WAFL Eagles Captain Jackson Nelson and Community Partnerships and Governance Manager Sam Rotham ventured north as part of the BHP role model visits, joining Newman staff on the streets of East Newman for the annual community clean up event.

Sam Rotham and Jackson Nelson

From bottles and cans to tyres and mattresses, the team was put to work alongside various other key stakeholders in the region looking to foster a strong sense of community and promote a more sustainable future for the local residents.

The collaborative effort facilitated by the Shire of East Newman led to ten skip bins being filled up over the two-day clean-up with the waste taken off the street totalling close to 60 cubic metres of rubbish.

Newman Youth Engagement Coordinator Brendon Daily praised the volume of work put in by organisations and members of the local community to band together and have such an overwhelmingly positive impact on the town.

“The day was really successful, and it was great to join forces again with a host of familiar faces whilst also collaborating with several new stakeholders embarking on their first Street Blitz this year”, he said.

“It’s important for us to make sure we continue to support these kinds of activations in Newman and provide a more sustainable future for regional youth.”

The Perth-based staff assisted with various youth engagement opportunities during their visit in Newman, with Nelson and Rotham joining Daily on the local ovals for the Nightfields and Footy Fever in Train Park sessions.

There may be a few more talented footballers coming through Newman in the future too, with the two Eagles role models providing the starry-eyed youngsters with plenty of football knowledge and insight alongside a few stories from playing in the AFL and WAFL.

“The interaction between the guys and the locals whilst we’re moving through the town really creates a fun environment, with the boys providing plenty of photos and chats to whoever came over.”

“It’s fantastic that the Club continues to be an active presence within regional communities and the impact of the West Coast Eagles brand goes far beyond just football.”

Successful and impactful community engagement opportunities wouldn’t be possible in the Pilbara without our Youth Engagement Partner in BHP. The West Coast Eagles are proud of the impact this partnership is having on regional communities across WA.