Revegetation projects were initiated this year in partnership with the local councils at Somerville, Victoria and Bolivar, South Australia, to help improve the health of the local waterways.
The on‑site Advanced Water Treatment Plants (AWTPS) at Murarrie and Somerville continue to fulfil up to 70 per cent of the sites’ potable water needs.
We have welcomed more bird wildlife to the wetland areas at our Murarrie primary processing plant, following remediation works on the site’s five ponds. These works have improved the efficiency of the AWTP and water flow into the ponds, which provide a valuable sanctuary for the local wildlife, especially during times of water stress in the area.
In a world‑first, we are also partnering with the University of Queensland’s Advanced Water Management Centre to remove organic contaminants from our Murarrie AWTP to produce protein‑rich biomass to replace fishmeal to benefit the aquaculture industry. We are continually looking at ways to optimise our recycling and treatment facilities on our site and reduce the transfer of treated wastewater, which ultimately discharges into the Brisbane River.
In New Zealand, we discharge treated wastewater from our Te Aroha operation into a local stream, which converges into the Piako River, before ultimately discharging into the Firth of Thames. The Firth of Thames is one of the six protected sites of important biodiversity in New Zealand under the Ramsar Convention. Earlier this year, there was an extremely rare sighting of a pod of 60 bottlenose dolphins swimming up the Piako River from the Firth of Thames. The Department of Conservation stated that this is an indication of the healthy ecosystem in the waterway with an abundance of fish species, which the dolphins appear to have been chasing upstream.
Our work continues company‑wide to steward our water management sustainably.