11/10/2013

EnviroMentors revegetate James Park

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Keep Australia Beautiful NSW’s EnviroMentors, Hornsby Shire Council and Wrigley Pacific have joined forces to revegetate James Park in the Hornsby catchment area.

EnviroMentors, an initiative of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW is the State’s leading environmental education program for primary schools, businesses and communities. The program is offered as a service to assist Councils, ROC’s and other hosts organisations in educating their communities on a wide range of environmental issues.

On Friday, 11 October, EnviroMentors and Hornsby Shire Council staff assisted Wrigley Pacific employees in the planting and revegetation of the eastern end of James Park. The vegetation of grasses such as Lomandra and other small shrubs will provide a barrier to stop recreational items entering the gully and will also act as a natural litter barrier. All plants were sourced locally form Hornsby Shire Council’s community nursery.

David Imrie, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW said The Wrigley Company and Hornsby Shire Council should be commended on their desire to increase environmental awareness in their local area.

“Hornsby Shire Council and The Wrigley Company have both shown outstanding commitment to educating their local community and staff about sustainability and how to care for their environment,” David Imrie said.

“Their ongoing participation in EnviroMentors not only represents a responsible approach to environmental management, but a dedication to their role as environmental caretakers.”

Participants will also be taken on a Hornsby Catchment Tour and the Edgeworth David Garden which will examine the pollution control and management initiatives currently in place within the Hornsby area.

Sophie Hughes, Senior Corporate Affairs Manager at Wrigley Pacific, proud partner of the EnviroMentors program commented on the value that the day brought to their staff.

“At Wrigley Pacific we have a proud heritage of conducting our business in a sustainable and socially responsible manner, guided and governed in this pursuit by our Mars Five Principles of Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom,” Ms. Hughes said.

“One of the ways we encourage our Associates to put our Principles into Action is through our annual Mars Volunteer Program. Each year in October, volunteer Associates from across our three sites in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland roll up their sleeves and head out into the community to volunteer in local environmentally focused projects.”

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