Commonwealth Bank helps protect the unique habitat of Australia

13 February 2002

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia today announced a national environmental program to help preserve Australia's unique habitat.

In partnership with Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), the program will provide opportunities for the Bank's employees and the wider community to participate in habitat conservation projects around Australia. The program is expected to coordinate more than 14,000 volunteer days over a three-year period.

"The Bank is proud of its heritage and its role in the Australian community," the Managing Director of the Commonwealth Bank, Mr David Murray said.

"This partnership will provide further opportunities for the Bank to continue working with local communities across Australia in preserving our unique environment," Mr Murray added.

The practical conservation projects will include tree planting, seed collection, bush regeneration, wildlife surveys and fencing of sensitive habitats.

The Bank will support 100 week and 100 weekend-long conservation projects each year for the duration of the program. CVA will coordinate the projects in regional, remote and metropolitan areas throughout Australia.

In particular, the projects will provide opportunities for young Australians to get involved. They will be designed to support class excursions, student work experience and to provide practical links to curriculum.

CVA is a not-for-profit, non-political, independent and community based organisation that manages community involvement in almost 1,500 conservation projects across Australia each year.

Further details on how to get involved in the habitat conservation projects will be available at the official launch of the program in April 2002.