The North Eastern Program Alliance (NEPA) team in Melbourne is focused on providing sustainable solutions that improve safety, efficiency and economic productivity to the local community.
NEPA, an alliance between Laing O’Rourke, Fulton Hogan and Jacobs, was tasked with removing four level crossings and duplicating the track between Heidelberg and Rosanna, which includes a new bridge over Burgundy Street.
Demonstrating their commitment to sustainability, in April 2017, the NEPA team engaged a commercial cleaning company called Clean Force - a social enterprise that employs, trains and provides ongoing workplace support to people with a disability or severe mental illness.
Stacey Palmer, Social Inclusion Manager for NEPA, said that through supporting Clean Force they are able to help improve the quality of life for mentally challenged people by creating employment opportunities.
“As at March 2018 we have spent $78,387 with Clean Force, which strongly benefits people with disabilities. We hope this helps to set an example for a more sustainable and socially responsible supply chain, and increases awareness of social procurement in our industry.”
By building a relationship with Clean Force and taking ownership of sustainable supply chain choices, NEPA has been able to make a positive impact on the community. Clean Force employees perform cleaning services almost every day of the week across project offices in Melbourne.
In addition to NEPA’s efforts, Laing O’Rourke’s Health Safety Environment and Sustainability Manager, Sam Donaldson, has been contributing in his own way.
At the start of February, Sam raised over $10,000 for Clean Force Property Services, competing in New Zealand’s challenging Coast to Coast World Multi-Sport Championship.
“All the training, preparation and commitment to successfully complete the 243km race was worth the effort knowing the fundraising would help promote and support the brilliant work Clean Force is doing to help people with mental illnesses find employment.”
Tim Fleming, Laing O’Rourke’s Head of Health Safety and Environment, showed his support for the team’s major feat, commenting on the genuine effect that Laing O’Rourke can have on societal change.
“I was delighted to kick off the team’s fundraising efforts with a donation of $1,000 on behalf of Laing O’Rourke.
“The team aimed to raise over $10,000 by the end of the event to help Clean Force support some of the most disadvantaged people in Victoria and New South Wales, and it is phenomenal that they not only reached that, but exceeded it.”
“Congratulations to Sam and his team for going the distance in completing this race and surpassing their fundraising targets. We are proud that our projects are taking the initiative to positively engage with their local communities, and to champion important social causes.”