The Bank Australia Conservation Reserve is a 927 hectare private nature reserve owned by the bank in Victoria’s West Wimmera region, protecting 13 threatened species and biodiverse Australian habitats. In this online event, hear from the bank and partners Trust for Nature and Greening Australia about this unique conservation story.
Bank Australia bought the first of the properties that make up the conservation reserve in 2008, to act on customer concerns about climate change and to offset the impact of the bank’s ending for construction and motor vehicles.
The Bank Australia Conservation Reserve has grown hugely since then, in size and scope. The reserve protects 225 species of native wildlife and 270 species of native plants, and threatened species like the South Eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, the Fiery Jewel Butterfly and the Bearded Dragon.
The reserve is protected in perpetuity through conservation covenant. The bank works with Greening Australia and Trust for Nature, plus Traditional Custodians Barengi Gadjin Land Council, reserve neighbours and local CFAs to ensure the reserve is a thriving and collaborative example of science-based conservation in action. In 2017, Bank Australia, Trust for Nature and Greening Australia released the 10-year conservation strategy for the reserve.