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Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre

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									                                                              25/6/06

                          INTERIM REPORT

                         BANROCK STATION

                 -   WINE & WETLAND CENTRE –

*Another very enjoyable visit to Banrock Station – with again, LOTS TO
APPRECIATE.

*2005 marked the 10th ANNIVERSARY of BANROCK STATION WINES,
following purchase of the 1,750 hectare Banrock Station property in 1994.

*Most of the property is wetlands and woodlands, with “250 hectares of
winegrapes nestled between these ecosystems.”

*Banrock Station contributes to the conservation of land across the country,
with a contribution from every bottle of Banrock Station wine sold in
Australia being donated to Landcare.

*Additionally, Banrock Station ALSO CONTRIBUTES TO HABITAT
PROJECTS ON AN INTERNATIONAL SCALE – such as Kenya, Canada,
the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, New Zealand, Denmark,
the Netherlands and Finland – and in total, more than $3 million dollars has
been given to support Global Projects in 11 countries – including six in S.A.

*Efforts of the Hardy Wine Co/Banrock Station have resulted in MANY AND
VARIOUS ACCOLADES, including the most prestigious Wetland
Conservation Award in the world – the Ramsar Wetland Award – in 2002.

*Banrock Station’s BOARDWALK TRAIL was officially opened on March
24th 2001, and it won the Yellow Pages 2001 S.A. TOURISM AWARD for
new tourism developments – with more than 10,000 walkers having enjoyed
the boardwalk trail and the shorter Mallee Meets the Valley trail, between
March 2001 and January 2002 – and PUBLIC AWARENESS,
RECOGNITION AND RESPONSE CONTINUES TO GROW.

*AND TO PROVIDE EXTRAS EXPERIENCES FOR VISITORS, THE
WALKING TRAILS HAD BEEN “RELOCATED” LAST YEAR, so that all
walkers now have the opportunity to experience the boardwalk, whereas
previously only those taking the longer, 8km trail had access.

*All walkers now receive MALLEE, FLOODPLAIN & WETLAND
INTERPRETIVE INFORMATION.

*Banrock Station announced the APPOINTMENT OF AN
ECOLOGICALLY QUALIFIED RANGER, early in July 2004 – and we
noted the article in the Advertiser of May 31st 2006, announcing the
appointment of a replacement RANGER/ECOLOGIST, Ruth Coates – with
her duties being “educating the public about environmental sustainability, the
promotion of sustainable practices, a threatened Species Recovery Program,
implementing a wetland management plan, landscape recovery and wetland
management.”

*Banrock Station’s THREATENED SPECIES RECOVERY PROGRAM was launched on July 8th
last year, with Bilbies sourced from Yookamurra, Roxby Downs & Monarto released into a feral-free
and fenced 50 hectare enclosure.

*Subsequently, BETTONGS have been released, too.

*Around 10 KM’S OF FENCING has now been constructed to enclose 1,600 hectares of
what will eventually be 3 feral-free compounds – (and the GATES WILL BE COMPLETED
SHORTLY, with electronic controls.)

*SCHOOL GROUPS continue to regularly visit – around 2 per week on average – with
Pembroke having embedded Banrock Station into its environmental curriculum – and the
School of the Air visited this year, for the first time.

*Thank you for the copy of Trinity College’s (Gawler) Field booklet for YEAR 11
GEOGRAPHY STUDENTS – Ecosystems & Wetlands.

*Banrock Station continues to be a strong focus site for TERTIARY STUDENT
ACTIVITIES – including for example, studies looking at viability of seeds from stressed
trees – groundwater – tourism – etc. – and University of Adelaide Architecture students have
been visiting since 2002.

*INTERNATIONAL STUDENT VOLUNTEERS continue to provide works input, too –
such as through revegetation, monitoring, noxious plant mapping, herbarium, feral animals,
etc.

Banrock Station has now employed an ASSISTANT RANGER, who will amongst other
duties, provide supervision for volunteers.

*GUIDED NIGHT WALKS have been developed – (with corporate packages to be launched
in Spring, and then, public walks will be available during 2007.)

*(Early discussions have been instigated with a local school, looking at a means of facilitating the
MANAGEMENT OF AND SUPPORT FOR VISITING SCHOOL GROUPS.)

*KINGSTON-ON-MURRAY Primary students have worked through the Hands On Habitat Project to
develop Power Point Presentations – (and are now preparing brochures for use by visiting schools.)

*WELL DONE – A GREAT, ON-GOING AND EVER EXPANDING PROGRAM – WITH
TANGIBLE & IDENTIFIABLE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION, EDUCATION &
SUSTAINABILITY OUTCOMES.
*THE FOLLOWING EXTRACTS FROM OUR 2000 REPORT, ARE REPEATED AS
BACKGROUND INFORMATION…….
“The B.R.L. Hardy Company purchased the 1930 hectare/4250 acre Banrock Station property in 1994,
at which time Wetland Care Australia was involved in restoration of the wetland component of the
property – and after consultation with Wetland Care, the new owners took on a commitment to
continue with restoration and rejuvenation of the wetlands.

The Banrock Station label first appeared in 1996, and the Wine and Wetland Centre
was opened on February 6th by Ian Kiernan, founder and Chairman of Clean Up
Australia - with the stone pedestal base of Silvio Apponyi's bronze Pelican and
Chicks, bearing a plaque commemorating the opening.
Low elevation winter sun warms the building, with dark flooring slate helping to hold
heat - and rammed earth walls and orientation of the building are other obvious design
aspects - (with the north facing section of the expansive front deck to have a sail cloth
canopy added for summer sun screening - whilst still allowing winter sun to warm
through large glass windows.)
Corks are recycled from the Tastings and Sales section, where the counter is made
from salvaged brandy vat timbers - and bottles and plastics are also recycled.
Around 30 functions are catered for each month, with the tastings area able to hold up
to 150 people for cocktail style functions- with a separate Conference room also
available.
More than 6,000 people visited the Wine and Wetland Centre in January 2000, with
the Centre’s design principles and the generation and usage of power being
highlighted for public interest - and educational information panels are also on display
in the tastings area, mounted on laminated vertical timber posts.

Apart from grapes grown on the property, BRL Hardy also purchases fruit from 1,300
contracted growers in the Riverland, with crushing plants at Renmano and Banrock
Station - and approximately 1,000,000 cases of wine were exported last year, with a
similar quantity sold through the domestic Australian and N.Z. market.

The self guided 2.5km walk takes around one hour, with walkers provided with a
laminated guide for interpretation of 25 marked localities - (and a boardwalk
extension and viewing deck are to be added to this trail, shortly - opened on 24.3.01.)

Apart from general visitors, the Banrock Station has been a focal point for Melbourne
University Geography students for 3 years - Wilderness Year 12 Geography are now
visiting - University and Year 12 students use Banrock Station for projects and
subject work - and Flinders University Eco-tourism, Architecture students, TAFE
Hospitality and Green Corps also benefit from the Banrock Station experience.

Banrock Creek is now flowing for the first time in 40 years and the Federal Minister
for The Environment and Federal and State MP.s visited in conjunction with the
International focus being on Adelaide, for World Environment Day - after students
from 5 schools had planted 1000 trees earlier in the day.

Banrock Station was a major sponsor, and it received the Prime Minister’s Australian
Business Award for Environmental achievement, jointly with Alex Fraser Group
Recycling - and on a Wine front, Banrock Station received the 1999 White Wine of
the Year Award, and Group Winemaker Stephen Pannell was International Red
Winemaker of the Year.
Apart from funding support for Wetlands restoration work in Australia, the Company
now also contributes to habitat projects in Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, the U.K. and Canada –
with the Company named by the World Wildlife Fund as an example to the rest of the world.”

ASSESSMENT TIMETABLE
This is the 14th week of this year’s 23 week Statewide inspection schedule, which began on March
27th, and will run through until the end of September.

As part of our rotational inspection schedule which allows us to see all participating communities
under a progressively changing set of climatic conditions, we WILL REVISIT YOUR AREA A
LITTLE EARLIER, LIKELY TO BE AROUND APRIL/MAY.

This year’s results have been tentatively scheduled for December 1st.

REPORTS ON-LINE
These reports are available on-line - www.kesab.asn.au/tidytowns - then click on reports

								
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