People who deposit their used cans and bottles at Port Stephens’ Return and Earn sites now have an extra reason to feel warm and cuddly.
Port Stephens Koalas has been listed as one of the charitable organisations that can receive refund, should people select it from the menu, at Salamander Bay, Nelson Bay Bowling Club, Tanilba Bay and Medowie.
The announcement follows a financial commitment from the state government earlier this month to have koala care and tourism facilities built at Treescapes, One Mile.
“The announcement of the $3 million dollars for the Koala Sanctuary doesn’t mean that any of that money comes to us for those every day running costs like medicines and veterinary costs,” Port Stephens Koalas secretary Ron Land said.
“Every dollar that people can donate to us is most welcome.”
The Salamander Bay Return and Earn is operational once more after a closure of about two weeks.
“The kiosk was repositioned in response to some safety concerns,” Salamander Bay Square marketing manager Dana Irving said.
“Now that it is operational again people have the option of supporting a very good cause in Port Stephens Koalas.
“Every 10 or 20 cents can make a difference and we have encouraged the shops in the centre to put up signs to let people know that Port Stephens Koalas is a cause they can now donate to.”
Port Stephens Koalas volunteer Christine Johnson reminded people that they must register a PayPal account with kiosk operators Tomra to be able to direct the refund to their charity of choice.
People can register on www.mytomra.com.au or via the myTOMRA app for smartphone.
“You must have your account registered to be able to give to Port Stephens Koalas,” she said.
“Then, once you’ve deposited your bottles you can choose option three to give to Port Stephens Koalas.”
Port Stephens Koalas will be an option at the Return and Earn sites until August 26.