Mining giant Glencore pledges $200,000 each year for next 36 months to Barrington Tops facility Aussie Ark

Pic: AUSSIE ARK
Pic: AUSSIE ARK

AUSSIE Ark's conservation outcomes will be boosted in the immediate future, thanks to the renewal of its partnership with Glencore.

The mining giant recently pledged to grant the organisation $200,000 each year for the next 36 months.

Aussie Ark's been working for almost a decade to establish robust insurance populations of imperilled native Australian wildlife and to create healthy ecosystems within its sanctuaries and through rewilding in the Barrington Tops.

And, Glencore's ongoing support has had a significant impact on its deliverables, especially during the recent bushfire crisis.

Glencore has been operating in Australia for more than 20 years and employs in excess of 18,700 employees in the coal, copper, cobalt, nickel, oil and zinc industries.

It is not only an employer; it is also a devoted supporter of local organisations.

Indeed, the company recognises its responsibility to contribute positively to society.

"We are immensely grateful for Glencore's continuous generosity and their enthusiasm to provide threatened species a long-term and secure future," Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner said.

"We value Glencore's commitment and the renewal of their partnership.

"Partnerships like this one are very important to us, as conservation needs advocates in all sectors.

"Having been working with Glencore for the past three years, we've developed a great rapport and are looking forward to working together on current and future species and habitat recovery projects."

Those sentiments were echoed by Glencore's community relations manager Craig Strudwick.

"We recognise that our mining assets have direct and indirect impacts on the land we own and manage," he said.

"So, we put a strong focus on returning mined land to self-sustaining native ecosystems, agricultural use or other suitable purposes that meet government requirements and community expectations.

"We also seek local organisations to partner with and, together, make a lasting positive contribution to the environment.

"In Aussie Ark, we have found a passionate partner whose world-class work to protect endangered wildlife is important for all of Australia.

"We are delighted to extend our support for another three years."

Aussie Ark will utilise the funds to further its mission to protect endangered Australian natives such as the Tasmanian devil and the brush-tailed rock wallaby, and deliver new projects, such as the construction of Koala Ark - an initiative aiming to protect koala habitat and disease manage the koala population of NSW, then creating Australia's largest wild and disease-free population of koalas.