The Government of NSW has been working with Waste Aid since the formation of the Sustainable Waste in Aboriginal Communities Working Party in October 2014. A number of government departments are represented including Aboriginal Affairs, Environment Protection Authority and NSW Health.
NSW Environment Protection Authority initiated a Aboriginal Waste Co-ordination and Strategy Support Package allowing the employment of a Program Director and the development of a Waste Strategy and Implementation Plan for NSW Discrete Aboriginal Communities. The EPA is an active project partner at Bourke and Enngonia providing funding in partnership with the Australian Packaging Covenant.
NSW Health funded the inaugural employment of two Community Environment Advisers, a first for NSW, in the communities of Bourke and Enngonia. The funding also contributed to training and the purchase of resources and equipment to support the staff in the field.
Rural Fire Service (RFS)
is an active participant in our Bourke project providing funding to clean up bulky waste and illegal dumping on local Aboriginal lands at both Bourke and Enngonia to reduce fire hazards. A pad was provided for the storage of car bodies and allowed cars to be moved out of the communities and away from homes. RFS is a member of the Bourke Waste Advisory Committee.
Bourke Shire Council (BSC)
is an active project partner providing in-kind services in relation to waste management, litter, illegal dumping and clean-up activities. BSC is a member of the Bourke Waste Advisory Committee.
Zero Waste SA
partnered with Waste Aid to deliver the first project to recover cardboard from Aboriginal owned community stores in the APY lands of north west South Australia. Five cardboard balers were installed and over 650 bales are expected each year to be recycled with the proceeds being returned to the community benefit fund.
NSW Aboriginal Affairs
staff at all levels of the organisation support and assist Waste Aid meet its project goals. Specifically, regional staff based at Bourke continue to provide on ground support and assistance in implementing the waste management model. Staff also provide secretariat services to the Bourke Waste Advisory Committee (BWAC).
NSW Aboriginal Land Council
is an active member of the Sustainable Waste in Aboriginal Communities Working Party.
Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation (MPREC)
provided staff and equipment to support the litter clean-up in Alice Edwards Village, Bourke and Clara Hart Village, Enngonia.
The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC)
provided a foundation grant to establish the organisation. APC continues to be a project partner in our work in the APY Lands of far north west SA and at Bourke and Enngonia in western NSW. It is an active member of the Sustainable Waste in Aboriginal Communities Working Party.
is an active member of the Sustainable Waste in Aboriginal Communities Working Party and promotes “waste to wages” through social enterprise.
donated mobile garbage bins to the Bourke and Engonnia project.
Swinburne University’s Centre for Design Innovation in partnership with Waste Aid is researching the impact of poorly managed waste on the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in remote regions. Swinburne is committed to support Waste Aid in its endeavours to target projects to where the greatest health benefits will occur arising our improved waste management through the funding of an Aboriginal PhD student to expand on the outcomes of the above literature review based research.
The company “ Littergrabber “ has been operating for over 10 years and are the Australian importers of the Helping Hand environmental range of litter clearance equipment, which is distributed throughout councils in Australia and New Zealand. Littergrabber provided Waste Aid with an abundance of high quality litter clearance equipment with a substantial discount, and are a continued supporter of our projects.