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The Pilbara Linen Project

WA's mining boom may be over but as mining companies switch contracts and change up their operations there is a silver lining.


Aerial view of a typical iron ore mine workers camp.

Pallet after pallet of new and barely used linen from mining projects in WA's north is being shipped to charities in Perth and overseas - and it's all thanks to the quick thinking of a man who went on holiday then found himself at the centre of a web of laundry logistics. 

Gerry McGann, a Food Rescue volunteer and also Rotarian of Millpoint Rotary Club headed up the project.

Recycled used linen from Fortescue Metal Group in the Pilbara including over 2,000 bed sheets and other linen was sent to eight different charities in Perth, East Timor, Thailand and Laos. 

Forty seven pallets of towels, sheets, doonas, shower curtains and pillow cases were sorted in Rapallo warehousing in Perth and all went out to charities to help those in need.  

Millpoint Rotary Pilbara Linen Project Mill Point Rotary Rapallo volunteers

The Mill Point Rotary and Rapallo volunteers celebrate the first load of linen deployed to those in need. 

This was transported free of charge by Toll Holdings on 22 August. The material was laundered and much of it was in an as-new condition. All in all just over $100,000 of linen was distributed. UCW programs received 1336 items which were shared among five of our programs.