WesCEF adjusts Moorditj Koort partnership for the COVID-19 environment

Indigenous community members in Kwinana and Rockingham now have access to COVID-19 support services, food and medical supplies thanks to the longstanding partnership of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF) with Moorditj Koort.

Moorditj Koort is an Aboriginal health, wellness and community centre located in Kwinana. As well as providing vital health services, Moorditj Koort is a place where many local Indigenous people meet and connect.

WesCEF and Moorditj Koort have been partners since 2014, and each year WesCEF funds the centre’s community events, such as NAIDOC Week and Sorry Day. The partnership also provides secondment opportunities for WesCEF employees to work at Moorditj Koort and pass on their expertise while building cultural awareness and connection.

WesCEF Aboriginal Development Consultant Noelene Mantellato said this year, things are different.

“Due to COVID-19, many of the events we would usually support have been cancelled and there is a need to provide additional support to local elders and vulnerable families.

“To ensure that community members didn’t go without, we worked with Moorditj Koort to adapt our support to suit the community’s requirements,” she said.

WesCEF pledged $10,000, that would usually be used for community events, to help the local Kwinana Indigenous community had access to food, consumables and medical supplies.

Moorditj Koort Chief Executive Officer Jonathon Ford said that Moorditj Koort is excited to continue their strong partnership with WesCEF. 

“It’s rare that a partner has the flexibility and innovation to support such a complex and vulnerable community. Often organisations tell us how they will help, but WesCEF always asks what will work for us.  

“With WesCEF’s support, over 200 community members received food hampers and essential supplies to assist during the COVD-19 response,” he said. 

Image: Kwinana Aboriginal community members receive food hampers as part of the WesCEF and Moorditj Koort COVID-19 response.