and Mel Ridgeway and John Weate (Community Resources Co-Chair and CEO)

WasteAid Australia is delighted to advise that it has selected national not-for-profit community development agency Community Resources Ltd to be its new home. Established in March 2014 to address community based sustainable waste solutions in the most disadvantaged communities in Australia, Asia and the Pacific, WasteAid has already achieved significant advocacy inroads and on-the- ground impact in Australia.

In Australia, WasteAid specifically work in partnership with discrete remote Aboriginal communities where over 70% have no regular rubbish collection services. WasteAid work alongside communities to leverage their own skills and expertise to co-design waste solutions on their own land.

WasteAid has completed projects in partnership with Nulla Nulla, Murriwarri, Brewarrina, Goodooga, Weilmoringle and Walgett Local Aboriginal Land Councils and local Aboriginal Community Working Parties supported by Bourke, Brewarrina and Walgett Shire councils. The projects across 8 discrete communities have resulted in the removal of 436m3 of asbestos, 520m3 of legacy waste and 102 disused cars. In addition, 129m3 of scrap metal have been recycled, 118 new household rubbish bins are in use and 22 new public litter bins have been installed. Education resources for composting, positive waste disposal and asbestos awareness have been co-designed with communities including 22 local signs proudly displayed on country.

Most recently, WasteAid developed a Local Aboriginal Land Council Asbestos Management Guide in partnership with local government, NetWaste and industry partners to assist all discrete communities in NSW with Asbestos management.

The WasteAid Board is pleased to have found the right home in Community Resources, a like-minded organisation with a 30-year track record operating community services and social enterprises in waste management including Resource Recovery Australia, Soft Landing mattress recycling and Green Connect. Community Resources share the same goals of environmental repair, community capacity building, job creation and career development for First Australians and other people experiencing barriers to training and work. WasteAid has enabled industry training with over 20 Aboriginal community members as part of their work to date.

WasteAid Founder Anne Prince said the next stage of growth for the initiative she founded in partnership with communities, Australian Packaging Covenant, Local Government NSW, NSW Aboriginal Affairs, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, NSW EPA and NSW Health is a natural progression for the organisation and reduces compliance costs to enable more money to be spent on project delivery.

“The ongoing support from the NSW EPA over the past four years has enabled my vision to become a reality. WasteAid is confident that Community Resources bring the capacity, skills and passion to ensure WasteAid Australia is sustainable into the future. We are also confident that WasteAid Australia will retain their focus on working alongside Aboriginal leaders and local cultures through community development models that aim to ensure waste services are provided to all communities” said Anne Prince

John Weate, Community Resources Executive Officer, has a long history working in community development and environmental repair including a 10 year role as one of the Founding Directors of WaterAid in Australia, and has been a Founding Director at WasteAid Australia.

“Community Resources look forward to equipping the WasteAid Australia team with the systems and support they require for their work out in the field and their next stage of growth. We also very much look forward to our continued relationship with Anne Prince as she takes on the role of Technical Advisor” said John Weate.