Lion Adopts a Patch in Launceston
Wednesday 10 September 2014
The Keep Australia Beautiful National Association, in partnership with Lion, are proud to announce the Adopt a Patch program in Launceston . This national initiative will harness volunteers from Lion manufacturing sites to help Keep Australia Beautiful transform litter-strewn public places into areas of natural beauty for the wider community to enjoy.
Work began last week by starting to remove litter and weeds, and will progress to improvements like planting native shrubs and flowers and ongoing maintenance. Team members at Lion’s J Boag & Son Brewery in Launceston had earmarked a plot alongside the North Esk River that was overgrown with weeds and litter. This environmental eyesore was transformed into little pieces of paradise for Launceston locals to walk, sit and take in the view of the riverbank.
The Keep Australia Beautiful Adopt a Patch program engages local communities and manufacturing sites to improve patches of community land on their doorstep. The program develops a sense of place by empowering local employees and communities to take action and improve their community spaces in line with local needs.
Keep Australia Beautiful CEO Peter McLean said, “Adopt a Patch identifies, engages and supports active communities. Keep Australia Beautiful is able to provide a framework in order to give resources and support to community groups and local manufacturers looking to make a difference in their local area.”
Jerry Wylie, Operations Director at the J Boag & Son Brewery in Launceston said: “We all want to live and work in places we can be proud of so our team is very pleased to be joining Lion colleagues around Australia to Adopt a Patch here in Launceston.
“We saw that this plot of land near the North Esk River had great potential and with some hard work from our team, we’re pleased that we have made it a more pleasing space the whole community can enjoy.”
Launceston City Council Mayor Albert van Zetten said: “It’s fantastic to see a local businesses like Lion getting behind Keep Australia Beautiful and taking the initiative to enhance a public space here in Launceston. We wholeheartedly support this initiative and look forward to seeing the outcome.”
The Adopt a Patch program is sponsored by Lion, one of Australia’s leading beverage and food companies. This projects is part of Lion’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, and in particular to reducing litter in the communities surrounding Lion’s manufacturing sites.
Contact Stacey Passey
Phone (02) 8626 9396
About Keep Australia Beautiful
Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With over four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with the organisation Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, The LITTLE Committee, Australia’s Litter Action Plan, and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.
The KAB National website is kab.org.au where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the National Litter Index which is Australia’s only independent nation-wide litter research.
Lion is a leading beverage and food company with a portfolio that includes many of Australia and New Zealand’s favourite brands such as Tooheys, Dairy Farmers, XXXX, PURA, Hahn, Berri, Speight’s, King Island Dairy, Boag’s, Yoplait, Wither Hills and COON.
Our products accompany life’s sociable moments, whether it’s a family meal or good times at the pub with mates. Dairy, juice, soy and the responsible enjoyment of alcohol beverages are all part of a healthy lifestyle for many people, and when enjoyed in moderation, our combined portfolio of food and drink brands can benefit wellbeing.
We employ close to 7,000 people and take great pride in our local manufacturing footprint across the Tasman, which spans 36 sites – including large breweries, craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, dairy farms, milk, cheese, yoghurt and juice sites as well as venues and over 40 Liquor King retail outlets in New Zealand.
We invest in a range of community groups and social change organisations that drive real improvements in the community and encourage positive consumption behaviours.
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