TOMRA Cleanaway celebrates Excellence in Aboriginal Education across NSW!

TOMRA Cleanaway’s commitments to Reconciliation are focused on ensuring our areas of influence are used effectively to build and maintain positive relationships that create mutual value. Our heartiest congratulations to Ivy on her Scholarship and all the worthy Nanga Mai Award recipients.”

Michelle Mandl, GM – Communications, Customer & Engagement

 

The Nanga Mai Awards are the NSW Department of Education’s awards celebrating Aboriginal excellence in education. An annual award, Nanga Mai shines a light on the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal teachers, other departmental staff, Aboriginal community members and schools demonstrating excellence in a range of areas of endeavours from the NSW Department of Education community across New South Wales.

Our TOMRA Cleanaway team was thrilled to be involved in the 2023 Nanga Mai Awards. Our Team attended the awards ceremony on Monday 27 November at the International Convention Centre Sydney and were inspired and in awe at the considerable achievements from Award winners.

TOMRA Cleanaway was a proud sponsor of the 18th Annual Nanga Mai Awards. Our sponsorship in 2023 was directed to providing a mentoring scholarship to a senior school student that demonstrated excellence. Our TOMRA Cleanaway mentoring scholarship was designed to help the nominated award winner to immerse in learning about public relations, engagement, social media marketing, advertising and communications to deliver messaging to the community of NSW about Return and Earn, the NSW container deposit scheme.

What does Nanga Mai Mean?

Nanga mai is an Eora/Sydney word meaning: to dream. An important sentiment as we reflect on the educational outcomes of Australia’s First Nations Peoples. The Nanga Mai Awards event highlighted that more often, Aboriginal and First Nations Australians will end up not completing their schooling and are therefore less likely to enter tertiary education.

The gaps between Aboriginal and First Nations Peoples and other Australians in terms of educational outcomes are moving towards alignment, with innovative programs such as the ‘Connected Communities Strategy‘ being delivered in identified areas across NSW.

There is plenty more work to do though and TOMRA Cleanaway choosing to sponsor the Nanga Mai Awards is our attempt to contribute towards improving educational outcomes for an Aboriginal Student in NSW. It is an offering towards closing the gap and doing what we can within our area of influence.

TOMRA Cleanaway’s Reconciliation Commitments

In 2023 our sponsorship award was presented to Aboriginal student who has demonstrated outstanding talent and application in the performing, creative or visual arts.

We are so proud to be able to provide Ivy Simpson, Year 12 from Kooringal High School in Wagga Wagga City Council the opportunity to visit our Marketing and Communications Team at our National Head Office in Eastern Creek, to learn about how we communicate the importance of the NSW container deposit scheme, Return and Earn to communities across the state.

Our sponsorship of the Nanga Mai Awards was a commitment delivering outcomes from TOMRA Cleanaway’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Michelle Mandl from TOMRA Cleanaway’s executive team has led the development of TOMRA Cleanaway’s Reconciliation Action Plan and ongoing RAP working group to ensure opportunities across all elements of organisational service delivery consider First Nations Peoples. As a result, sponsorship of the Nanga Mai Awards occurred due to ongoing partnership opportunities supporting programs delivered by the NSW Department of Education.

Commenting on TOMRA Cleanaway’s involvement in the Nanga Mai Awards, Michelle Mandl GM Communications, Customer and Engagement said, “I could not be more proud of our ability to create meaningful connections and offer a scholarship of value to a NSW senior school student through the Nanga Mai Awards.”

“TOMRA Cleanaway’s commitments to Reconciliation are focused on ensuring our areas of influence are used effectively to build and maintain positive relationships that create mutual value. Our heartiest congratulations to Ivy on her Scholarship and all the worthy Nanga Mai Award recipients.”

 

 

TOMRA Cleanaway’s RAP

TOMRA Cleanaway is proud to be continuously delivering our commitment to Reconciliation as outlined in our Reconciliation Action Plan.

NOTE – The beautiful artwork that signifies the Nanga Mai Awards was developed by Gamilaraay artist, Wallula Bethell, in 2020.

Wallula Bethell’s artwork was inspired by Country, representing Aboriginal students, staff and families and their wider school communities in a celebration of outstanding achievement in Aboriginal Education.

TOMRA Cleanaway commissioned Rhonda Sampson, Kamilaroi Artist to develop our own Reconciliation Artwork, called ‘Caring for Country’. Learn more here.