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Our Community Involvement Projects

Just when we thought that we had experienced more than our fair share of natural disasters, having survived the worst drought and bush fires in living memory not to mention the flooding that followed, along came the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it in such times of adversity that we find that there are always unselfish individuals who step up to help those in need. In Australia it is known as mateship. At COLAS we also recognised that our communities are very important to our own existence, both as an employer and users of our products and services. So, it is only fitting that we make every effort to provide support to those people effected in their time of suffering.

Our Volunteer Firefighters

We are extremely proud to have 3 volunteer firefighters who gave up their time over the festive season to risk their lives to help rural communities fight the bush fires in NSW and SA. We would like to acknowledge their efforts and thank these brave individuals for helping those in need. They are Daniel Rensburg-Phillips from Topcoat Asphalt, Malcolm MacKenzie and Caitlin Drage, both from CNS spray seal.

Our Fire Relief Fund

CAG established an online relief fund to support the victims of the devasting bush fires that ravaged Australia at the end of last year. We managed to raise $8,965 from the amazing support of our staff, family friends and industry colleagues. CAG generously tripled the figure and rounded it up to $30,000 which was split between our three chosen charities: $15,000 to the Red Cross, $7,500 to Beyond Blue and $7,500 to Wires. These funds will go towards helping these charities to support those impacted by the fires to help rebuild their lives, the increased demand on support services from Beyond Blue and of course helping all the injured animals with treatment and ongoing care. We truly have seen some of the best rise from these unprecedented times. Thank you for your support.

Our Support for the Aged during the COVID-19 Outbreak

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been providing support to a number of aged care facilities across Australia in the form of supplying their care workers with much needed disinfectant and masks.

To date over 560 bottles of disinfectant and 3000 masks have been supplied to the following institutions:

  • Anglicare Woodberry Aged Care in Winston Hills, NSW
  • Anglicare Thomas St Lodge Parramatta, NSW
  • Warrumbungle Council Community Services, north west of Tamworth, NSW
  • Narrabri Council Community Services west of Tamworth, NSW
  • The Benevolent Age Care facility in Rockhampton, QLD
  • Tri-care Aged Care facility in Hervey Bay, QLD
  • Nazareth House in Wynnum, QLD
  • Aegis Aged care centre, Kwinana, WA
  • Second Bite waste food distribution centre, Melbourne, VIC

This is a small way of giving back to those who continue providing essential services to aged people within our communities in which we work. We will be continuing to work with these organisations to help where we can. If you know of a care facility in need, please reach out to Paula Perna at Head Office on 02 9624 0121 or email:

Irene’s CV19 gift

COVID-19 has affected us all in some way. We are lucky that our industry is considered an essential service, so we have been able to continue working. However, for those working from home and being isolated can be hard, especially when you have been a part of a team for a very long time. Irene has been a part of the SAMI family for many years and being in isolation and away from the team hasn’t been easy. So, when Irene’s birthday arrived, they surprised her with some cake and flowers! Happy Birthday Irene, we hope this brightened up your day.

Published: Mon 01 June 2020