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The Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust

The Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust in Western Australia was established as a condition of approval for the Tropicana Joint Venture gold mine under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

While focusing on benefits to threatened species and communities within the desert region, the Trust will also support development of a bioregional management plan, facilitate priority research at the landscape level, fund on-ground conservation management and enhance Traditional Owner involvement in land management activities.

Tropicana will contribute approximately $4.4 million to the Trust over the life of the mine.

A unique aspect of the Trust is its establishment under a Trust Deed with the Public Trustee of Western Australia


Rio Tinto - Naturescape Kings Park

In response to community concerns that urban children were disconnected from nature, Rio Tinto worked with a variety of partners to develop Naturescape Kings Park.

Naturescape is a dedicated space for children to learn about, discover and connect with nature that hosts approximately 80,000 visitors annually. By 2020 Rio Tinto will have contributed almost $9 million to the project since 2008.



Bush Blitz


Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery project – a unique multi-million dollar partnership between the Australian Government through Parks Australia and the Australian Biological Resources Study, BHP and Earthwatch Australia to document plants and animals across Australia.

Since the program began in 2010 Bush Blitz has discovered more than 1,350 new species and has added thousands of species records to what is already known, increasing our scientific knowledge to help us protect our biodiversity for generations to come.

Bush Blitz involves specialist taxonomists, Indigenous communities, rangers and landowners, teachers, students and BHP employees.

Together they are making an extraordinary contribution to the protection of our country’s natural heritage.


Mandalay Resources - Costerfield Operation

Mandalay Resources’ Costerfield Operation is partnering with local conservation volunteers to rehabilitate degraded farmland opposite the mine’s evaporation ponds.

Mandalay Resources purchased the 3.7 hectare site in 2015, and is working with local community representatives and environmental volunteers to design and develop community wetlands.

BHP Five Rivers Conservation

The Five Rivers Conservation program is a partnership between BHP, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and Conservation International to support conservation and ongoing management of land in Tasmania.

This expansive 11,000 hectare landscape features open grassland valleys, old-growth forests and woodlands, native grasslands, endangered sphagnum moss beds, and five river systems: the Nive, Serpentine, Pine, Little Pine and Little Rivers.

It is habitat for endangered wildlife species endemic to Tasmania, including the Tasmanian devil, Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the Clarence galaxias fish.

Bulga Coal: an open dialogue with the Singleton community 

Glencore’s Bulga Coal includes Bulga Open Cut, Bulga Underground Operations and the Coal Handling and Preparation Plant and is located 15 kilometres southwest of Singleton, New South Wales.

Bulga Coal produces approximately 16 million tonnes of semi soft coking coal and thermal coal a year, which is railed to the Port of Newcastle for export to China and Japan. The coal is used predominantly for steel making and power generation.

Bulga Coal employs approximately 900 employees and contractors at its open cut and underground operations.  Owning around 6,000 hectares of land, Bulga Coal is one of the largest landholders in the area with a focus on implementing the highest environmental standards and best practice to ensure its licence to operate and developing long-term, sustainable relationships with our local community.

Bulga Coal is committed to the goal of sustainable development and balances social, environmental and economic considerations in how we manage its business.

Bulga Coal values the trust and relationships its team has built with the Singleton community over the mine’s 36 years of operations.  The team works to maintain this trust and relationships by being honest and responsive, ensuring open dialogue and supporting events and activities important to the community