Volkswagen Group Australia recently donated $1 million to Bush Heritage Australia for bushfire and reforestation projects in response to our devastating bushfires this past summer.
"Although the world has been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic since the fires earlier this year, Volkswagen remains committed to supporting bushfire relief and restoration," said Michael Bartsch, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Australia.
The One Million Trees Project in the Eurardy Nature Reserve in Western Australia will receive $250,000 and a project to restore 400 hectares in the Scottsdale Reserve in NSW will receive $750,000 via Bush Heritage Australia (BHA), which is an independent, not-for-profit national organisation that acquires and manages land, working with indigenous people to protect the local flora and fauna. BHA owns 37 nature reserves covering a total area of 1.24 million hectares. Through its 25 Aboriginal partnerships, BHA also supports the management of an additional 10.1 million hectares.
The donation to One Million Trees and the Scottsdale Reserve project is part of a $2.5 million total donation framework that Volkswagen pledged earlier this year.
With $500,000 sent to the volunteer fire brigades of Queensland, News South Wales, Victoria and South Australia in the immediate wake of the bushfires, $1 million remains. Volkswagen is currently in the process of examining eligible recipients for those funds.