Looking after our Neighbours
HEAVY INDUSTRY AND RURAL TRANQUILITY MIGHT SEEM AN ODD COUPLE BUT SOMEHOW, AN UNLIKELY PAIR HAVE BEEN MAKING IT WORK FOR MANY YEARS.
There is no arguing the fact Tomago Aluminium likes to be a good neighbour and has been a big supporter of the bordering Hunter Region Botanic Gardens for close to 30 years.
For its part the garden, operated by a huge band of volunteers, likes having its honorary big brother close by.
Over the past 12 years Tomago has helped the botanic garden financially, with more than $60,600 donated to the 140-hectare site.
Hunter Region Botanic Gardens Visitor Services Manager, Jennifer Mason, said the relationship is a strong one.
“Tomago Aluminium is not only a great neighbour but a great asset to us as well,” she said.
As well as helping the Gardens financially, Tomago has also helped physically.
After the 2015 super storm swept through here Tomago was fantastic, helping us out with machinery and helping us with the clean-up after the storm left the gardens much worse for wear.”
“We have a good population of rock wallabies here, some with joeys in their pouches, and there are also more than 90 bird species. The Hunter Valley Beekeepers Association have a number of hives on the grounds and they sell their honey through our shop.
“Our volunteers, some 200 in all, are an amazing group of people.”
And happily, when the beautiful garden meets modern industry, it really is a case of ‘love thy neighbour’.
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