The Wests Group | 2024 Community Report

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THE WESTS GROUP COMMUNITY REPORT 2024

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

The Wests Group Australia acknowledges the First Nations Peoples of Australia and recognises their ongoing role as traditional custodians of the land and waters of this country. We acknowledge the people and lands that fall within our organisational footprint, the Awabakal, Worimi, Darkinjung, Geawegal, and Wonnarua Nations. We acknowledge our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, partners and stakeholders, and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.

The Wests Group Australia (Wests) is a locally owned and operated not-for-profit membership-based organisation. Our vision is to be our members third place, creating personalised experiences that excite, entertain, and inspire. We develop and nurture Rugby League as our primary sporting focus, in addition to other sports and impactful community projects. We strive to be a good corporate citizen and leader in our

CONTENTS WHO WE ARE 3 SUSTAINABILITY 5 CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE 7 PATHWAYS 8 AUSTRALIAN SPORTS FOUNDATION 9 NRLW 2023 PREMIERS 11 NRL 2023 SEASON 13 WESTS SPORTS 17 OUR OFFICERS 23 THE WESTS KNIGHTS FOUNDATION 25 RECONCILIATION PLAN 27 CLUBGRANTS 29 OUR TEAM, OUR COMMUNITY 41 OUR PEOPLE, OUR FOUNDATION 51 OUR PEOPLE, OUR COMMUNITY 55 Our mission is to bring pride, respect, and success to our region through our commitment to members, rugby league, community, and sporting excellence
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FITNESS & SPORT

WESTS CITY/NEX WESTS CARDIFF WESTS NELSON BAY NEW LAMBTON BOWLING CLUB WESTS MAYFIELD WESTS NEW LAMBTON
CLUBS NEWCASTLE PERMANENT CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
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BALANCE MAYFIELD

Hospitality, leisure, wellbeing, sport and community are the essence of our identity

With over six decades of steadfast presence, The Wests Group Australia remains the leading provider of entertainment, accommodation, dining, and fitness facilities across the region. Our Group takes pride in offering six registered clubs, including Wests New Lambton and Wests New Lambton Bowling Club, Wests Mayfield, Wests City, Wests Nelson Bay, and Wests Cardiff.

We offer a wide array of superior accommodation options. The Executive and The Gateway, both situated in the vibrant city of Newcastle, along with The Anchorage Hotel & Spa in the picturesque Port Stephens, present a blend of comfort, luxury, and relaxation.

Our renowned Balance Collective gyms, located in New Lambton and Mayfield, continue to support our members’ wellness journeys with exceptional fitness services, aiding members in achieving their health goals.

For entertainment, exhibitions, or conferences, look no further than NEX, offering a premium venue space right in the heart of Newcastle.

Integral to our ethos is the nib Newcastle Knights, embodying our commitment to the local community and the spirited game of rugby league.

Since 1960, The Wests Group Australia has been a pivotal part of the community’s fabric, delivering significant financial and in-kind support to a variety of local charities, schools, and sporting teams.

In every venture, we strive to embody the essence of hospitality, leisure, health, sport, and community - the core of who we are.

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SUSTAINABILITY

SAFEGUARDING OUR TOMORROW

Wests is committed to environmental stewardship through key sustainability practices. We focus on using recyclable materials, minimising water waste, eliminating single-use plastics, and harnessing solar energy with efficient panels.

298,644 Plastic straws saved from landfill

196,229 Aluminium cans recycled

182,957 Bottles recycled

223,000 Single use plastic containers saved from landfill Opt

12,650 KG

of cardboard recycled

55,125

Litres of cooking oil sent for recycling

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SOLAR-POWERED RENEWABLE ENERGY

In October, Wests New Lambton took another significant step towards sustainability by installing a 100KW solar system, equipped with 200 Trina Solar 500W panels and two 50KW inverters from Sungrow. Completed over six months, this project was carefully planned to maximise energy efficiency, positioning the panels in the southeastern corner of the Club. This initiative is more than an infrastructure upgrade; it’s a proactive step towards a greener future. By harnessing solar power, the Club will not only meet its energy needs more sustainably but also significantly reduce its carbon footprint. The system is expected to cut down approximately 110 tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually. This reduction is akin to removing 53 passenger cars from the road each year, making a substantial contribution to our community’s environmental health and resilience.

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INTRODUCING THE NEWCASTLE PERMANENT CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

The Knights connection to the community of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley was further enhanced in September 2023 with the announcement of Newcastle Permanent as the new naming rights partner for the Club’s Centre of Excellence.

The deep and enduring relationship between two of the city’s most iconic brands has been built on their many decades of support for the region, and this shared connection was a key selling point in the partnership.

Now known as the Newcastle Permanent Centre, the facility is the Knights highperformance training base for its elite men’s and women’s teams and the home ground for the next generation of Knights stars.

“We’ve had a proud association with the Knights dating back to the 1990’s,” Paul Juergens, Newcastle Permanent Chief Distribution Officer, said when announcing the partnership.

NEW LAMBTON SHORT-STAY: SUSTAINABLE AND SLEEK

Opening in early 2025, our new 10-room development provides stylish short-term accommodation and is conveniently located at the corner of Rugby and Hobart Roads in New Lambton. The design integrates communal living spaces, a multimedia room, and outdoor recreational areas for leisure and connection. Emphasising our dedication to the environment, it incorporates water conservation systems and a 15kw solar installation. As a component of our Pathways strategy, this establishment is a testament to our commitment to smart living and sustainability.

“The Newcastle Permanent Centre shows our ongoing commitment to the club, the region, and the people who so passionately and fervently support the red and blue.”

The instantly recognisable Newcastle Permanent signage was unveiled on the facility’s eastern, southern and main-field-facing western facades in November, just in time for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

“The relationship between the Knights and the Perm goes back a long way, all the way back to 1988,” nib Newcastle Knights and Wests Group Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Philip Gardner said at the official unveiling.

“What they’ve done for us here at the Knights, is they’re helping us with our home. This is the Knights’ home.

“We are so happy that the Newcastle Permanent has empowered us to get there. We couldn’t be happier for them to have the naming rights to our house.”

The partnership will see the Centre of Excellence referred to as the Newcastle Permanent Centre until at least the end of the 2026 National Rugby League season.

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2023 PATHWAYS SEASON

THE NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS HAD STRONG REPRESENTATION AND ACHIEVEMENTS THROUGHOUT THE PATHWAYS GRADES IN 2023

The Club proudly provides a system from the junior ranks all the way through to the elite competitions of the NRL and NRLW, nurturing the next generation of talent in the red and blue jersey.

In 2023, the Knights fielded teams in major competitions such as the Knock-On-Effect NSW Cup, Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership and Jersey Flegg Cup (Men’s Under 21’s) along with squads in the Junior Representative competitions including the SG Ball Cup (Men’s Under 19’s), Tarsha Gale Cup (Women’s Under 19’s) and Harold Matthews Cup (Men’s Under 17’s).

A few highlights of the season include all three Junior Representative sides qualifying for their respective finals series with the SG Ball Cup and Harold Matthews Cup sides advancing to the Grand Final.

Young Knights Logan Aoake and Cody Hopwood were selected for the Under 18 Australian Schoolboys side while Tarsha Gale Cup player Evie Jones represented the Under 18 Australian Schoolgirls team.

Tarsha Gale Cup teammates Leah Ollerton and Charlotte Barwick joined Jones in the NSW Under 19’s Origin squad. Plus, NRLW development player Jacinta Carter played for the Queensland Under 19’s side.

Our men’s Pathways players Myles Martin and Jermaine McEwen pulled on the NSW jersey for the male Under 19’s State of Origin match.

Knock-On Effect NSW Cup Team Tarsha Gale Cup Team Jersey Flegg Cup Team SG Ball Cup Team Harold Mathews Cup Team
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Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership Team

Unite with the Knights BUILD OUR FUTURE TOGETHER

AT THE HEART OF THE NIB NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS LIES A DEEP-SEATED COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY, SHAPED BY THE UNWAVERING SUPPORT FROM OUR MEMBERS AND FANS.

This dedication extends beyond the rugby league field, driving us to engage in meaningful social investments that contribute to the prosperity and well-being of our region. Our mission encapsulates this ethos: to bring pride, respect, and success to our region through our commitment to members, rugby league, community, and sporting excellence.

The Knights in the Community initiative reflects this mission, aimed at nurturing positive, thriving communities across our region. With a history rich in community engagement, the nib Newcastle Knights have fostered a profound connection with the community, supporting various not-for-profit organisations through initiatives such as game day fundraising, player appearances, and educational programs.

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In partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation, we are seeking tax-deductible donations to propel the Knights in the Community initiative, anchored by three core pillars:

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ELITE PERFORMANCE:

Elevating the Knights to the pinnacle of rugby league, fostering a culture of excellence & achievement.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

Strengthening bonds within the Hunter region and beyond, uplifting lives through active participation and support.

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SPORTING GROWTH:

Nurturing the grassroots of rugby league, promoting active, healthy lifestyles among youth, and ensuring the future vibrancy of the sport.

JOIN THE CAUSE

Every donation strengthens our community and helps secure a brighter future for our young athletes. This is your chance to connect with the passion and pride of the Newcastle Knights, making a tangible difference that will resonate for generations.

Donate today for a tax-deductible contribution and be part of building a legacy that goes beyond the game. Your donation is our strength—let’s create a future we can all be proud of together.

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NRLW BACK TO BACK PREMIERS

For a second time in a row, our NRLW squad etched their names into the history books, becoming the first Knights team to win back-to-back premierships.

Following 2022’s success, the squad aimed to fly under the radar in 2023. Our Club secured the future of premiership winners and representative players Tamika Upton, Yasmin Clydsdale, Hannah and Jesse Southwell, Caitlan Johnston, Olivia Higgins and Shanice Parker.

Plus, a host of new talent was brought into Ronald Griffiths’ squad with players coming from all over, including as close as Kurri Kurri and as far as Leeds, England.

After a strong Round 1 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons at home, the squad suffered defeat at the hands of the North Queensland Cowboys in Round 2. This would prove to be the only loss in their season.

From round 3 onwards, the squad won seven regular season games back-to-back, claiming a historic maiden minor premiership from finishing first in the competition.

Record crowd numbers flocked to see the side play. In a double header clash in round 6 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, 19,519 people attended McDonald Jones Stadium.

After finishing in top spot, the Knights hosted the first ever women’s semi-final in Newcastle where they took on three-time premiers, the Brisbane Broncos.

The squad defeated Brisbane 30-24 and set a record for the highest crowd figure for a standalone NRLW match with 12,689 in attendance.

Marching onto their second-straight Grand Final, the side went toe-to-toe with the Gold Coast Titans. In an enthralling match, the Knights trailed by six points with 10 minutes left to play. Our fullback, Tamika Upton put the Knights ahead with two tries in the final five minutes of the game which led to an elated triumph.

After the game, Upton was awarded her second straight Karyn Murphy Medal for the best player in the Grand Final, a fitting end to one of the greatest individual seasons in NRLW history.

Upton’s accolades in 2023 included the Annie Banks Medal (Queensland Origin Player of the Year), NRLW Fullback of the Year, Knights Player of the Year, NRLW Dally M Player of the Year, Australian Jillaroos selection and a fourth career premiership.

The squad was re-awarded the Key to the City by Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at a Civic Reception at Newcastle’s City Hall.

Notably, the following players earned their respective debuts during the season: Laishon Albert-Jones, Rima Butler, Sheridan Gallagher, Abigail Roache, Jasmin Strange, Nita Maynard, Viena Tinao, Georgia Roche, Felila Kia and Jacinta Carter.

In 2024, the NRLW side are chasing a three-peat in the Telstra Women’s Premiership, to create even greater history for our town.

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In the pre-season, the Club signed new faces including Jackson Hastings, Adam Elliott, Jack Hetherington and

Adam O’Brien’s team kicked off round 1 in New Zealand, before returning home in front the Hunter faithful in round 3

In round 5 against the Manly Sea Eagles, centre Dane Gagai ran out for his milestone 250th match in the NRL – a huge achievement for the veteran

Also, after suffering a concussion in round 2, Kalyn Ponga bounced back to play his 100th NRL game in round 8 against the North Queensland Cowboys.

In the middle of the season, and following a mixed bag of results, the Knights sat 14th on the ladder ahead of their clash against the CanterburyBankstown Bulldogs in round 18.

NRL 2023 SEASON WRAP

The team scored 11 tries to nil to run out 66–nil winners, the largest winning margin in Club history. The spectacular result would ultimately prove the catalyst in turning the season around.

By producing excellent attacking football, backed by steely defence, the Knights won nine consecutive regular season games, charging into the finals.

Their impressive victories saw them defeat finals contenders, the Melbourne Storm, Canberra Raiders and South Sydney. Notably, this was achieved alongside the tremendous support from their loyal Knights supporter base.

Our Club was deeply appreciative of the Newcastle and Hunter region, who turned out in numbers at McDonald Jones Stadium, resulting in three consecutive sell-out crowds.

For the first time since 2006, the Knights played a semi-final clash at home against the Canberra Raiders. 29,548 supporters watched the do-or-die final, with Newcastle narrowly defeating the Raiders 30-28 in extra time.

The incredible run of wins came to an end in week 2 of the Finals in New Zealand, as the Warriors proved too strong.

However, there was no denying the NRL side captivated our entire community. They created an unmissable atmosphere at McDonald Jones Stadium, resembling the glory days of the late 90s and 2000s.

Following the season, Captain and fullback Kalyn Ponga was awarded the NRL Dally M Medal for Player of the Year, joining Tamika Upton on stage as the best players in the game. It was a very special night for our Club.

Ponga became the third Knights player to win the highest individual honour, joining Andrew Johns and Danny Buderus in the history books.

In 2024, our NRL team will look to continue their hard work and progression in the upcoming season.

IN 2023 THE KNIGHTS WERE ONE OF THE COMPETITION’S BIG IMPROVERS, FINISHING 5TH ON THE TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP LADDER AND EARNING THEIR FIRST HOME FINAL IN 17 YEARS. THE TEAM EARNED 14 WINS AND ONE DRAW TO QUALIFY FOR THE FINALS SERIES.

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A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER

Two of our Knights made history on the same night, receiving the highest individual accolade in the game, the Dally M Medal.

Fullbacks Kalyn Ponga and Tamika Upton were awarded their respective medals for Player of the Year in the NRL and NRLW.

Across 2023, Upton produced a year to remember. The Queensland Origin representative was at the centre of the Knights attack on their way to back-to-back premierships.

Supporters will fondly remember Upton’s solo try against the Sydney Roosters with a kick behind the defence and regather in an incredible piece of skill. She led the NRLW competition in run metres with over 2,400 throughout the season, scoring seven tries.

Following a close finish at the top of the women’s Dally M count, Upton would earn her first Dally M award for a memorable season – the first female Knights player to receive the award.

Only minutes later, men’s fullback, Kalyn Ponga, capped off an emotional and breathtaking season to take home the coveted medal.

After suffering a concussion in round 2, Ponga was forced to sit on the sidelines for five weeks due to a run of repeated head knocks. Fears for his long term career were put to bed after a trip to Canada, where world leading practitioners in neuroscience tested and ultimately gave the fullback the all-clear to return to the field.

Ponga returned in round 8 to play his 100th game in the NRL, and never looked back. The No.1 produced some scintillating attacking play mixed in with his trademark competitiveness and tenacity to propel the Knights up the ladder.

Ponga would break a Club record for most goals in a single game with 11 against the Bulldogs in round 18. Across 20 games, he scored nine tries and provided 21 try-assists in a spectacular run of form in the latter part of the season. Ponga would pip Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson by one point in the final count to take home the prestigious honour.

Upton and Ponga would become the first Club duo to win the highest individual honour in the game on the same night.

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West Rosellas 2023 season

AS PROUD SPONSORS OF THE WESTERN SUBURBS RUGBY LEAGUE FOOTBALL CLUB (WSRLFC), WE FIRMLY BELIEVE IN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF OUR LOCAL JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT. THE ROSELLAS’ DEDICATION TO NURTURING TALENT, EXCELLENCE AND SPIRIT IS ONE WE HOLD WITH HIGH REGARD.

This season, three out of four teams finished in the semi-finals. It was also the third consecutive year that the Women’s Tackle Team competed in the Community League Competition. The successful premiership-winning team was also the Reserve Grade team. While the Under 19s team made it to the Grand Final but were narrowly defeated by Lakes United 14–11.

Our Knights NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg players added significant depth to the Rosellas First and Reserve Grade teams, following a rocky start to the season due to player departures in the off-season. Ex-NRL and Super League halfback, Luke Walsh, returned mid-season to provide crucial game management experience, and as a result, the First Grade team earned well-deserved victories. They finished in sixth position on the competition ladder.

Meanwhile, Lucas Miller experienced his first season as Reserve Grade Coach, alongside Jermaine Ale and Callum Richardson. The Reserve Grade team finished the season in second position, with a mixture of young and experienced players in the final series. In the Grand Final, they defeated the Maitland Pickers 14–6 at McDonald Jones Stadium.

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Junior players, Jordan Blundell, Kynan Toomey, Liam Williams and Preston Conn debuted in First Grade and were rewarded with an invitation to train and trial within the NRL.

Moreover, Matthew Atkinson was appointed as U19s Coach, complementing the existing coaching staff. Despite the team’s Grand Final defeat against Lakes United, the Club commends all players for their ability to step up to Reserve Grade and fill in for injured players. Their dedication and ability are a testament to the Rosellas’ mission to fulfil the potential of their players.

The Club’s Women’s Tackle Team was coached by Phil Hure and finished fourth in their respective competition behind Lakes United, Raymond Terrace and Central Charlestown. The success of the team’s performance is shared by the strong efforts of Strength and Conditioner staff, Lee Clark and Darren Jenkins, who maintained the fitness levels of all four teams.

We congratulate the Rosellas Club, including the coaches, support staff and committee members for their imperative role in the Club’s overall success. The Wests Group looks forward to the promising season ahead and the further development of quality local Juniors.

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WestsNetballBalance 2023

We are thrilled to highlight the continued excellence of Wests Balance Netball in our annual community report. Since its establishment in 2017, Wests Balance Netball has been dedicated to nurturing a senior pathway for our junior athletes within the competitive arena of the Hunter’s Premier Netball competition, the Newcastle Netball Association Tri-Series.

The Tri-Series Competition comprises three divisions – Championship, Opens and Under 23’s. This premier series allows our Club’s top 36 senior athletes and emerging junior talent to compete against the best in the Hunter Region.

This year, we witnessed an outstanding display of talent and team spirit as the Championship division team secured an impressive fifth consecutive premiership title. This landmark achievement speaks volumes about the depth, culture, and strategic focus of the club, solidifying its status as a cornerstone of netball in our region. With key contributions from Netball New South Wales Premier League level athletes, the Championship team has showcased exceptional skill and consistency.

We extend our congratulations to Club Captain Emma Prince and senior players Hannah Cullen, Karli Harris, Rhiannon Stokes, Meg Haylen, Tara Andrews, and Lauren Baxter, who provided the spine of our Championship team, ensuring their top-four finish to compete in the final’s series. The involvement of Premier League players Savannah Angelozzi,

Jemma Lucas, Ella Butcher, Sammie Chicken, and NBL 1 Kate Love brought invaluable experience that was pivotal in clinching this unprecedented 5th title.

The Under 23’s team also made their mark with a third consecutive grand final appearance and premiership title in 2023, demonstrating the high level of skill and competitiveness that Wests Balance Netball fosters. Notable players like Ella Smith, Ella Ross, Famke McCallum, Mia Marshall, and Layla Fearnley have shown thrilling performances that have caught the attention of several Premier League franchises and Metro League teams, offering them positions for the upcoming season.

Special recognition is due to Kate Love and Caitlin Dale, who were named Most Valuable Players in their respective 2023 Grand Finals. Our coaches Tracey Baggs, Julianne Fox, Fiona Maughan, and Kim Geise remain motivated and focused, aiming to continue our club’s dominance in the NNA Tri-Series Competition in 2024.

At Wests, we are proud sponsors and supporters of Wests Balance Netball, celebrating their incredible achievements. We look forward to the continued growth of our junior pathways and the ongoing success of our talented players, which ensure the longevity and triumph of our club in the years to come. Congratulations to all members of Wests Balance Netball for another remarkable year.

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WestsClubCricket 2023

We are delighted to spotlight the remarkable achievements of Wests Cricket Club during their 98th season of senior cricket competition. The Club’s success in clinching the Grade Club Championship for the second time in three years, along with retaining the Club Championship in the Suburban Districts one-day competitions, reflects the depth and quality that Wests Cricket Club consistently brings to both men’s and women’s cricket.

This season, marked by both achievement and transition, saw the club’s teams excel across various competitions. They made impressive runs to the finals in the First Grade T20 Newcastle City Summer Bash, Locker Cup one-day series, Women’s T20, U16’s, and Fourth Grade competitions. It’s a testament to the vibrant future of the club as emerging talents like Tom Thorpe and Flynn Guest stepped up to the plate, signalling the ushering in of a new era as seasoned players make way for the next generation.

We commend individual players such as Aaron Bills, Tighan Tosen, and Michael Orr, whose selections in Newcastle and NSW teams are a clear indication of the high calibre of talent being developed at the club. Additionally, the dedication of our coaches, involved with representative pathway teams, has been pivotal in maintaining our competitive edge.

The pristine condition of Harker Oval, which hosted several key association finals and four matches of the Australian Country Cricket Carnival, showcases our commitment to providing top-tier facilities. Credit is due to the dedicated curation team for maintaining such exceptional standards.

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Running a club with 16 teams and over two hundred players, primarily through the efforts of volunteers, is no small feat. Our volunteers have been instrumental in managing digital platforms, coordinating practice, developing player skills, servicing corporate partners, and running social events—essential components that sustain the day-to-day operations of the club.

Off the field, Wests Cricket Club’s engagement with the community through junior cricket skills clinics, entry-level Cricket Blast programs, and holiday activities underscores our commitment to fostering a love for cricket among the younger generations. Our enduring relationship with Wests Junior Club, established over three decades ago, promotes continuity, ensuring a seamless transition from junior to senior levels, thus maintaining a high retention rate.

As we look to the future, enhancing our infrastructure remains a priority to support the growth of both the Junior and Senior Clubs. Investments in new practice facilities, capital equipment, and maintenance are crucial to creating an environment that nurtures and develops talent, benefitting not only our clubs but the wider community passionate about cricket.

Congratulations to everyone at Wests Cricket Club on a successful season. We take pride in our longstanding support, spanning over forty years, dedicated to nurturing cricket in our region.

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OVER $2.2 MILLION

In just one year, we invested in the region’s social services, schools, sports groups, and communities.

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MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE

At the heart of our member-based organisation lies our unwavering dedication to the community, guiding every action we take. Our steadfast commitment to impactful social contributions enriches our facilities, offerings, and our support for the Newcastle Knights, fostering vibrant and flourishing communities across our region.

In the year ending the 31st of January 2024, our combined monetary and inkind social contributions surpassed $2.2 million dollars. This significant investment benefited local schools, sporting teams, community groups, and social initiatives, marking our substantial role in nurturing the region’s social fabric. We take great pride in collaborating with like-minded organisations that echo our social principles and aspirations for our community.

The governance of our community support initiatives falls under The Wests Group Board, which oversees four key channels: The Wests Knights Foundation, ClubGRANTS, Our Team Our Community, and Our People Our Community.

The Wests Knights Foundation is dedicated to enhancing health and social conditions, notably through the Knight Strong program, which collaborates with Aboriginal Medical Services to promote preventive health measures.

Through ClubGRANTS, we extend financial support to local projects and entities, leveraging resources from our registered clubs.

Our Team Our Community initiative encompasses player engagements, match day fundraising, athlete-driven projects, and advocacy for various causes.

Lastly, Our People Our Community focuses on the Community Care Program, encouraging our staff to engage in voluntary work by offering a day off for volunteering each year.

The Wests Group Board plays a crucial role in steering these initiatives, intent on exerting a positive social impact and effecting genuine change in numerous lives. Collectively, these efforts position The Wests Group to continue making significant contributions to the betterment of our community.

WESTS KNIGHTS FOUNDATION CLUBGRANTS OUR TEAM OUR COMMUNITY OUR PEOPLE OUR COMMUNITY GROUP BOARD
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KNIGHT STRONG OTHER PROGRAMS
The Wests Knights Foundation is charged with advancing health and social outcomes throughout our footprint.

A NEW HORIZON FOR HOPE: THE WESTS KNIGHTS FOUNDATION’S INITIATIVE

The Wests Knights Foundation, in partnership with Housing Plus, is forging ahead with a ground breaking initiative to support women and children escaping domestic violence. With a $300,000 investment, we’re creating two safe havens in the Hunter Region, designed to offer more than shelter. These purpose-built facilities prioritise privacy and dignity through self-contained units, a shift from traditional communal refuges to a

model that promotes healing and security.

Our collaboration extends to Jenny’s Place and Carrie’s Place, ensuring comprehensive, ongoing support. Set for completion in late 2024, these properties will not only provide immediate refuge but also access to essential services like counselling, legal aid, and education, fostering long-term empowerment.

At the heart of our mission is the Core and Cluster design, a testament to our commitment to innovative, trauma-informed care. The Wests Knights Foundation is honoured to lead this charge, transforming the landscape of support for those affected by domestic violence in the Hunter region, and offering a beacon of hope for new beginnings.

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(Left to right) City of Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser, Housing Plus CEO Justin Cantelo, Jenny’s Place operations manager Stacey Gately, Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Jodie Harrison MP, Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper MP, McCloy Group Development Director Shane Boslem, Wests Group Australia Director Katie Brassil, Wests Group Australia Chairman Geoff Coburn, Wests Group Australia Director Robert Darcy.

CELEBRATING CULTURE KNIGHTS’ WELCOME TO COUNTRY

In the 2024 pre-season, the nib Newcastle Knights introduced their Welcome to Country and Acknowledgment of Country video, integral to their Reconciliation Action Plan. Crafted with insights from the Aboriginal Advisory Group, it highlights the Awabakal and Worimi territories through iconic scenery, Aunty June Rose’s heartfelt welcome, and the Minimbah Dance Group’s cultural performance.

SCAN TO VIEW

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Focused on better opportunities for First Nations communities

DEVELOPING OUR RECONCILATION ACTION PLAN

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) formalises the Newcastle Knights commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including Awabakal, Worimi, Wonnarua, Geawegal and Darkinjung people.

By establishing this RAP, the Club aims to further engage with First Nations communities to create social change and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples, and to educate our members, fans, sponsors, partners, employees and the wider communities, on the importance of reconciliation.

This RAP was developed and will be implemented under the guidance of the Knights Aboriginal Advisory Panel (Knights Old Boy and Gamilaroi man Ashley Gordon, Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO and Wonnarua man Andrew Smith, University of Newcastle Pro-Vice ChancelorIndigenous Strategy and Leadership and Wiradjuri man Nathan Towney, Executive Director TAFE NSW North and Wiradjuri man Jason Darney, and Knights NRLW Head Coach and Gamilaroi man Ronald Griffiths)

Our vision for the reconciliation is to harness the power of our Club and the game rugby league to:

• Foster unity across our region and wider Australian communities through a shared understanding and respect for First Nations peoples and cultures; the history, the richness of language and custom, and the opportunities for all Australians to embrace and ingrain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage in our continuing national identity.

• Empower First Nations communities by actively supporting organisations, service and programs that ensure equity in health, education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

• Build trust through demonstrated policy and practice that reflects and respects the rights of First Australians and champions equality across our business and communities.

• Achieve self-determination and resilience for First Nations peoples and communities through our steadfast support of cultural immersion and inclusion.

• Celebrate, acknowledge and immerse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures in all we do on and off the field.

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club grants WESTS GROUP AUSTRALIA

The Wests Group Australia’s ClubGRANTs program has a proud history of funding a range of social initiatives. In 2023, our ClubGRANTS funding supported 42 local services and programs. We contributed over $2.2 million directly to our footprint communities, a critical funding injection to local support, community groups, veterans’ programs and social services.

With five Wests Group Clubs, our ClubGRANTs funding is extended to recipient organisations throughout Lake Macquarie, Greater Newcastle and Port Stephens.

The Wests Group’s ClubGRANTS donation in 2023 was including both cash and in-kind contributions. This will go a long way in supporting community initiatives and benefiting numerous lives. over $2.2million

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GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY

2023 BENEFICIARIES

Amputees NSW

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)

Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council

Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital Auxiliary

Cancer Patients Foundation

Carrie’s Place

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Clontarf Foundation

COPSY

EquiEnergy Youth

Family of League Foundation

Got Your Back Sista

Grace Tame Foundation

Harry Meyn Foundation

Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation

Hunter Children’s Research Foundation

Hunter Diversity and Inclusion Collective

Hunter Medical Research Institute

Hunter Melanoma Foundation

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

Hunter Youth Mentor Collaborative

Jenny’s Place

Kingdomworks

Lifeline Direct

Lifeshapers Family Services Trust (Soul Cafe)

Mark Hughes Foundation

Mothers Day Classic – National Breast Cancer

Myall Coast Radio

Nelson Bay RSL Sub branch

Newcastle Bean Counters Ball

Newcastle Hunter White Ribbon Committee

Newcastle Rugby League

Northern NSW Helicopter Rescue Service

Northern Settlement

OzHarvest

Port Stephens Womens Crisis and Support Group Incorporated

Riding for the Disabled – Raymond Terrace and Lower Hunter Centre

Ronald McDonald House

Rotary Australia

Royal Life Saving NSW

Salvation Army

Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre

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TO OUR FOOTPRINT
*The term “Wests footprint communities” refers to the geographical areas where The Wests Group Australia has a presence and operates its venues and services. The Group’s footprint extends from the Central Coast region of New South Wales, all the way to Coffs Harbour and out as far west as the Upper Hunter and New England regions. This includes a diverse range of communities, both urban and regional, that are serviced by The Wests Group Australia’s venues and services. The Group’s footprint communities are spread across multiple local government areas, including the Central Coast, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland, Cessnock, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Tamworth, Armidale, and Mid-Coast Councils, among others. Through its venues and services, The Wests Group Australia plays an important role in supporting these communities and providing social, recreational, and cultural opportunities for their residents. 31 mywests.com.au
2023 OUR CLUBGRANTS FUNDING SUPPORTED 42 LOCAL SERVICES AND PROGRAMS, CONTRIBUTING OVER $2.2 MILLION DIRECTLY
COMMUNITIES*
Soul Café OzHarvest Hunter Melanoma Foundation

HUNTER MELANOMA SPOT CHECK CLINIC

Hunter Melanoma Foundation (HMF) is on a mission to defeat melanoma through education and awareness through services and initiatives focused on prevention and early detection.

The Wests Group, through the ClubGRANTs program, contributed a donation of $10,000 which allows the Hunter Melanoma Foundation to deliver their annual Spot Check Clinic. The Spot Check Clinic offers free skin checks to the community in an effort to reduce mortality rates of Melanoma within the Hunter Region.

Since its introduction in 2020, the HMF Spot Check Campaign has undertaken 1450 skin checks and identified 68 patients with a suspected melanoma.

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SUPPORTING THE BIG MOVE

It’s not easy to walk into an unfamiliar place to look for help. Since opening its doors 20 years ago, Soul Hub has served countless meals, conversations, and services, relying on over than 200 volunteers each year.

With the news of their purpose-built facility ‘The Hub’, The West Group donated $300,000 through its ClubGRANTs program, to help with the big move. ‘The Hub’ is a complete fit out in a new 40% larger space. It seats up to 150 people, practitioner rooms, a commercial kitchen, wellbeing spaces and a laundry service.

Our work with Soul Hub exemplifies our unwavering commitment to giving back to those doing it tough. Guests come from all walks of life to receive comfort, food, friendship, and hope in countless forms.

Our staff and players often volunteer in the kitchen, to lend a hand by preparing and serving meals with a warm smile. This reflects our organisation’s strong value of making a big difference, where it’s needed most.

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With the news of their purpose-built facility ‘The Hub’, The West Group donated $300,000 through its ClubGRANTs program, to help with the big move.

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BUILDING SAFER COMMUNITIES

Our organisation shares Lifeline’s vision to build a ‘suicide safer’ community through assisting everyday people, groups, councils, leaders, and other services. Lifeline operates a 24/7 crisis support, 14 op shops in the region and numerous community programs, including Domestic Violence Alert training.

Over the years, we’ve proudly partnered with Lifeline Hunter, through our ClubGRANTs program and Knights 50-50 charity raffles. In 2023, we contributed $35,000 towards much-needed local resources through our ClubGRANTs program. Additionally, in Round 6 of the NRL, our 50-50 charity raffle raised over $1,000 from ticket purchases and the help of game-day volunteers.

If you or someone you know is struggling or thinking about suicide, you are not alone. Please call 13 11 44.

BEHIND THE SCENES OF LOCAL RESOURCES

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EMPOWERING OUR YOUTH

Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth (COPSY) is an independent organisation that focuses on achieving the best possible health and wellbeing service for Port Stephens youth.

Our ClubGRANTs program contributed $10,000 towards their Jupiter service, which provides free counselling to people aged 12-21 years old at Tomaree Library and Community Centre, Tanilba Bay and Raymond Terrace. The funds also supported their youth fitness sessions, as part of their wider program.

COPSY’s Jupiter service creates a space to talk with highly qualified counsellors and psychologists, who are trained in a variety of areas including grief, exam stress, body image, anxiety and self-harm.

SHAPING THE PEOPLE OF TOMORROW

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A STRONGER TOMORROW

The Mark Hughes Foundation is an organisation dedicated to finding a cure for Brain Cancer. Over the years, we’ve proudly partnered with the Mark Hughes Foundation through the ClubGRANTs program and 50-50 charity raffle to support their vision of finding a cure for brain cancer.

During 2023, through the ClubGRANTs program, the Wests Group donated $20,000. This funding enables the Foundation to continue the imperative work, directly supporting the administration of the Foundation.

Additionally, MHF volunteers helped raise over $7,000 for the Foundations research programs through the 50-50 charity raffle at the Knights round 20 home game against the Wests Tigers.

The Wests Knights Foundation looks to continue the partnership into 2024, naming the Mark Hughes Foundation as a 2024 Community Partner. VIEW OUR PARTNERSHIP IN ACTION

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SUPPORTING FAMILIES THROUGH BREAST CANCER

In the heart of the Hunter region, the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation (HBCF) shines as a beacon of hope, dedicated to uplifting those affected by breast cancer. This committed non-profit organisation goes above and beyond to ensure that every dollar raised provides immediate aid to local individuals and families, offering a spectrum of support services from private transportation to comprehensive wellness programs, designed to assist patients through every stage of their cancer journey.

The Wests Group has played a pivotal role in this mission with a donation of $20,000 through the ClubGRANTS program, enabling HBCF to continue its critical support services. This generous funding is a lifeline for local families, providing them with the resources and relief they need during challenging times.

Demonstrating the profound impact of communal solidarity, players from our nib Newcastle Knights had the opportunity to visit the Hunter Cancer Hub. This visit allowed them to witness firsthand the essential services and support networks HBCF offers, underscoring the value of community backing in the fight against breast cancer.

DISCOVER THE IMPACT OF GIVING

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COMPLETED SANCTUARY AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) stands as a beacon of hope for families grappling with the reality of having a child in need of prolonged hospital care. At its core, RMHC provides more than just accommodation; it offers a haven of comfort and security, ensuring that families have the support and solace they need during such trying times.

The Wests Group, through its ClubGRANTS program, made a generous donation of $82,000 to RMHC. This substantial contribution was instrumental in the renovation and enhancement of living spaces at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital site. By April 2024, this ambitious refurbishment endeavour was brought to fruition, offering families a beautifully updated ‘home away from home’ during their stay.

The Wests Group’s financial support of Ronald McDonald House Charities is a testament to its unwavering dedication to nurturing the health and well-being of our community members. This partnership not only strengthens our communal ties but also underscores the profound impact of collective effort in times of need.

We invite you to experience the warmth and tranquility of the newly refurbished RMHC accommodations.

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In 2022, through the clubGRANTs scheme, The Wests Group donated $82,000

As at April 2024, the construction has been complete for a family to call this place home.

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our team our community

KNIGHTS IN THE COMMUNITY

The Newcastle Knights are deeply connected with our community, fostering a relationship that is both enduring and impactful. Our engagement extends beyond the field through player appearances, game day fundraising, educational programs, and pivotal initiatives that support not-for-profit organisations.

In the 2023 NRL and NRLW seasons, the Knights devoted a total of 1,092 hours to community causes, underscoring our commitment to making a positive difference. This dedication reflects our core belief in the power of sport to unite and uplift communities.

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We acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their crucial role in our collaborative pursuit of meaningful change. Their support is fundamental to our collective mission of strengthening both our team and the community. Together, we are committed to making a substantial and positive difference.

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR

PLATINUM PARTNERS

NRLW PARTNERS

OFFICIAL PARTNERS

MEMBERSHIP PARTNER

MEDIA PARTNERS

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UNPRECEDENTED IMPACT: $89,877 FOR CHARITY

In an outstanding display of community and spirit, the 50-50 Charity Raffle at the Newcastle Knights’ home games achieved a remarkable milestone, raising a total of $89,877 for 14 deserving charitable organisations.

This initiative, which divides the total prize pool of $179,754 evenly between a lucky ticket holder and charitable causes, underscores the profound impact of collective effort.

2023 DONATIONS:

NRL Round 3 v Dolphins

Sione’s Foundation: $2,375

NRL Round 4 v Raiders

Jenny’s Place: $5,444.50

NRL Round 6 v Warriors

Lifeline: $1,342

NRL Round 7 v Panthers

Ronald McDonald House

Charities: $6,500

NRL Round 11 v Titans

Carrie’s Place: $5,148

NRL Round 13 v Manly

Hunter Medical Research Institute: $7,274

NRL Round 16 v Roosters

Breast Cancer Network Australia: $6,226

NRL Round 20 v Tigers

Mark Hughes Foundation: $7,388.50

NRL Round 21 v Storm | NRLW Round 1 v Dragons

OzHarvest: $5,718

NRL Round 24 v Bulldogs | NRLW Round 4 v Titans

Nova for Women and Children: $7,903.50

NRL Round 25 v Rabbitohs | NRLW Round 5 v Broncos

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service: $8,946

NRL Round 26 v Sharks | NRLW Round 6 v Sharks

Grow a Star: $10,151.50

NRL Final v Raiders

Hunter Melanoma Foundation: $11,820

NRLW Final v Broncos

Prelude Australia: $3,640

This success was made possible thanks to the enthusiastic participation of our members and fans, whose ticket purchases directly fuelled this fundraising effort.

Equally, the dedication and commitment of our charity partners, who volunteered on game days, played a crucial role in achieving this milestone.

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UNITING FOR THE HUNTER BUS TRAGEDY

In June, our community was deeply affected by the tragic Hunter Bus incident, which resulted in ten fatalities and 25 injuries. In a heartfelt response, our players organised a Memorabilia Auction to offer support to the bereaved families and injured individuals.

The auction featured a range of items, including match-worn and signed jerseys from the Knights, State of Origin, and the Olympics, as well as football boots, each accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Winners also had the unique opportunity for a meet-and-greet with the player at the Centre of Excellence when collecting their item.

The auction was a success, raising $13,095, with The Wests Group generously matching the amount, bringing the total contribution to $26,190. We extend our profound gratitude to all the bidders and the local community for their incredible support and compassion during this difficult time. This collective effort stands as a testament to our community’s unity and empathy, providing some comfort to the families affected, who remain in our thoughts and hearts.

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CHARITY PARTNERS

The Newcastle Knights have a long-standing commitment to the local community and have established partnerships with local organisations to help support and enrich the lives of people in the region. We are proud to work alongside our community partners, whose support has been instrumental in enabling us to make a positive impact on the community.

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OUT AND ABOUT IN THE CENTRAL WEST

Our NRLW squad and staff embarked on a five-hour journey to Wellington and Dubbo, to support the Wellington Aboriginal Corporate Service’s ‘Quit B Fit’ program, which is part of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking initiative within the Closing the Gap campaign. The focus is on promoting health awareness and prevention. During the visit, the team engaged with local high school students, conducting rugby league drills and enhancing their skills.

THREE YEARS IN A ROW

In June, we congratulated Talleira Swain and Noah Doig on being selected as the 2023 Male and Female Youth Ambassadors at the NRL Indigenous Youth Summit. It was the Newcastle Knights third consecutive year as Youth Ambassadors and it is the first year that both Ambassadors represent the same Club.

Students are selected from the NRL School to Work program, based on their outstanding leadership qualities within their school and community. This year’s Knights representatives were Noah Doig, Rome Toomey, Talliera Swain, and Lailah Clarke.

The NRL Indigenous Leadership Youth Summit is an annual week-long leadership camp held in conjunction with NRL Indigenous Round. Throughout the week, participants engage in an array of workshops focused on leadership and cultural development. This entailed the opportunity to attend discussions with influential Aboriginal figures. This year, Stan Grant and Greg Inglis joined the event.

A few months later, the students had the opportunity to visit Newcastle, where our Knights staff hosted them. Their itinerary included tours of the Worimi Land Council and the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle. The students also had the chance to observe an NRLW training session and later participate in a session led by our coaching staff.

During the Youth Summit, participants are guided through an extensive application process to become the male and female Youth Ambassadors for the year. The Ambassadors become leaders in the community, as they transition from school to work or tertiary education.

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GROWING OUR GRASSROOTS

The Newcastle Knights worked alongside the NRL Game Development team, to further invest in our game’s development in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland region. Carnivals and mini games were held across Toronto, Salamander Bay, Thornton, Windale, Cessnock and Kurri Kurri to provide opportunities for all.

The local kids participated in fun footy drills and practices, with special visits from our NRL and NRLW players.

Our staff also participated in the events, providing loads of free goodies including limited-edition posters for the kids to take home.

Our Club has a long and proud history of supporting grassroots rugby league and were thrilled to be able to support this important initiative.

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EMPOWERING STUDYING ATHLETES

The Knights and The Wests Group has committed to a third $10,000 12-month tertiary scholarship, under the Minerva Network Scholarship Program. The Program aims to financially support elite sportswomen commencing or completing tertiary education.

In 2024 Jules Kirkpatrick becomes the first Knights player to be awarded the scholarship, which recognises not only her football exploits, but also her dedication, leadership and commitment to both academic and community excellence.

Jules follows in the footsteps of previous scholarship recipients, Central Coast ironwoman Jemma Smith and Maitland-based para-athlete Aimee Fisher, in taking out the prestigious honour.

Our Club is committed to creating and supporting pathways for all women in sport, through fostering talent and breaking barriers.

The Minerva Network sees the Scholarship program as complementary to the mentoring program and development workshops that it has successfully delivered to date, all on a pro bono basis.

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PALMERBET BACKS THE JOHN HUNTER HOSPITAL AGAIN

During the NRL season, our platinum partner, PalmerBet supported the John Hunter Children’s Hospital (JHCH) during two away games in New Zealand.

In Round 1 and in the Semi-Finals, the PalmerBet back of jersey logo was replaced with the Hospital’s iconic logo. This was due to the prohibition of displaying Australian wagering operators on playing jerseys. PalmerBet also auctioned off Round 1’s match worn jerseys, with funds directed towards the JHCH’s services.

“Not only does JHCH do so much for Newcastle and the Hunter Region, but also a large portion of the PalmerBet team have young families and recognise the great work doctors, nurses and all the staff do at children’s hospitals everywhere.” PalmerBet Director, Grant Palmer said.

As a result, the John Hunter Children’s Hospital received a significant amount of international exposure as a valuable Club partner and crucial part of our community. We thank both PalmerBet and Classic Sportswear for facilitating this key initiative.

with 54% female representation 1,690 LOCAL

18 female employees completed the Wests/University of Newcastle

LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

OUR PEOPLE OUR FOUNDATION

A WELCOMING WORKPLACE FOR ALL Wests remains one of the biggest employers in the region, providing 1,690 people with employment opportunities during last financial year. A remarkable 181 people completed 10+ years of service, while 73 completed 20+ years of service. Our organisation continues to promote equal opportunities for all community groups including Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, carers, people with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ people.

CONTRIBUTING THROUGH VOLUNTEER WORK

Our employees volunteered their time to support local community initiatives, as part of their Community Care Program. They prepared meals at the Ronald McDonald House, sold charity raffle tickets at the Knights games and ran a colourful marquee at the Newcastle Pride Festival. By bringing a little bit of joy to someone’s day, our staff demonstrated the Wests values and made an impact in numerous communities.

6,973 Staff enjoyed

hours of learning and development

181

73

employees with 10+ years’ service

employees with 20+ years’ service

JOBS
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WELLBEING DAYS

Our workforce participation rates identify as:

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander 6%

Disability 9% LGBTQIA+ 11%

Carer’s responsibilities 34%

English as second language 9%

DEVELOPING OUR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Our organisation strongly values learning opportunities and the professional development of our employees. In 2023, our employees undertook more than 6,973 hours of development. 18 female employees completed a Leadership Excellence Program in partnership with The University of Newcastle. While 27 completed their Certificate III in Hospitality and 37 completed their Mental Health First Aid. Additionally, 7 are enrolled in the Wests Leadership Development Program.

MANAGING OUR WHOLE PERSON WELLBEING

Wests proudly offers five paid Wellbeing leave days per year. This ensures employees can proactively manage their wellbeing and ultimately avoid stress or burnout. In 2023, 89 wellbeing days were accessed by staff, who spent the quality time with family or enjoyed the outdoors.

CULTURAL LEAVE

Wests launched our Cultural Leave policy in 2024, ensuring our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees can participate in dates of significance, like NAIDOC week, or sorry business, and swap out their public holiday entitlement from 26 January to another date. Access provided to staff for

sponsors of
NEWCASTLE PRIDE FESTIVAL Proud
REPRESENTATION MATTERS
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CORE VALUES: ELEVATING EXPERIENCES

At The Wests Group, our core values— Innovation and Change, Community, Business Growth, Service, and People and Safety— aren’t just ideals; they’re the practices that enhance every experience for our members and guests. These values are the foundation of our unwavering commitment to providing unparalleled service and fostering a deep sense of belonging.

These values guide us in delivering dynamic, relevant services and creating an environment where every member feels valued and connected. We’re committed to expanding our offerings to enhance member experiences, focusing on every interaction to ensure it’s positive and memorable, while prioritising the well-being and diversity of our community.

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(Left to right) Joseph Delbridge, Robert Ford, Geoff Coburn, Rika Kartika, Julieann Stojanovski, Leslie Perry, Philip Gardner, Skye Jenkins, Jae Nelson, Kevin Lucey.

CELEBRATING OUR CHAMPIONS

We proudly recognise the embodiment of our values in the 2023 Wests Values Awards winners:

AND CHANGE

Robert Ford, Business Intelligence, leads with forward-thinking initiatives. INNOVATION

Jae Nelson, Marketing & Media, drives our expansion for richer member experiences. BUSINESS GROWTH

PEOPLE AND SAFETY

Leslie Perry, Maintenance, ensures our environment is inclusive and secure.

Julieann Stojanovski, Executive Guest Relations, strengthens our collective spirit. COMMUNITY

Kevin Lucey, Rika Kartika, Skye Jenkins, and Joseph Delbridge in Club Operations, make every moment count for our members. SERVICE

These individuals exemplify our commitment to excellence, enhancing the experience for all our members and making The Wests Group a welcoming place for everyone.

EXPLORE CURRENT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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STANDING TALL FOR EQUITY AT NEWCASTLE PRIDE FESTIVAL

In November 2023, The Wests Group Australia once again demonstrated our commitment to the community by sponsoring Newcastle Pride Fair Day, providing a platform for our team members to engage with the local community. Throughout the event, our team had the pleasure of interacting with numerous enthusiastic young individuals proudly sharing their affiliation with Wests and expressing their delight at seeing the Group’s presence at the Fair Day.

As part of our engagement efforts, we posed the question to the community, “What does pride in the workplace mean to you?”

The overwhelming response underscored the importance of ‘equity.’

This valuable feedback prompted us to update our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy to explicitly include equity, reflecting our ongoing commitment to listen and respond to the diverse voices within our community.

We remain dedicated to fostering an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected, and we will continue to actively engage with and support the diverse communities that our people represent.

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