Biodiversity and rehabilitation
With Eraring covering 1,100 hectares, we understand the importance of protecting the surrounding environment and local wildlife.
In 2016, Origin worked with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to safely remove and relocate many tons of fish from the inlet canal during a major station outage. We continue to work with the DPI on a research program to track the movements of fish released following these works.
On average, 1-2 green turtles are removed from our canal system which are released locally if in good health. We also work with Taronga Zoo to rehabilitate green turtles that are sometimes found in the Eraring canal system sick or injured due to boat strikes or floatation issues following the ingestion of plastics.
The onsite nursery is playing an important role in supporting rehabilitation at the site. It grows plants from seed harvested locally and we expect to propagate and plant over 2,000 seedlings each year.
The nursery also provides training opportunities for Indigenous employees. We currently have five local Indigenous employees at the nursery, including three trainees who are studying for their Certificate III in Indigenous Land Management. The team use traditional Indigenous land management practices and techniques to grow the seedlings.