Adelaide-based oil and gas exploration and production company Beach Energy has donated more than $17,000 to Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) with funds raised through a recycling initiative.
Trevor Schache, an operator-mechanic working at Beach Energy’s Western Flank operations in the Cooper Basin, observed recyclable scrap from the company’s Callawonga Camp was being disposed of via a waste disposal contractor. During his January and March leave breaks, Mr Schache loaded three years of accumulated recyclable scrap into two road trains, which travelled 1100km to Adelaide. The recyclable scrap was sold to Sims Metal and the Scout Recycling Centre, generating more than $17,000.
Mr Schache chose the RFDS because its invaluable service supporting remote communities, including Beach Energy field staff, during emergency periods. The funds raised will go towards the $6 million purchase and medical fit-out of a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
RFDS central operations general manager, public relations and marketing, Charlie Paterson praised Mr Schache for his community spirit.
“This donation and the effort that has gone into it, is a fantastic show of community spirit from Trevor, who took the initiative to spend the best part of his annual leave week negotiating floodwaters to make this donation happen for the RFDS,” he said.
“Beach Energy has been a long-term Corporate Partner of the RFDS and it’s just fantastic to see this support demonstrated at an individual level by Trevor.”