The Western Program Alliance (WPA) is a project team with a particularly specialised skillset – it is very good at removing level crossings!
The WPA comprises of McConnell Dowell, Arup and Mott Macdonald, Metro Trains Melbourne, VLine and the Level Crossing Removal Project. In amongst all their work is a strong vein of environmental action, from sourcing sustainable materials, to exploring more Earth-friendly alternatives, to setting up recycling and other ethical waste management systems.
WPA acknowledges that when it comes to environmental initiatives, its people are its strength. It has recently partnered with us to plant 15 trees for each hard-working staff member identified as a Sustainability Warrior.
We love the idea of planting trees as staff rewards. We’re proud to have planted 135 trees for WPA and would like to join in applauding the efforts of the staff acknowledged below.
WPA would like to recognise the hard work of the sustainability warrior Amir Mehdizadeh.
Some examples of Amir’s fine work include:
WPA would like to recognise the hard work of the sustainability warrior Ross Hardwick.
Some examples of Ross’s fine work include:
WPA would like to recognise the hard work of the sustainability warrior Christian Borchert.
Some examples of Christian’s fine work include:
The trees were planted by volunteers from the Koala Clancy Foundation at Lara, VIC. Some of the tree species planted for WPA Sustainability Warriors, included River-red gum, Yellow gum, Manna gum, Sweet Bursaria, Wirilda and Lightwood. All trees were sourced from local indigenous nursery at Western Plains Flora.
The Koala Clancy Foundation is working with landowners and councils to provide habitat corridors for their local wild koala populations. During the course of this planting season (April – September) they hope to plant thousands of native trees.
Thank you so much for your support this tree planting season. Thanks to supporters like you we can continue with our community tree planting projects to provide habitat trees for our local wild koala populations.
Janine Duffy | President | Koala Clancy Foundation
At the Koala Clancy Foundation, koalas are their top priority but to properly care for one specie, they have to care for the entire ecosystem. When they plant trees for koalas, they are also providing habitat for local bird species such as these 4 threatened woodland species; Speckled Warbler (top L), Diamond Firetail (top R), Brown Treecreeper bottom L) and Jacky Winter (bottom R).
If you would like to know more about sponsoring community tree planting projects and how we can assist you in becoming a more sustainable business, please contact Colleen at <[email protected]>.
Writer: Colleen B. Filippa
With a background in Environmental Science, Colleen is the Founding Director of Fifteen Trees. In 2009, after 20 years in primary, secondary and tertiary education institutions, Colleen left the classroom to start the company. Fifteen Trees is a social enterprise assisting individuals and companies to reduce their carbon footprint by supporting community groups such as Landcare, schools and environmental networks.
Fifteen Trees helps individuals and businesses reduce their carbon footprint through sponsoring Australian community tree planting projects.
Fifteen Trees acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands where we work, live and learn.