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%.
So, Green Connect set up to tackle three problems:
Green Connect is a social enterprise: a different kind of business. We recover waste, grow fair food – by which we mean food that’s good for those who eat it, those who grow it, and the planet – and we employ former refugees and young people.
We do all this with and within our community. We connect with others to create and grow a more vibrant, creative and caring community. To make this beautiful place, and life, better.
Kept 2,653 tonnes of waste out of landfill
Grew and distributed 20,628kg of chemical free food
Employed 106 former refugees and young people