The first challenge we faced was to find a suitable space for the facility.
We initially found a great site that fitted our criteria - however it was eventually deemed unsuitable due to its location.
It was important the facility was in a central, easily accessible area - for everyone. We knew there would be a large number of people coming from communities outside of Dubbo to use the collection point.
We wanted to ensure easy access for everyone - not just locals.
The industrial area connected to REDI’s Main Office came forward as a perfect solution. It was already correctly zoned, so it fitted in well with local council requirements.
Once we found the site - we needed staff to operate the facility.
This was REDI.E’s key role in the project.
We used our industry and community connections to lead the recruitment process. After several interviews, we hired three staff members. They would need on the job training, so we facilitated this.
We also held information sessions, to provide the community with information at each stage of the project. This way we could answer any questions or concerns.
In order to provide our communities with the best possible experience at the collection point, the decision was made to open Monday through to Saturday.
We implemented a casual pool of employers, all fully trained, to ensure the facility always runs smoothly.
With the help of the St Vincent de Paul Society, a network of clubs and organisations has been built. All of whom are hughley benefiting from the Return and Earn Scheme.
Due to the easily accessible location, many people from outlying communities are travelling in to use the facility.