Orica’s Executive Global Head Projects and Technology Ron Douglas said the new agreement enhanced the company’s support for the Foundation which stretched back to 2012.
“The agreement Orica announces today significantly enhances our support for the Foundation which funds vital research to protect and preserve this wonder of the natural world,” Mr Douglas said.
He said the funding would be provided through the company’s Community Partnerships Program which was established in 2014 to assist initiatives that demonstrate Orica’s commitment to corporate social responsibility in host communities.
“We have been involved with the Foundation since 2012, but through Orica’s Community Partnerships Program we are now able to commit to a longer and more comprehensive agreement. It’s a win-win for Orica and the Foundation,” Mr Douglas added.
The GBR Foundation is the only independent, not-for-profit organisation in Australia dedicated solely to raising funds for scientific research to foster a resilient Reef.
GBRF’s Director of Operations Theresa Fyffe thanked Orica for their commitment to finance research projects on the Reef in the years to come.
“We partner with a range of research organisations, governments and corporate partners and are delighted that Orica have made the commitment to invest in the Reef for the next three years,” Ms Fyffe said.
She also provided an overview of this year’s ReefBlitz open community event, which Orica will support through sponsorship and employee participation.
“ReefBlitz is an important program which the Foundation launched last year which allows the whole community to get involved in citizen science and get hands-on collecting data and discovering plants and animals living in and around the Great Barrier Reef,” she said.
Orica employs more than 700 Queenslanders in the Bowen Basin and has an office in Townville, the location of this year’s ReefBlitz event.