Local Good – A decade of Community Investment

26 October 2017

Pacific Hydro today launched Local Good, its latest publication celebrating over a decade of support for its host communities across regional Australia.

The launch coincided with the 5 year milestone celebration of the Basalt to Bay Landcare Group’s St Helens Flora Reserve project near Yambuk in Victoria, which has been supported by Pacific Hydro and highlighted in the book.

Pacific Hydro’s CEO, Mike Fuge, said that the company is thrilled to see the enduring benefits and positive outcomes realised through the Sustainable Communities Fund.

“This conservation work initiated by The Basalt to Bay Landcare Group is a great example of what can be achieved when local business, community groups, landholders and government collaborate. It also demonstrates Pacific Hydro’s genuine and long-term commitment to engaging and supporting our local communities, and is a testament to the passion of the local people,” he said.

“Seeing Pacific Hydro’s support helping to unlock so much more funding from other sources and bringing so many stakeholders together in the service of the environment is a really exciting success story. What is great about this project is that it goes beyond politics; and demonstrates the wider potential benefits of Australia’s transition to a clean energy future”, he added.

In addition to shared management of St Helens Flora Reserve, Basalt to Bay Landcare has coordinated community action to help threatened species and manage weeds and pests, helping to reduce impacts on biodiversity and helping the local environment.

Pacific Hydro supported the group to purchase remote sensing digital cameras, which have been used to show the presence of the Southern Brown Bandicoot in the area, in turn unlocking further funding from government for conservation work.

Neighbouring farmers are also accommodating shelter belts on their properties, which provide shelter for livestock; and habitat corridors for the bandicoots, swamp rats, echidnas, and native birds, enabling these species to move through the landscape more easily compared to open farmland.

These positive outcomes also attracted international attention, with wool buyers as far away as Italy now building their sustainability credentials on the back of this case study.

A key pillar of Pacific Hydro’s industry-leading Community Investment Program, the Sustainable Communities Fund has provided more than $2 million to more than 600 projects since 2004, providing solutions to community needs all driven by passionate local people.

An electronic copy of Local Good is available on Pacific Hydro’s website; or hard copies can be obtained by emailing your request to Pacific Hydro at enquiries@pacifichydro.com.au or calling 1800 730 734.

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Media contact: Krista Kim, Engagement and External Affairs Manager, 1800 730 734