On Sunday 21 July 2019, armed with gardening gloves and winter woollies, a troop of Luminary team members and their families descended on a little-known piece of bushland under Melbourne’s Westgate Bridge. Their mission: to plant 500 native trees, shrubs and grasses.
The area, known as Westgate Park, has been the site of an ongoing revegetation project for the last 20 years – an appropriate timeframe, given that the group was there to mark 20 years in operation for Luminary. Over that time, the park has been transformed from a desolate wasteland to a haven for birds and wildlife.
Together with tree planting company Fifteen Trees and community conservation group Biodiversity Westgate, Luminary successfully re-homed all of the plants supplied by the local Bili Nursery. Our 70-strong team of tree planters was also apparently a record turnout for Fifteen Trees! Thankfully the weather gods were smiling – in stark contrast to the wet and gloomy conditions of the week before.
The team was rewarded with a huge spread for morning tea and a delicious barbecue lunch, courtesy of Office Manager Mike (thanks Mike! 🙏). The kids – big and small – happily traded screen time for green time, with off-duty entertainment including frisbee games, nerf gun battles and footy. At the end, our junior tree-planters all went home with an ‘I Love Trees’ badge from Fifteen Trees.
The aim of the day was not only to mark our 20th birthday but to give our team members a way to celebrate our recent carbon neutrality accreditation. Our decision to become carbon neutral was driven by an acknowledgement of the impact that our digital footprint has on the environment.
In the words of our CEO, Marty Drill: “There are a range of things we can do as a society to reduce our carbon footprint. We believe that planting trees is the most effective way to have people experience a physical representation of their carbon footprint.”
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