Conservation reserve

As a Bank Australia customer, you can proudly say you help care for a 2,117 hectare conservation reserve in Western Victoria.

We're the first Australian bank to have a conservation reserve – it’s one way we’re using the business of banking to create a healthier planet. Our reserve is home to 251 native plant and 283 native animal species.

The reserve is a group of four properties in Western Victoria, outside Horsham. They’re under a conservation covenant with Trust for Nature, which means they’re protected from development forever.

The impact of colonisation and agriculture in Victoria’s western Wimmera region means the native ecology is particularly vulnerable to emerging threats, like climate change.

We’re working with our partners Greening Australia and Trust for Nature, plus Traditional Owners from the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk peoples, represented by Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC), our reserve neighbours and local CFAs to ensure the reserve is a thriving and collaborative example of science-based conservation in action.


    Located on the northern side of the Little Desert National Park, Salvana is home to magnificent grass trees, stringybarks and buloke sprawling out across sandy rises. Hooded robins, little eagles, the fiery jewel butterfly can be seen moving through and above the trees. Stumpy tailed lizards and bearded dragons are also found among the ground vegetation.

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    Is home to magnificent yellow gums and bulokes, and has been the focus of significant habitat restoration efforts since its purchase. Diamond firetails and Fiery jewel butterflies make Minimay their home along with endangered slender cupflowers and western bitter cress. Large stands of buloke exist with colourful vanilla lilies, a known sovereign (bush) food tuber.

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    Our 10-year strategy

    In 2017, after six months of working with our partners Trust for Nature and Greening Australia, we released Reimagining the Future, our 10-year strategy for the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve.

    We also identified priority threatened plant and animal species to protect, to provide a clear focus for land management.

    We report on our work in our annual Impact Report so you can see how we’re tracking. Read the strategy

    Our five action areas:

    Climate change resilience

    Engaging the community

    Demonstrating corporate environmental leadership

    Delivering value to Bank Australia and our customers.


    Significant restoration efforts have occurred at Booroopki over the last 15 years with a result of an emerging biodiverse ecosystem supporting and buffering remnant heathy herb-rich woodland and shallow sands woodland on the property and adjacent Morea bushland reserve. This property along with the others contains culturally significant plants and animals.

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    Is adjacent to the Morea State Forest and provides a vegetative buffer to Lake Morea and nearby private wetlands and Lake Carpolac. Heathy herb rich woodland and shallow sands woodland dominate the property providing habitat for bird life and mammals. Large sections have been planted with yellow gums and will be a focus for future biodiverse understorey plantings. Red-tailed black cockatoos regularly visit this property feeding on the stringybark and buloke.

    Sounds of the reserve
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    Why a conservation reserve?
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    We purchased the first property in 2008, to act on our customers’ concerns about climate change and protection of nature.

    The Bank Australia Conservation Reserve has grown hugely since 2008, in size and scope. We’re making tangible steps towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through our relationships and actions on the reserve.

    What it supports
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    The reserve also supports our planet through:

    Conservation reserve timeline
    August 2008

    We purchased the first Conservation Reserve property at Minimay at 201 hectares.

    May 2010

    We purchased the Ozenkadnook property, bringing us to 437 hectares.

    April 2011

    We purchased the Minimay North property, making the reserve 657 hectares.

    December 2011

    The Minimay West property joined the conservation reserve family, bringing the total to 760 hectares.

    August 2012

    We added the Booroopki property, bringing us to our current total of 927 hectares.

    Late 2012

    We had protected 590 hectares of remnant native vegetation, which has the highest conservation value.


    We grew our focus from carbon sequestration towards restoring biodiversity. This changes the way we do conservation and how we measure success.

    December 2016

    We had revegetated 350 hectares of native food sources and habitat for engendered species, including the South Eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.


    We counted! And recorded a total of 226 native plant species.

    July 2017

    We partnered with Greening Australia to manage the reserve.


    We released our 10-year strategy, Reimagining the Future.


    We won the Banksia (Large Business) Award, in partnership with Greening Australia and Trust for Nature, for the reserve’s 10-year strategy.

    Autumn 2019

    We commissioned the Barenji Gadjin Land Council to conduct a cultural heritage survey, to identify culturally significant sites across the reserve.

    July 2019

    We commissioned the University of Melbourne to conduct a fire risk assessment for protecting the reserve and our neighbours.

    July 2019

    Bank Australia fund a First Nations trainee program in partnership with Barengi Gadjin Land Council and Greening Australia

    October 2019

    The process commenced for the reintroduction of cultural fire into the landscape Partners present included Traditional Owners from Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Bank Australia, Greening Australia, Trust for Nature, Country Fire Authority, Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action and Parks Victoria

    December 2019

    We received results from the eDNA testing of the reserve wetlands and dams to help us restore these to their natural, healthy state.

    January 2020

    We had our first bushfire from a lightning strike. With the support of our local neighbours, the CFA responded to the fire before it caused significant damage.

    July 2020

    A milestone event: Wotjobaluk Traditional Owners from the Barengi Gadjin Land Council undertook a Cultural Burn at Minimay, supported by the Country Fire Authority and Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action


    Bank Australia purchase Salvana, a new conservation reserve site. This purchase doubled the size of land under conservation.


    Greening Australia completed a monitoring survey to evaluate the impact of 5 years of protection and regeneration work on the conservation reserve, which are published in the Big Spring Monitoring Report.

    August 2023

    Another Cultural Burn was undertaken at Minimay by Barengi Gadjin Land Council, in partnership with Bank Australia, the Country Fire Authority, Greening Australia and Trust for Nature; protecting culturally significant sites, healing, and caring for Country


    In 2023 we started work on our nature and biodiversity strategy to inform our objectives and actions for this impact area. We plan to release this strategy in early 2024. The strategy provides us with a focus on awareness and engagement, leadership and nature positive products and services.

    February 2024

    We launched our Nature and bio-diversity strategy


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