CWA of NSW donation: Veolia pledges support for drought-affected rural communities

Veolia Australia and New Zealand has rallied behind struggling farming communities, providing a donation to the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW’s Disaster Relief Fund.



Today, Danny Conlon, CEO and Managing Director of Veolia Australia and New Zealand presented CWA of NSW's CEO, Danica Leys, with a cheque for $45,742.

The money was raised as part of an organisation-wide employee fundraising drive which saw contributions made from across the region, including New Zealand.

Around $22,000 was raised through employee donations alone, with Veolia matching contributions.

Danny Conlon, Veolia Australia and New Zealand CEO and Managing Director said, “Veolia is pleased to present CWA of NSW with this grant. Their Disaster Relief Fund has received widespread praise because one hundred percent of funds go to farming families most critically affected - those who are unable to pay for essential items like school, grocery and medical bills.”

Many regions continue to experience some of the driest conditions in recent memory after record-low rainfall, with no end in sight. As a result, an increasing number of farmers and communities are facing immense social and financial pressure.

Danny added, “As an environmental solutions provider across water, waste and energy, and with operations in communities deeply affected by current drought conditions, we wanted to contribute in some way. It’s a cause our employees are deeply supportive of and many have seen first-hand the devastating consequences in their own communities.”

CWA of NSW CEO, Danica Leys, thanked Veolia for its support, stating, “We are so grateful for the support from Veolia towards our Disaster Relief Fund. Donations like these and others have enabled the CWA of NSW to distribute over $10 million in support to drought affected communities since July 2018. The support helps cover household bills that don’t stop in the drought. Aside from the monetary donation it is also genuinely heartening to see awareness of this issue within the Veolia team and a genuine willingness to want to help to make a difference.”

About the CWA of NSW’s Disaster Relief Fund

The CWA of NSW’s Disaster Relief Fund was set up specifically to assist individuals and families in financial circumstances due to disaster. CWA of NSW helps those affected by drought by assisting with household expenses such as groceries, vehicle maintenance, school, electricity, a rates installment up to $1,000, telephone, dental and medical bills. These grants are designed to help people with the household needs and expenses they have right now.



About Veolia Australia and New Zealand:
Veolia Australia and New Zealand (Veolia) is the region’s only environmental solutions organisation with specific capabilities across water and wastewater treatment, energy management, waste and resource recovery services, and industrial cleaning and facilities maintenance services. Veolia employs 4000 employees and operates across more than 240 locations within the region.

About Veolia:
Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 171,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.

In 2018, the Veolia group supplied 95 million people with drinking water and 63 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 56 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 49 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €25.91 billion in 2018 (USD 30.6 billion).


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