Pioneering through Partnership

At a function last week, Port Waratah Coal Services and around 130 stakeholders gathered to celebrate and recognise the third anniversary of the Port Waratah’s Community Investment and Partnership Programme.

The event was held at the Newcastle Community Arts Centre and saw performances from the Carrington Public School Drummers and Happy Ukulele Group of Stockton (HUGS). Storylines, a book which features the stories of about 30 community partners from the last three years, was also launched at the evening.

Port Waratah CEO Hennie du Plooy said that the aim of Storylines is not just to report the key statistics of the programme over 2013, 2014 and 2015 but to share the stories behind those numbers.

“Through the partnership programme we have the privilege to see the amount and the diversity of work that happens in our community, often with very little recognition,” said Mr du Plooy.

“We have aimed to showcase the breadth and depth of work done by a diverse range of people and organisations. Storylines demonstrates the difference community-based projects can make to individuals, families and communities,” he said.

Over the last three years Port Waratah has provided over $2.1 million in community investments to over 135 different community partners which has helped enable:

  • The delivery of 150,000 meals to local charities by the Ozharvest team
  • 14,000 volunteer hours at the Mission to Seafarers
  • 1,700 nippers learning vital life skills on our city beaches
  • 800 families to celebrate Christmas because of the Bikers for Kids Toy Run each year
  • 115 Dads empowering their daughters through DADEE at the University of Newcastle
  • 45 Happy Ukulele Players at Stockton
  • 20 local schools support the development of the next generation of community leaders
  • 8.64 square meters of cultural mapping of the Port of Newcastle

“As a business and as community members, we are very proud of the impact of these community investments and partnerships but are very mindful that the shared benefits can only be delivered with the help and support of our partners.”

“We want to thank our partners for working with us and allowing us to make a contribution, to participate in their particular communities and help them achieve such important results,” he said.

“One of the biggest challenges in this area of work is communicating the real impact. No matter how large or detailed the statistics, they never quite seem to be able to communicate and share the difference organisations and projects have made to individuals, families and communities. This is why we have developed the Storylines book.”

The Storylines book can be downloaded by clicking here.


High resolution photographs available on request

For interviews with Port Waratah representatives or any of the organisations featured in the Storylines book please contact:

Paul Chamberlin

Office: (02) 6239 7037

Mobile: 0419 233 989