Three community groups in Melbourne were awarded grants under Cleanaway’s MRL Community Benefit Fund in 2019.
Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN), the Deer Park Cricket Club and the Westside Strikers Football Club received $10,000 each from Cleanaway at a cheque presentation hosted by Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager, Olga Ghiri and Regional Manager, Meldina Klehic at the Melbourne Regional Landfill (MRL).
The Mayor of Melton Councillor Bob Turner and Councillor Bruce Lancashire from Brimbank Council attended the event to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of both grant recipients.
Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager, Olga Ghiri and Regional Manager, Meldina Klehic joined by the Mayor of Melton Councillor Bob Turner and Councillor Bruce Lancashire from Brimbank Council with representatives from Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN) and the Deer Park Cricket Club.
The WERN community aid program is run by Rotary Clubs across the West of Melbourne, collecting and redistributing second-hand furniture, bedding, electrical and whitegoods to assist refugees, victims of domestic violence, homelessness and mental health.
The Westside Strikers FC will use the funding to encourage greater female participation in soccer. Currently there are five female teams at Westside and the club wants to introduce an U/18s and U/11s teams in 2020. The club will also introduce a womens’ support coordinator to work on the development of female coaches and players.
The Deer Park Cricket Club community connectivity program welcomes new immigrants and asylum- seekers into the community by encouraging them to participate in club activities to help build networks in the community.
A total of $50,000 was made available through Cleanaway’s Melbourne Regional Landfill – Community Benefit Fund to support local sustainability projects, environmental regeneration initiatives, waste reduction efforts and community well-being programs.
To learn more about how we’re making a sustainable future possible working with communities across Australia, contact Olga Ghiri, Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0478 316237.