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local kinder re-opens with alcoa’s support
Young children in Whittington, Geelong Victoria, are getting a good start in life thanks to the re-opening of a local early learning centre. The Centre’s re-opening is being supported by Alcoa Point Henry, the Victorian Government, City of Greater Geelong, and Glastonbury Child & Family Services.
After closing due to low enrolments some years ago, the Early Learning and Family Centre has had a major upgrade and been fitted out with a new kitchen, bathroom and office facilities, as well as a complete repaint. Landscaping completed the works.
Around 20 children are now enrolled at the Apollo Place Centre.
Alcoa Point Henry partnered with the Centre to provide lunches for the children and SunSmart clothing.
Geelong Mayor, Cr John Mitchell, said: “I’m extremely pleased to see money being spent in communities that need it most.”
“As ward councillor I know this area well, and the successful re-opening of this kinder is another example of the hard work going on behind the scenes in partnership with the State Government and Glastonbury.”
“To have Alcoa on board as a community business partner means kids are provided with lunches and SunSmart clothing, which makes it that much easier to attract enrolments to ensure our young children get a good start in life,” he said.
At the beginning of this year, Alcoa and Whittington Community Renewal (the Victorian Government’s $1.6 billion plan to address disadvantage and create opportunity) entered into a broad partnership that’s strongly aligned to Whittington Community Renewal’s objectives and Alcoa’s Partnering Stronger Communities Program.
The partnership will be achieved through capacity building of community members such as leadership training for Whittington young people, employee volunteer involvement such as the Whittington Flamefest and funding for specific activities at the Early Learning Centre and Whittington Primary School.
The Apollo Place Centre was officially re-opened by the Victorian Minister for Community Services Lisa Neville and Geelong Mayor Cr John Mitchell.
our rivers protected thanks to a partnership in peel
A partnership between Alcoa of Australia, Greening Australia, local communities and environmental groups was celebrated recently in the Peel region of Western Australia.
‘River Recovery’ brings together business leaders, scientists, community-based organisations and Government agencies to apply the best knowledge and tools in the restoration, protection and management of Australia’s river systems. ‘River Recovery’ focuses on rivers in WA, Victoria, Tasmania, Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory, and NSW. In 2005, Alcoa become the founding partner of ‘River Recovery’ – building on our long-time partnership which has spanned more than 27 years.
In the Peel region, ‘River Recovery’ aims to protect the rivers and waterways that flow into the internationally significant Peel Harvey Ramsar wetlands near Mandurah.
The Peel Harvey wetlands are renowned for their waterbirds, culture, commercial and recreation values and are listed under the Ramsar convention - the first modern international treaty designed to conserve natural resources. The convention aims to halt the worldwide loss of wetlands and to conserve those that remain.
Greening Australia’s WA CEO Hamish Jolly said that the vital work involved in ‘River Recovery’ could not be achieved while working in isolation.
“We have partnerships across a range of sectors within the community and industry. Our on ground partnerships with Peel Harvey Catchment Council, Harvey River Restoration Taskforce, other Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups and River Recovery foundation alliance partner Alcoa of Australia are providing tangible results and benefits for the environment and communities in the Peel-Harvey catchment.”
Alcoa of Australia Managing Director, Alan Cransberg, praised the efforts of River Recovery in the Peel region.
“It’s really important we understand the economic, social, cultural and environmental values of these wetlands. Alcoa and Greening Australia do great work together in the Peel region, with our people supporting projects from the planning and implementation to the reporting stage.
“River Recovery is a fantastic program and creates wonderful opportunities for Alcoans to get involved in caring for the environment.”
world environment day celebrated in victoria
Our people from Portland Aluminium joined forces with Greening Australia and volunteers from the ‘Friends of the Surry River’ to mark World Environment Day (5 June 2009) recently.
The group came together at a site on the banks of the Surry River, near the Highway Bridge, at Narrawong, planting approximately 500 trees and grasses. The activity aligned with ‘River Recovery’ and has helped to rehabilitate a degraded area impacted by inappropriate use.
Portland Aluminium Operations Manager, John Osborne, said the site had been celebrating World Environment Day with employees and the community for more than 17 years and was proud to be associated with the annual event.
“World Environment Day is an excellent opportunity to come together to improve the environment in which we live and work,” Mr Osborne said.
“The partnership between Greening Australia, ‘Friends of the Surrey’ and Portland Aluminium is an excellent example of organisations banding together to improve the environment, raise awareness in the community and help educate our future generations.”
Point Henry Alcoans celebrated World Environment Day with local students from Moolap Primary School, clients from BUPA aged care, and members of the Greening Australia team – the day aimed at educating the next generation about the importance of the environment.
Activities kicked off with a talk, from Wathaurong Language Officer David Tournier, about which plants were used for bush food. The group then got down and dirty planting Indigenous food plants at the Signal Station near the Point Henry smelter.
Prior to World Environment Day, Moolap students worked on designs for the layout of the garden. Some of the plants used included chocolate lilies (which do taste and smell like chocolate), pigface (used as a natural treatment for conjunctivitis) and native flax (which can be used for making baskets).
Students were given an Indigenous plant each to take home, along with a packet of native seed spice and a recipe to use with them.
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