Guy Sebastian has always responded to calls from Macarthur. Last year, the award-winning singer-songwriter celebrated his birthday with Picton High School students making a surprise appearance to lift their spirits with an impromptu little concert following the Buxton tragedy.

He talked about mental health and shared some of his own experiences of grief, in broad terms, to encourage the students to be open about their feelings with one another and the specialists engaged to support them.

Now his Sebastian Foundation has partnered with Campbelltown City Council and local clothes recycling business E-Thread to launch a new initiative to support youth mental health and improve sustainability across the city.

“We are thrilled that the council has come on board with this initiative,” Mr Sebastian said.

“The E-Thread program is a perfect way to address a huge environmental challenge while making a real difference to the community. It’s a beautiful example of a circular economy.”

Seventeen clothing collection bins have been placed at prominent locations across Campbelltown so people can drop off their unwanted clothing, which will then be recycled by E-Thread, providing affordable clothing options for people.

All proceeds are used to help schools access Open Parachute, a youth mental health service active in local high schools that reaches more than 1200 students with a range of programs to teach mental health skills and build resilience in young people.

“These bins are an easy way for people to dispose of their unwanted clothing, keeping it out of landfill, while providing other people within the community the opportunity to find good quality and affordable clothing,” Mayor of Campbelltown, Dr George Greiss said.

Zac Bank of E-Thread said that by coming together with a shared purpose, “we can make a real impact by promoting responsible recycling, transforming our communities into thriving sustainable hubs, and contributing to positive social change for young Australians.”

Clothing bin locations include:

  • Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown
  • Allman Street Car Park, Campbelltown
  • Lithgow Street Car Park, Campbelltown
  • Coogan Lane Car Park, Campbelltown
  • Broughton Street Car Park, Campbelltown
  • Farrow Road Commuter Car Park, Campbelltown x2
  • Animal Care Facility, 2 Rose Street Campbelltown
  • Campbelltown Sports Ground Car Park – Wests Leagues, Leumeah
  • Plough Inn Commuter Car Park – South, Leumeah x2
  • Coronation Park Car Park, Minto x2
  • Carlisle Street West Car Park, Ingleburn
  • Macquarie Road Car Park – Ingleburn x2
  • Glenfield Carpark – Magee Lane, Glenfield