BTA and Mineral Resources food outreach

Danielle RaffaeleNorth West Telegraph
Yandeyarra community development officer Trevor Delaporte, Hedland resident Sandra Waddaman, BTA deputy chair Alfred Barker, head of communities Ben Bryant, BTA chief executive Kelly Howlett, Mineral Resources general manager external affairs Mark Donovan, general manager of projects and services Josh Thurlow
Camera IconYandeyarra community development officer Trevor Delaporte, Hedland resident Sandra Waddaman, BTA deputy chair Alfred Barker, head of communities Ben Bryant, BTA chief executive Kelly Howlett, Mineral Resources general manager external affairs Mark Donovan, general manager of projects and services Josh Thurlow

First came the Mini Mart, now local community group Bloodwood Tree Association is partnering with Mineral Resources to launch a “unique and innovative” Regional Community Food Service programme bolstering its outreach services by delivering food staples directly to Hedland and Yandeyarra residents.

On June 2 the respected Aboriginal organisation established a Mini Mart which provided community members with essential non-perishable food items at discounted prices.

The initiative helped singles and families put nutritious and affordable food on the table during COVID-19.

And now the new programme will provide greater, consistent access to wholesome food supplies with pick-up and drop-off services throughout town and fortnightly deliveries to remote Yandeyarra communities.

The food delivery service commenced at the start of August and, just like the Mini Mart, will run Monday to Friday.

The company launched the service today with a community event which included a Welcome To Country from BTA deputy chair and lifetime member Alfred Barker and speeches from Mineral Resources general manager of external affairs Mark Donavan and BTA chief executive Kelly Howlett.

Ms Howlett said she hoped the partnership built on the success of the Mini Mart and existing social services in Hedland.

“The addition of a fully fledged mobile delivery aspect greatly enhances the Mini Mart’s capabilities and also makes a valuable addition to the existing social and welfare support that are currently available to those in need,” she said.

Students will be involved in the new project with BTA and Mineral Resources partnering with local schools to create a unique brand design for delivery vehicles, drivers’ uniforms and promotional material for the programme.

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