Our conservation reserve
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You are part owner of the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve, a 927 hectare property in biodiverse Australian bushland.
The reserve is one way the bank is acting on the environmental and social issues that our customers are passionate about.
On 6 October, you can visit the reserve as part of Trust for Nature's Spring into Nature program.
The Spring into Nature program is a series of events for anyone interested in exploring the secrets of nature on private land. It's a way to see Victoria's unique native flora and fauna, and learn from experts about these species and the environments in which they live.
Now we've started a rigorous planning process designed by our new partners and underpinned by the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation – an internationally recognised framework for natural resource management planning.
The aim of this planning process is to develop a vision statement and strategy for the reserve.
Our new partners will build on the valuable work Landcare Australia has performed for close to a decade at the property; a period which saw 70,000 indigenous seedlings planted, 680 volunteers engaged and 2000 hours of on-ground activities undertaken.
Since 2008 the bank and Landcare Australia have undertaken protection and restoration works at the reserve, reviving habitat for the endangered animals and resident birds, reptiles and frogs who make their homes among the property's plants, tree hollows and log piles.
In the past eight years the reserve has also hosted around 100 visitors a year from the local Wimmera Community and beyond through field trips, planting days and bus tours.
We believe though that this is just the beginning of realising the reserve's potential.
Global developments in science and conservation practice have created an opportunity for the bank to develop a more resilient, innovative approach to land management and offsetting at the reserve.
Increasing interest in the human dimension of the conservation movement by local communities, conservation groups and schools has inspired the bank and our partners to explore new ways for the reserve to enrich the lives of those who engage with it.
Growth in Bank Australia's business and the expectations of our customers has created an imperative to ensure that we continue to deliver value in the areas of people, planet and prosperity.
Our expert partners and local stakeholders are working closely with us to meaningfully respond to these and other themes in our vision and strategic plan which we look forward to sharing with you in November.
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