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12 In what is probably one of the more unusual sustainability initiatives in the company, the Canberra office started hosting a beehive both for honey production and pollination in 2013. The bee hives are on the first floor balcony at the office and many of our staff members have become interested in bees as a result of the project. "Bees are what we call a keystone species in the environment and they are absolutely essential in food production. Pollination is behind many of the foods that make our lives interesting like strawberries, apples and nuts," says Cormac Farrell, Aurecon Senior Environmental Specialist. "Aurecon started keeping bees as part of an urban sustainability initiative. We did a lot of research to determine how we could keep bees in a safe and effective way. One of the things that people don't always realise is that lush urban settings can provide the ideal setting for honey production. The Aurecon branded honey, which we often give to clients as gifts, has even won an award" says Cormac. Staff members at the Aurecon office have become very involved in the bee keeping process and many of them were intrigued to learn more about beehives and honey extraction, which is something that people don't generally get to see in their day to day lives. "Being able to experience the bee keeping and honey extraction processes first hand has been a lot of fun for many of us. Executives, managers and various members of our business units have been involved in doing the beehive inspections and many staff members lend a helping hand to extract and bottle the honey," says Cormac. Aurecon Office Manager, Mike Palmer, says that he was a bit cautious when one of the staff members suggested that beehives be put on the office balcony, but it has proven to be extremely successful and very rewarding. "I made Cormac jump through a few hoops to make sure we've covered all our bases with regards to health and safety and eventually signed off on the initiative. It's been very exciting and staff members have been highly engaged in the process," says Mike. The bees of the Canberra office One world. Their future. " Aurecon started keeping bees as part of an urban sustainability initiative. We did a lot of research to determine how we could keep bees in a safe and effective way." Cormac Farrell Senior Environmental Specialist at Aurecon One world. Their future. Sustainability Report FY 2015 |

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