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Mattress project offers a good night’s sleep

Members of the community joined the Maamun Danjoo Koorliny Waankininy Noongar men’s group to unload 80 recycled mattresses to be delivered to Aboriginal communities in need.
Members of the community joined the Maamun Danjoo Koorliny Waankininy Noongar men’s group to unload 80 recycled mattresses to be delivered to Aboriginal communities in need.

The South West Aboriginal Medical Service delivered 80 recycled mattresses to Aboriginal families in need last week in an initiative by the Spider Waste Collection Service.

Rob Santoro from Spider Waste began recycling mattresses for distribution in mid-2016, because he wanted to use his skills and passion for recycling to bring a decent night’s sleep to remote indigenous communities.

BGC Contracting helped with the delivery of the mattresses to the Bunbury Police and Community Youth Centre, where members of the Maamun Danjoo Koorliny Waankininy Noongar men’s group joined SWAMS to unload and distribute the mattresses to people in Bunbury and surrounding towns.

A SWAMS spokeswoman said the mattresses were well received by the community and the service looked forward to getting involved in the initiative again in the future.

“We are really hoping to be contacted again and would be happy to take on more mattresses,” she said.

“There are still requests coming through because word of mouth has gotten around and people were asking if more were available, so another delivery would not go astray.

“We would like to thank the Bunbury PCYC for storing the mattresses – if it wasn’t for them we could not have done it.”

BCG Contracting consultant Chris Davison said the company took its role in the community seriously and the mattress drop-off was one of a number of initiatives it was involved in.

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