Rottnest Foundation is working in partnership with BHP Billiton to implement two sections of the Wadjemup Bidi project. More info.

Group shot_6_5_16As part of this partnership, 19 BHP Billiton employees volunteered to plant 400 seedlings on Rottnest Island on Friday 6th of May.

IMG_1756The site chosen for revegetation is  where a sculpture has recently been designed and installed by Aboriginal Noongar artist Peter Farmer.

After lunch, the group was taken on the ‘Secrets of the Lakes’ tour by three Rottnest Voluntary Guides. This tour showcases the Gabbi Karniny Bidi section of the Wadjemup Bidi and promotes the protection and conservation of the salt lakes which are highly valuable biodiversity assets.

IMG_1759One of the BHP Billiton employees who participated in the planting day was Viet Nguyen, who has been involved with the partnership since its inception.

Viet provided Eilidh Graham (RIA Wadjemup Bidi Coordinator) with feedback on behalf of the entire group following the planting day>

‘The entire day was well run and plenty of time was spent setting the context of why we were tree planting as well as the connection to the investment that BHP Billiton has made.
I was impressed with the professionalism of the day, quality of the sculpture, tribute to the indigenous heritage and the strategy behind the project.
Please pass on our thanks to Jon, Elizabeth and Francine for their walking tour; we appreciated their knowledge and passion for the Island.
I think I can speak on everyone’s behalf when I say that we thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. It’s wonderful that you have been able to collectively develop the project to what it is today.
As West Australians, we all have our own personal fond memories on the island, and this is a fantastic opportunity to do something practical and good for the broader community.’
Viet Nguyen
(Superintendent HSE AI&R Iron Ore)

From all of us here at the Rottnest Foundation, we would like to thank BHP Billiton volunteers for helping to deliver the Wadjemup Bidi project which is aiding to conserve the Island for future generations.

BHP Billiton employees are scheduled to plant on the Island as part of the trail project on the following dates

  • 27th May 2016
  • 3rd June 2016
  • 10th June 2016
  • 17th June 2016
  • 24th June 2016 &
  • 22nd July 2016.