Who we are

In January 2011 a group of people got together to solve two of the biggest problems in our region: unemployment and waste. Just down the road, another group of people got together to solve the unsustainable food system. The groups merged to become Green Connect and in the ten years since, a series of smart, capable, motivated people have each added their skills, knowledge and effort to create jobs that care for people and planet.

Green Connect does five things:

We employ young people and former refugees, who are disproportionately affected by high unemployment and who thrive in safe, welcoming, supportive workplaces

We grow fair food, that’s good for the people who eat it, the people who grow it and the planet

We reduce waste through our Zero Waste services for businesses and events and our innovative Op Shop

We connect the community, knowing that social isolation is one of the biggest drivers of mental ill-health, and that when people come together, we can solve anything

We run a sustainable business, with more than 80% of our expenses covered by income from trade

Community Resources: jobs that care for people and planet

Green Connect is part of Community Resources. Community Resources employs more than 500 people across Australia in jobs that care for people and planet, keeping waste out of landfill, growing and distributing fair food, and providing community service to those who need it most. Green Connect is one of its three social enterprises.

Our Team

It is only possible to operate a small to medium enterprise with lofty social and environmental aims when you have a team of wonderful, hardworking, clever, warmhearted people in and around Green Connect. We benefit from the tireless efforts of many and are a proud community of people coming together to create more jobs, less waste and fair food.

Our team includes:

  • Kylie Flament, General Manager
  • Annie Burbrook, Engagement and Support Manager
  • Emily Henderson, Farm Manager
  • Bron Williams, Staffing Solutions Manager
  • Lindsay Burlton, Fair Food Coordinator
  • Alexandra Godwin, Activity Coordinator
  • Liam Champagne, Gardening and Landscaping Coordinator
  • Mon Enriquez, Staffing Solutions Coordinator
  • Rod Logan, Market Garden Coordinator
  • Mark Thackray, Administration Coordinator

Our History

Green Connect was launched by SCARF in 2011, and received funding to develop a social enterprise providing employment opportunities for former refugees in waste recovery at events. It was started by Robynne Murphy and Sarah Chisholm. In 2013, Jess Moore was engaged by SCARF to wind it up. However, seeing that Green Connect could work as an enterprise, Jess moved it to Our Community Project, and led turning it into the social enterprise it is today, funding the majority of work (and employment and waste recovery outcomes) with income from trade.

Work in waste recovery grew, and labour hire services were launched to help connect refugee to staff to other businesses, industries and opportunities. In 2014 Green Connect also incorporated Urban Grown, a great urban farm working with young people, that was about to close down as its funding came to an end. This gave Green Connect the capacity to launch its third business arm: fair food. Green Connect started selling weekly vegetable boxes to households, selling boxes of vegetables to restaurants, and creating employment opportunities for a second target group: young people.

Green Connects goals were set: to create meaningful jobs for groups experiencing high unemployment. Specifically, it recovers waste, grows fair food and employs former refugees and young people. It does this with its local community.

By 2017, Green Connect had grown bigger than its host organisation and needed to find a new home that shared its aims and would enable it to grow further. In February 2018, the team moved into a new office on the main street of Port Kembla, Green Connect merged with Community Resources Ltd, and Kylie Flament came on board as the new General Manager.

Last year, Green Connect

Kept 157 tonnes of waste out of landfill

Grew and distributed 35,118 kg of chemical free food

Employed 111 former refugees and young people