Alcoa is committed to the highest standards of environmental performance. Protecting and preserving the environment are core elements of our commitment to sustainability and our values.
We work closely with the regional catchment councils and other non government organisations in the areas of sustainable agriculture and community engagement. All activities and relationships have a very strong emphasis on partnerships with landholders, community groups, industry and government to affect change ‘on-ground’.
Greening Australia Western Australia
Alcoa has a celebrated partnership with Greening Australia dating back to 1983. We are both committed to protecting and restoring the health, diversity and productivity of our landscapes. Since the inception of our partnership millions of trees have been planted, direct seeding and native seed banks have been pioneered, and thousands of volunteers from across the country have contributed their time.
The role of Alcoa Farmlands is to provide a focal point for landscape scale projects within the Peel region. The Alcoa Landcare Education Centre located at Yarloop has undertaken numerous research projects and manages demonstration sites to help harness education opportunities that engage the broader community.
Activities from the centre include:
- Direct action to protect, regenerate or enhance remnant vegetation and waterways.
- Hosting community land care events and environmental research and development projects, such as a 40ha site at Pinjarra which demonstrates ‘Whole of Paddock Restoration’ techniques.
Harvey River Restoration Trust
The Harvey River Restoration Trust is a community-owned organisation acting as a catalyst within and beyond the Harvey Basin for restoration and protection of in-stream and riparian values.
Key focus areas include:
- Restoration of stream bank and in-stream values
- Protection and enhancement of natural assets
- Improved water quality and environmental flows
- Sustainability of program impact
Farmlands is supportive of the Trust’s vision and is represented on the Harvey River Community Panel. There is a lot of interest and goodwill among the Harvey Basin community and this is increasing annually as successful projects are completed and further demonstration sites are established.
South West Catchment Council
The South West Catchment Council’s (SWCC) primary role is to work with the community in caring for the south west environment. Alcoa works closely with SWCC in the areas of sustainable agriculture and community engagement.
Major initiatives that Alcoa Farmlands has either contributed towards or directly participated in include:
- Reduction of nutrient export
- Management of nutrient additives to soil
- More effective water use and management
- Strengthening of communication networks
- Landscape scale conservation
- Sharing of knowledge
Peel-Harvey Catchment Council
The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) is a community-based natural resource management organisation that promotes an integrated approach to the protection and restoration of the environment within the Peel-Harvey catchment.
The PHCC has strong emphasis on partnerships, which aligns with the values of Alcoa Farmlands. They work with landholders, community groups, industry and government to affect change ‘on-ground’.
Alcoa Farmlands has actively participated in numerous PHCC water quality projects and integrated projects within the Peel region and will continue to work closely with them in their pursuits of environmental excellence.