Volunteers their hands dirty during Global Volunteering Week.

Natural Resource Management Education Officer, Chris Hall with Treasury Wine Estates volunteers Geoff, Steve, Jarrod and Frank, taking a break from clearing rice millet and hand direct-seeding along Rifle Range Road Landcare site, Tanunda.
Natural Resource Management Education Officer, Chris Hall with Treasury Wine Estates volunteers Geoff, Steve, Jarrod and Frank, taking a break from clearing rice millet and hand direct-seeding along Rifle Range Road Landcare site, Tanunda.

The Barossa Council and Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges joined forces with Treasury Wine Estates' (TWE) corporate volunteers, Landcare and Kiwanis at sites on Rifle Range Road and the Gomersal Road rest area, Tanunda, as part of TWE's fifth annual Global Volunteering Week.

On Tuesday May 14, 17 TWE volunteers participated in direct-seeding on Rifle Range Road, clearing about 30 metres of rice millet and hand-direct-seeding a variety of local Barossa species including wattles and Sennas.

The group also planting about 55 Senna and Christmas Bush (Bursaria spinosa) seedlings which are now thriving in the clay soil.

Roadside litter was cleared while pruning and removal of dead shrubs has improved the general road-side view.

In the afternoon the group moved to the Gomersal Road rest area to trim the swathes of Ruby Saltbush. Existing plants were watered and mulched, while rubbish was also cleared from the area.

Rifle Range Road and the Gomersal Road rest area are just two of many sites in the Barossa which volunteers manage for Council, and which collectively contribute to a coolergreenerbarossa, providing valuable greenspace which moderates the impacts of a warming climate.

A further environmental initiative later in the week saw TWE volunteers participating in Business Clean Up Day on Friday May 17.

Global Volunteering Week forms a central pillar of TWE's Corporate Responsibility program, aiming to ensure the Company is a positive force within the communities in which it operates.

These activities were a result of TWE's Sustainability Officer, Mandy Gerhardy, reaching out to The Barossa Council's Team Leader, Environmental Services, Kim Thompson, and together a collaboration was born which has made a significant impact on the ground.

Strategically, it has strengthened partnerships between the volunteering and corporate sectors, demonstrating the difference a group of committed and enthusiastic people can make by working collaboratively.

If your organisation would like to get involved, contact Team Leader, Environmental Services, Kim Thompson on 0438 639 353