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Banrock Station Wine & Wetland Centre
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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