WesTrac uses return and earn to give back to the community (2020)

WesTrac Tomago began using the return and earn Government initiative to raise funds for the Bush Fire Appeal. They've since started using it to support Hunter River High, a local school near the branch.

Community involvement is an important part of the WesTrac philosophy and culture. When our community needs help, we dig deep and do the work, providing assistance wherever possible.

During the recent Australian bushfire crisis, WesTrac and Seven Group Holdings both donated to the Red Cross disaster relief. In addition to these donations, the team at WesTrac’s Tomago branch in Newcastle began collecting bottles and cans for the NSW Government’s ‘return and earn’ initiative, with all proceeds going to the Bush Fire Appeal – because every little bit counts.

For months, Tomago employees rallied around this new recycling initiative and managed to raise enough to warrant ‘return and earn’ becoming an ongoing way for our team at headquarters to provide support to a local community charity or school.

Hunter River High

WesTrac Tomago reached out to employees for recommendations and Hunter River High (HRH) was picked. Tomago team members Amy McTiernan, Andrew Howard and Shaun Mills all visited HRH today to meet with Damon Barry, a Special Education Teacher from HRH who champions the initiative at on their end and puts the funds to good use.

“With the money we make from this program, half is used for activities and resources for our special education support unit,” Damon says, “The other half we donate to charities, which in the past have included Port Stephens Koala's, World Vision and the Mark Hughes Foundation. We really appreciate what WesTrac is doing for our school and the community.”

WesTrac Tomago will continue to donate bottles and cans to HRH, whilst looking out for new and sustainable ways to help the local community.

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