Night-time tours a thanks for support from mine
7 June 2023
A unique and very special partnership between the Australian Wildlife Sanctuary at Bargo and the SIMEC Mining Tahmoor Coking Coal operation was celebrated this month with two night-time visits.
More than 100 SIMEC workers and their families visited their “next door neighbour” wildlife sanctuary over two nights for the popular Wild Night Out experience.
The night visits were a “thanks” to the SIMEC Mining Tahmoor family for its valuable support and to reinforce the positive relationship between the neighbours.
The outside and inside nocturnal experience allowed Tahmoor employees and their families to see native animals in their habitat, feed some and, most importantly, learn more about conservation and the sanctuary’s wildlife breeding program.
It was also a chance to see the real results of more than $70,000 in sponsorship that has allowed the sanctuary to buy a purpose-made wild rover van and rejuvenate an important woodland pond that rescued black swans and endangered species are now breeding within.
SIMEC Mining Tahmoor Community Liaison Specialist, Amanda Bateman declared the visits an outstanding success that will further strengthen the ties and enable the very special co-habitation of the coal operation and a vital wildlife operation.
“It was such a well-run tour, the educational side of the visit was incredible and we learned so much about our own backyard that many of us never knew,” Amanda said.
“Just as importantly, it reinforced why we sponsor this fantastic facility and why the work they do is so important.”
Australian Wildlife Sanctuary Managing Director, Brad Wilson said sanctuary staff were glad to share the experience that thousands enjoy every year at the Bargo facility.
“It gave people at the mine an insight into where their sponsorship goes and what sort of programs and initiatives they support,” Brad said.
“We love seeing people happy while providing a strong educational message and showing what our programs and endeavours achieve for our environment and the animals that depend on it.”
The Australian Wildlife Foundation was established by Brad Wilson and Cindy Jenart to manage wildlife and conservation sanctuaries with a high standard of care. Click on the link Wildlife | Australian Wildlife Sanctuary | Bargo to learn more.