June 22, 2024 2:21 AM

More Trees for Our Devils


A longstanding partnership with Aussie Ark saw 120 of AGL Macquarie’s workforce from Liddell and Bayswater Power Stations volunteer to plant 6000 trees at the Barrington Tops sanctuary during October.

The mud and rain, lifting and planting didn’t deter the convoy of vehicles that headed for the hills every day for three weeks, with the long-term goal of creating a diverse mid -story, multi-species tree canopy to help support species under threat.

Aussie Ark’s vision and hard work has resulted in successful breeding programs for Tasmanian Devils and Eastern Quolls and the partnership has quickly become a favourite for AGL employees.

Since 2018, AGL volunteers have built mounds for the devils in their enclosures, aided with tasks like weed spraying and covering the enclosures with mesh to protect them from eagles. 

They’ve also funded and managed the installation of a 5.5kW solar system and battery storage for the off-grid site.

AGL Community Relations Coordinator, Jo Ferguson, said the tree planting was a rewarding few weeks for the volunteers.

“Aussie Ark are doing such important work and we appreciate the opportunity to provide support and practical assistance,” she said.

“While the going was tough on some of the days, the incredible scenery in the Barrington Tops and hearing the re-wilded Devils made it a pretty special experience for everyone.” 

Aussie Ark was established in 2011 as ‘Devil Ark’, with a focus on saving the iconic Tasmanian devil from extinction.

Since then, the role of the organisation has expanded, and now has vision of creating a long-term future for our threatened Australian species.

Aussie Ark secures wild sanctuaries to conserve our native wildlife, free from unnatural predation.