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John Weate - CEO of Community Resources














Resource Recovery Australia - Turning Waste to Wages

Committee Members

John Weate – Chief Executive Officer, Community Resources
John Weate is founder and CEO of Great Lakes Community Resources Incorporated, a not for profit community development association, charity and public benevolent Institution specialising in social enterprise*. John founded the Resource Recovery social enterprise in 1991, which has won awards for waste management excellence and won the inaugural Australian Social Enterprise of the year Award in 2013. For 25 years John has been a Local Government Councillor on Great Lakes Council, where for most of that time he chaired the Wallis Lake Coast and Estuary Management Committee.

Other Committee roles:
* Foundation director of the Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority from 2004-2013.
* Director and chair of Midcoast Water from 2001-2012.
* Founding director of Wateraid Australia (2004-2013), the Australian water industry’s aid and development charity assisting the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water and sanitation.
* Foundation board member of WasteAid Australia, to address our global responsibilities in the waste industry

In 2013 John formed a partnership between Community Resources, the Centre for Social Impact and The Westpac Foundation to establish Resource Recovery Australia, a national social enterprise operating in the waste industry. RRA work with Councils, industry and local communities to establish and scale social enterprises that sustainably manage waste and generate local training and employment opportunities for those experiencing disadvantage.

Community Resources acquired Soft Landing from Mission Australia in December 2015, with the vision of scaling the award-winning mattress recycling social enterprise to achieve even greater social and environmental impact. We call this shared agenda #Waste2Wages.

John holds a Bachelor of Science and an MBA.

John is based in Tuncurry, NSW.


* Social enterprises are commercially viable businesses with a purpose of generating social impact.

Soft Landing is a social enterprise of Resource Recovery Australia