We made our bi-annual trip to the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve, where our staff from different areas of the business got the chance to learn first-hand about the reserve, its purpose and why it’s important to the bank and its customers.
On Thursday 10 May, staff from Greening Australia and Trust for Nature joined Bank Australia staff to explain the biodiversity that exists on the reserve and the importance of environmental conservation in protecting healthy biodiversity. Staff were also lucky enough to be visited from the Barengi Gadjin Land Council who told stories about the traditional ways of the land.
Healthy biodiversity (the variety of life on earth) means clean air and fresh water, more productive soils, the ability to recover more quickly from natural disasters and the capacity to easily adapt to a changing climate. Projects like the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve play a vital role in achieving this.
Whilst the day was incredibly wet, the rain didn't dampen the spirits of our staff.
“The passion and knowledge from the staff who help maintain the Conservation was priceless and made me realise that in a world that is fast paced and ever-changing, that we really need to take a step back and understand that we can do small things that really do make a big difference for future generations.” - James Butler from our Fitzroy branch
Every Bank Australia customer is a part owner in the 927-hectare Conservation Reserve which is home to 13 threatened species including the Buloke woodlands and the endangered Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. The reserve is located in Victoria’s Wimmera region and is managed through a partnership with Greening Australia and Trust for Nature.