We made our annual pilgrimage to the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve with customers and staff in early September to plant trees with the local community in Minimay.
Whilst the day was the second wettest day for the year in the area, the rain didn't dampen the spirits of our customers and staff who were joined by more than 50 students from St Malachy's School in Edenhope to plant 1500 trees on the property.
It was wonderful to have long term customers travelling from far and wide to the Reserve to share the day with staff. Long-term customer Bruce Walker found the day really uplifting.
"Each time we planted a tree we felt like we were doing something really good for the environment and for our children and grandchildren when they come along."
Our annual trip to the Reserve celebrates members of our team who have gone above and beyond in their jobs. They get to see the Reserve first hand and also attended the Wimmera Biodiversity Summit to learn more about the area.
John Lowther from the Bendigo branch enjoyed the trip stating:
"We all need to be proud and ambassadors for our Conservation Reserve. The restoration of the land and its habitat is truly amazing to see."
The day also provided an opportunity to announce the new name of the property at Minimay.
Recently we held a competition for customers to name one of the three properties that make up the Reserve, with an overwhelming suggestion to link it in with the local indigenous communities.
The winning suggestion came from Phil Williamson who suggested we use the local word for "place of many trees". In consultation with a linguist at the Barengi Gadjin Land Council, the new name of the property in Minimay is Galup Galup Galk.
The Conservation Reserve was established in 2008 and is managed through a partnership with Landcare Australia, Trust For Nature and Kowree Farm Tree Group.
Read more about the Conservation Reserve.