Partnering with communities
The WestConnex Community Connections Program supports initiatives and programs that benefit the economies, communities and environments impacted by and benefiting from WestConnex motorway. Through this program, we aim to contribute to creating liveable communities and to increase opportunities for equitable training and employment.
The Community Connections Program is aligned to the WestConnex Sustainability Strategy to deliver outcomes in five key areas:
- Cultural heritage
- Economic development
Two foundation elements of the program are the Community Grant Scheme and our Community Partnerships.
The WestConnex Community Grant Scheme supports and delivers positive and lasting outcomes for communities located within close proximity to the WestConnex project.
Providing up to $10,000 to each eligible community organisation, these funds are used to deliver initiatives that provide a sustainable legacy with lasting benefits to the local economy, community or natural environment.
We aim to support initiatives directly benefiting eligible community groups, to deliver outcomes in:
- Health and safety
- Environment, sustainability and cultural heritage
- Education and economic development
Download the Community Grant Scheme guidelines to view the eligibility and assessment criteria. Please carefully read the guidelines before you apply to ensure your organisation and initiative is eligible.
The next round of grants is now open. You can apply by completing the application form here before 3pm, 22 March 2019. Once submitted, applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their application.
WestConnex may partner with organisations, events or activities that are aligned with its values and objectives as outlined in our Sustainability Strategy. The focus of these partnerships is to support organisations that deliver programs which bring benefits to communities in western Sydney and support skills and education development. In line with this, WestConnex has partnered with the following:
WestConnex's ongoing partnership with the Wests Tigers has gone from strength to strength. It focuses on key areas of education, healthy living and grassroots.
With the support of WestConnex, the Wests Tigers community program doubled in 2017, developing and delivering an additional 20 programs across their key areas, reaching over 100,000 people in western and south-west Sydney and making it the strongest community program in the NRL.
As part of our community partnership with the Wests Tigers, we were able to help the club develop and launch the Varying Abilities anti-bullying program. The Wests Tigers recently received a significant Government grant to roll out the program to 20,000 people this year.
Wests Tigers sensory room
In a NRL first, the Wests Tigers have created a new sensory room at all home games, which is providing a safe, fun and comfortable space for children with autism and their families to enjoy the football.
WestConnex is proud to be a community partner of the Wests Tigers and support their efforts to offer an inclusive environment for western Sydney families.
Santa goes to south-west Sydney
WestConnex employees dressed up as elves and Santas to help the Wests Tigers players deliver presents and bring smiles to the kids staying in Liverpool Hospital and Campbelltown Hospital over Christmas 2017. All our employees said the experience was one of the most rewarding of their careers.
WestConnex employees volunteered at the second annual Wests Tigers Disability Day on Saturday 2 December 2017 at Michael Clarke Centre, Carnes Hill. The day provided insight for people of all ages and genders with a disability into the rigorous training schedule of a professional sports person and club. Everyone had the chance to pose for a photo with each of the players, take part in and watch various athletic drills, train to be a cheerleader and enjoy a sausage sizzle.
Talking science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
Engineers and construction employees from across the WestConnex project participated in the Wests Tigers career assemblies in December 2017. This was a unique opportunity to educate year 10 students about the various careers in STEM-related fields.
WestConnex is working with the GWS GIANTS to expand its GIANTS Care program across western Sydney.
WestConnex is supporting the health, harmony, education and employment pillars, delivering positive outcomes for disadvantaged youth, community groups and local businesses.
The GWS GIANTS held their annual fan day and WestConnex was proud to take part. Using VR goggles, fans were able to take a virtual tour of our tunnels currently under construction.
12-week men's health program
WestConnex was proud to present a 12-week men's health program from August to November 2017. Over 30 men lost a total of 480kgs!
Stand Tall program
WestConnex is proud to support the GIANTS' Stand Tall program that helps school students across western Sydney explore ways to overcome personal life obstacles, pave the way for positive behaviours and healthy relationships and build career aspirations. Students from Bankstown Girls High School visited the WestConnex Centre in June 2017.
WestConnex has partnered with KARI Foundation to establish the WestConnex Indigenous Driver Program as part of its commitment to deliver positive outcomes in the community. The aim is to empower Indigenous young people across South Western Sydney, giving them the opportunity to gain independence and full-time employment.
The program provides mentoring, education and assistance for disadvantaged Indigenous youth in South Western Sydney to obtain a Provisional Drivers Licence and be confident and safe drivers.
Young people in the program undertake group and individual training, be assisted by cultural and community mentors and have access to professional driving lessons. The WestConnex Indigenous Driver Program partnership will allow Indigenous youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in south-west Sydney to access the program free of charge.
263 Indigenous youth from south-west Sydney expressed interest in signing up to the first intake of the program. This included 32 young people attached to KARI’s Out of Home Care.
KARI Foundation has registered 75 young people from south-west Sydney into the official first intake of the WestConnex Indigenous Drivers program.
Candidate selection took into account social-economic situation, location, age, sex and ability to commit to the program. A waitlist for a future program with an engagement process has been deceived by the unsuccessful candidates to ensure once a position has become available they are still engaged with KARI.
Candidates have been broken into groups associated to location and ability to attend classes and driving school times. The groups have a staggered start date to ensure the availability of both mentors and the driver training school.
WestConnex has partnered with the Blue Datto Foundation to expand its ‘Keeping Safe’ road safety program, giving high school students from schools across western Sydney access to the award-winning program.
Blue Datto was established following the death of 17-year-old Philip Vassallo in a crash in which both drivers were red ‘P’ platers in Penrith. Phil owned and drove a much-loved Blue Datto.
Blue Datto’s mission is to change the culture of young drivers by altering attitudes and behaviours. The Keeping Safe program is an industry-leading education program aimed at 15-17year old students. It encourages the beginning of road safety conversations with their families and peers at home, school, in their community and across social media.
Utilising data from the NSW Centre for Road Safety, the Blue Datto Foundation has identified that people from specific communities around the WestConnex corridor and Western Sydney have a higher than average risk of being involved with a Major or Serious Injury or Fatality on NSW Roads, just because of the location in which they live.
The Keeping Safe program specifically targets the ‘pre-driver’ demographic (15-17 years old), who are yet to establish behaviours and attitudes that can impact their safety in a negative way. Because of this, the program is primarily aimed at Year 10 and 11 students.
In the 2018-19 financial year, almost 2,000 students across the WestConnex corridor and western Sydney will have access to this critical program which is helping participants to improve their ability to problem solve and make decisions, particularly in risky situations they may be faced with.
Safety is one of our core values and with the WestConnex project supporting thousands of jobs in construction, we recognise importance of keeping everyone involved in the project healthy, happy and safe.
We know construction workers are at higher risk of suicide and are less likely to seek out professional help. That’s why we’re proud to be supporting MATES in Construction as an industry partner. The work MATES in Construction does is critical to providing the right awareness, support and research to improving mental health and reducing suicide within the industry.
We’ve rolled out MATES in Construction awareness training to our staff, helping our team to keep an eye out for their mates.
We are proud to partner with MATES in Construction to help save lives in the construction industry.
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