METAL FOR MOBILITY: Cerebral Palsy League clients Luke Conroy, Leslie Veber and Michelle Walters celebrate a new partnership with Bechtel and APLNG including Ben Cox from the Cerebral Palsy League, Bechtel site manager Mike DiCarlo, Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg and Gladstone site manager for APLNG Danny O’Dell.
METAL FOR MOBILITY: Cerebral Palsy League clients Luke Conroy, Leslie Veber and Michelle Walters celebrate a new partnership with Bechtel and APLNG including Ben Cox from the Cerebral Palsy League, Bechtel site manager Mike DiCarlo, Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg and Gladstone site manager for APLNG Danny O’Dell. Luka Kauzlaric

Gladstone industries recycle metal to help disabled kids

RECYCLING scrap metal for cash is a fundraising program of a different kind, but one that will help children with disabilities in Gladstone realise their full potential.

The funds from the new Metal for Mobility partnership between the Bechtel and the Australian Pacific LNG project will firstly go towards upgrading the Cerebral Palsy League centre in Gladstone, so it is more accessible to more people.

It will then enable the CPL to provide more programs, more services and more equipment to the Gladstone region.

  • APLNG's Curtis Island site will dispose of their scrap metal into special bins onsite.
  • The scrap metal is weighed and sold to merchants.
  • Funds are donated to the Cerebral Palsy League.
  • The CPL directs funds to local programs for children and adults with disabilities.

All sales proceeds are donated to the Cerebral Palsy League, and the industry giants launched the program with a $6779 donation.

CPL fundraising general manager Ben Cox told a gathering at Gladstone Marina on Thursday the program was "critically important" for the Gladstone community.

"Currently in the Gladstone region there are 770 people who need our help who aren't getting it, who we need to work with," he said.

"Together Bechtel, APLNG and the Cerebral Palsy League will be helping the people in the Gladstone community walk, talk, and maybe one day tell their mums that they love them."

Gladstone site manager for APLNG Danny O'Dell said it was easy to get immersed with the project and not realise such needs existed.

"We try to look beyond short term objectives and challenges, and try to see what is out there that can make a difference," he said.

"We will embrace this going forward - we're not trying to generate waste on the job site and we're conscious of the environmental impacts of generating waste but as we recycle material and it's transfered into donations it's only good for everyone."

Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said the initial $7000 contribution had the potential to have a massive impact on local families and individuals living with cerebral palsy.

"And we hope that with the support of the other organisations in the Gladstone region, we may be able to make an even bigger impact," he said.

A Bechtel project in Moranbah has already donated more than $100,000 to the program in that region, with more than 180 tonnes of sscrap metal recycled, and savings of $27,000 in disposal costs and a reduction in the company's carbon footprint.

Cerebal palsy:

  • Affects the way the brain controls the body's muscles resulting in speech, movement and posture difficulties.
  • Many causes are unknown, although it is believed to be associated with injury or changes to the developing brain.
  • Every 14 hours a child is born with Cerebral Palsy, which requires early intervention.
  • About 7000 Queenslanders have cerebral palsy.
  • For every client the CPL supports, there are five more Queenslanders who need our help who we don't have funds to reach.