Resimac strengthens customer engagement with planting projects
Resimac is pleased to reveal the community tree-planting projects new customers can support as part of the exciting new Plant Trees Australia project.
The news follows Resimac’s partnership with non-profit group Carbon Positive Australia, announced in January. Newly settled customers can choose a community tree-planting project from a Resimac webpage that Resimac will donate to on their behalf, then follow its progress. There is no charge for customers to participate.
Customers will learn about Plant Trees Australia from their welcome e-mail and the Resimac Plant Trees Australia page. They can then choose to support one of three planting projects.
Option 1 – ‘Pocket forests’ in schools and communities across Australia
Community groups will be planting ‘pocket forests’ in schools and communities using the Miyawaki method, partnering with BrettaCorp, Earthwatch and the Harry Butler Institute.
Miyawaki forests were designed as compressed forests for smalls areas. They are named after Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki. Resimac is funding these forests in schools and parks across Australia.
For children, planting Miyawaki forests offers learning opportunities and helps them take action in the face of climate change. Miyawaki forests reach canopy cover quickly and provide greater biodiversity than standard forestry techniques.
Option 2 – Biodiversity and ecosystem restoration in Victoria and WA
Community groups will plant trees on land that has degraded or been cleared. The work of these volunteers will help habitat connectivity and encourage farmers to work together on corridor projects.
The Victoria project is at former dairy farm Regen The Plains, Goulburn Valley. The aim is to restore areas of Plains Grassy Woodland, an endangered ecosystem where less than one per cent remains uncleared.
The Western Australia project is in Tardun, an area known for its wildflower display during spring. This planting project aims to increase native vegetation, reduce soil erosion and increase productivity on the farm.
Option 3 – Indigenous-led projects in WA and central Australia
Indigenous people will lead work in Western Australia and central Australia to create tree nurseries, collect seeds and plant trees. These efforts provide employment for rangers.
In 2023, Plant Trees Australia is starting work with the NPY (Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara) Womens Council. The council is led by womens law, authority and culture to deliver health, social and cultural services for Aboriginal people in central Australia. The goals of this work are:
- build a commercial-scale greenhouse
- hire a ranger
- plant hundreds of trees
By working with customers to help fund community tree-planting projects around Australia, Resimac is demonstrating its commitment to take urgent action against climate change and its impacts.
Resimac will contribute a small sum per settlement to each customer’s chosen project. This gives customers greater involvement and replaces the one tree per settlement scheme.