The Illawarra grew out of the development of mining and manufacturing, particularly coal and steel. These industries created jobs. They also had big environmental impacts.

Today, these industries are shedding jobs and the region has one of the highest unemployment rates in Australia. This makes life harder, and it affects some groups more than others. Wollongong has a big refugee population, and only 31% of refugees have a job 5 years after resettlement. In Port Kembla and Warrawong, where we’re based, youth unemployment sits at 22 to 36%.

Last year, Green Connect...

  • <p>Kept <b>1,990</b><strong> tonnes of waste</strong> out of landfill</p>

    Kept 1,990 tonnes of waste out of landfill

  • <p>Grew and distributed <strong>13,754kg of chemical free food</strong></p>

    Grew and distributed 13,754kg of chemical free food

  • <p>Employed <strong>114 former refugees and young people</strong></p>

    Employed 114 former refugees and young people

National Reconciliation Week starts today and there are some great resources at https://t.co/nTzh4Ugo7X. There's no time like the present to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that... https://t.co/ZGOt1lplbL

More on the push for Plastic Free Port Kembla, and Plastic Free Wollongong. https://t.co/B9QZsdTMpq

All around the world, communities and countries are tackling waste issues, especially single-use plastic. Here’s a particularly interesting case study. https://t.co/BjuoT6WNAb

We love being part of the Port Kembla community and initiatives like this one to bring back the paper bag and reduce single-use plastic. Nice work, Port Kembla Chamber of Commerce! https://t.co/gy7fUF2TmH

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