CommunityMetalcorp tree project helps reduce carbon footprint

Metalcorp tree project helps reduce carbon footprint

Metalcorp Bundaberg tree planting
Metalcorp Bundaberg team members Kelly Kondats, Matt Gutzke, Ricky Rochford and Mark Smith take part in the tree planting at Mon Repos.

Metalcorp Bundaberg is working with the local community to take a step forward in minimising its carbon footprint through a tree planting project.

Metalcorp Bundaberg branch manager Ricky Rochford said his team had a vision to reduce the carbon footprint of their business while working with local groups for a positive social and environmental outcome.

With the Metalcorp Bundaberg environmental plan in place, Ricky contacted Ainsley Gatley from Event Networx to see how to progress his proposed carbon offset initiative.

A project was then formulated between Metalcorp Bundaberg, Event Networx and a number of community groups including Mon Repos Friends of the Park, Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak, Community Lifestyle Support and Nardoo Nursery.

“It was important to us to work with community for a positive outcome for all. We wanted, as a business to support these groups but also give our staff an opportunity to have a hands approach in our own community,” Ricky said.

There are two components of the project – tree planting at Mon Repos and the bush tucker garden and tree giveaway at Community Lifestyle Support.

“It is exciting to see community and business come together on this project,” Ricky said.

The Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak, Sea Turtle Alliance, Friends of the Park and Metalcorp Bundaberg started tree planting on Saturday at Mon Repos.

“It is important to work with Friends of the Park to ensure the right plants and protection and ongoing care of the plants are put into place,” Ricky said.

Bush Tucker Garden part of Metalcorp Bundaberg tree planting project

The second component of the project is in partnership with Community Lifestyle Support as they develop their Bush Tucker Garden.

Metalcorp Bundaberg will sponsor plants for the Bush Tucker Garden, due to open as part of Naidoc Week at the beginning of July.

There will be a free plant giveaway at Nardoo Nursery on Saturday 23 July as part of the Paradise Markets and Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak barbecue.

“It is a great opportunity to get involved in our community and support the Bush Tucker Garden,” Ricky said.

“In addition, Metalcorp will also have a 200-plant giveaway to the general community to encourage them to get active in the garden and actively care for our natural environment.

“It is important to recognise that we can all make a difference in the protection and future of our environment.

“It is also a good opportunity for our staff to actively get involved and build partnerships in the community with organisations outside of our immediate scope.”

Ricky said he looked forward to working with Friends of the Park, Sea Turtle Alliance and Community Lifestyle Support.

“We developed our environmental plan to help guide us into the future as a company and as individuals,” he said.

“This is just one step towards making a difference and giving back to our community and environment.”

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