During the 2019 calendar year, OneFortyOne contributed over $400,000 to a wide range of community projects in these categories:
Our organisation is strongly tied to the communities in which we operate: the people who live and work in the areas where our mills and forests are located; the natural environment of our forests and their surrounds; the wildlife that inhabits them.
We support education and training to upskill local people and initiatives designed to foster more inclusivity and cultural diversity. Because our business is embedded in the land and the trees, we’re always seeking ways to create a more sustainable, more biodiverse environment.
In 2019 we have supported lots of community projects, small and large.
For example during 2019, Nature Glenelg Trust and OneFortyOne turned our collective focus to threatened species conservation. We know at least six nationally threatened species call Mt Burr home: the Little Galaxias (fish), Growling Grass Frog, Australian Bittern (bird), Southern Brown Bandicoot, Southern Bent-wing Bat and the Red-tailed Black-cockatoo. Now, thanks to the introduction of sustainable water management, the reserve has attracted another vulnerable species. In late 2019, juvenile southern pygmy perch were found at Mt Burr Swamp – a really encouraging sign in response to wetland restoration efforts.
We also have a long history with the Stand Like Stone Foundation is a leading philanthropic community foundation in South Australia. We have had a partnership since 2014. Since then we have awarded over $180,000 to 18 charitable projects through OneFortyOne Community Capacity Building Grants.
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In New Zealand, Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, is a hugely popular activity for visitors and locals – it’s made up of 22 Great Rides and 22 Heartland Rides that link them together. One of the Great Rides is the Great Taste Trail, which begins at the Nelson Airport or the Nelson City i-SITE featuring panoramic coastal and mountain views over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary and the Western Ranges, and ending at Kaiteriteri. The Trail passes by many places to stop and explore the best of the region’s food and drink offerings. The Great Taste Trail is still under construction, and when a section of the Trail needed to be completed through our forests, representatives from the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust reached out to OneFortyOne. We were able to provide financial support for essential earthworks.
We’re also very fond of the Kea and the birds are often our companions in the forest. From 2019 onwards, OneFortyOne will provide funding to the Kea Conservation Trust to support the Conflict Transformation Programme for at least the next five years. This is a citizen science research programme that will strive to establish how important plantation forestry is to kea by using kea sightings and data from our staff and contractors, and a third research programme that supports kea in situ.