North Coast

Cleanaway announces new partnership with the Northern NSW Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

The team at Cleanaway’s Lismore branch in NSW is delighted to be supporting the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service. Over the next three years, Cleanaway will provide waste management support to the Service’s Ballina Op shop and operational base at Lismore Airport, as well as at charity events held throughout the year.

Shane Tildesley, Branch Manager, Lismore, Kempsey and Coffs Harbour NSW said it was a natural fit, with the Lismore helicopter’s flight path and Cleanaway’s operations both serving the same areas, “Both Cleanaway and the Lismore Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service operate in similar regions throughout Northern NSW, from Port Macquarie to the Queensland border. We are incredibly proud to be providing support to this essential service that saves lives in our local community.”

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service operates four AW139 helicopters between three operational bases (Belmont Airport, Lismore Airport and Tamworth Airport) and plays a critical role in providing safety and support to 1.5 million locals.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service CEO, Mr. Richard Jones OAM remarked, “It has been a difficult period for our Service in terms of our ability to fundraise due to COVID-19 which makes Cleanaway’s new support even more significant”.
“The Rescue Helicopter is on standby 24/7 and that’s thanks to the support of the community and companies like Cleanaway. Their waste management services will provide a major saving and we can’t thank the team enough for choosing to partner with our Service,” Richard said.

Cleanaway CEO and Managing Director, Vik Bansal said, “It’s fantastic for Cleanaway to be able to support a fellow essential services provider and giving back to the local community in this way.”

Having opened in December 2017 to service the NSW Return and Earn container deposit scheme, the Lismore team have quickly become part of the community. Now employing 12 Lismore locals and operating eight trucks, the team service customers throughout Yamba, Maclean, Lismore, Casino, Ballina, Lennox Head, Kyogle, Ocean Shores and Byron Bay.

The region has high rates of recycling through the Return and Earn reverse vending machine network and the Lismore branch is proud to provide collection and processing services as the network operator, through the TOMRA Cleanaway joint venture.

“I’ve been with Cleanaway for 15 years and I still love working with customers to find ways to improve their sustainability footprint.” Shane commented. “I pride myself on our commitment to customer service excellence, and it’s been exciting to bring our offering to Northern NSW and provide those customers with real choice and options in the market.”

The Lismore branch’s commercial service offerings include front lift, rear lift and hook lift general waste and recycling, skips and bulk bin rentals, and grease trap and septic waste services.

Cleanaway looks forward to continuing to work with our partners in the Northern NSW region to make a sustainable future possible.