Corporates work together to lend a hand

Goat Island Rescue, NSW

On Goat Island in Sydney Harbour on a sunny Friday in autumn, 137 corporate volunteers from 15 companies swapped their iPhones for gardening gloves and rakes, and donated over 600 volunteer hours of intensive bush regeneration to help restore the natural environment of the historic site.
Landcare Australia together with the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife and NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service for the event, inviting its corporate and workplace giving partners to sign up a team of employees for a unique opportunity to help restore Goat Island to its former glory. Volunteers reveled in the opportunity to get their hands dirty, learn about local environmental issues and experience exactly what Landcare is all about.
The Island, located west of Sydney Harbour Bridge, was once the principal gunpowder store for NSW, and provided the sandstone used in some of Sydney’s finest buildings.
On the day, volunteers worked at seven sites around the Island on a range of activities including weeding, planting, rubbish collection, and laying turf. 25 cubic metres of noxious weeds were removed from the Island, 100 square metres of Buffalo Turf was laid, and 25 heritage plants and 425 native seedlings were planted.
Once the hard work was done, volunteers enjoyed an afternoon of environmental education activities including up close and personal encounters with animals from Australian Wildlife Display, kayaking on the harbour with Jeff Cottrell of Willow Warriors, while learning about weed removal, and information about the latest Beyond Zero Emissions campaign from guest speaker, Chris Lee.
Thank you to everyone who came along and provided energy, time and smiles to make the day such a positive outcome for the island.
Goat Island Rescue was proudly sponsored by MobileMuster and Be Natural, with in-kind support provided by Turf Australia, Coca Cola, Lion and Taylors’ Wines.