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World Environment Day 2016 in Full Flight

World Environment Day (5 May), is intended to encourage awareness and action for the protection of the environment. This year’s theme is the illegal trade of wildlife.

In Australia the illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar industry, where native parrots, cockatoos, birds of prey, snakes and lizards are highly sought after on international markets.

In order to raise awareness, Central Highlands Water has planned a World Environment Day event on Monday 6 June at the Central Highlands Water office in Wendouree.

The event will include the opportunity for staff to meet and interact with native birds of prey from the Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary. The Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary allows people the rare opportunity to experience the ‘wild’ creatures up close and personal.

Central Highlands Water Managing Director, Paul O’Donohue said “The event presents a fantastic opportunity for our people to experience these birds face to face and learn more about how we can ensure their ongoing survival within our own catchments.”

Director and Main Raptor Handler Martin Scuffins said, “Birds of prey are excellent ambassadors for conservation because they allow people to witness the wonder and beauty of the creatures we share the planet with.”

To coincide with World Environment Day Central Highlands Water will launch the newly formed CHW Environment Committee.

The Committee has been established to ensure Central Highlands Water continue to deliver upon their Environmental Management Policy and best practice environmental management.

The initial focus of the Environment Committee will be to support the transition to the updated EMS Standard (ISO 14001) by June 2016.

Central Highlands Water Managing Director, Paul O’Donohue said, “This new initiative will ensure our people are in touch with the environment they work in and appreciate the impact their everyday work can have, if best practice standards are not followed.”