Konica Minolta has been a Landcare Australia partner since 2011. Initially the partnership’s focus was to provide staff with opportunities to participate in environmental volunteering helping them to make a positive and meaningful contribution to our environment.
The partnership continued to expand with the inception of the Konica Minolta Indigenous Land Grants. The most recent grant was awarded in early 2019 to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) Cranbourne. As part of the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, the grant was used to run two native plant workshops with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members focusing on local Aboriginal plant names and uses.
The workshops were held in July 2019 at RBGV Cranbourne’s annual NAIDOC event with the Garden’s Aboriginal staff and horticulturalists, together with a potting up activity. The goal is to provide greater awareness of local Aboriginal culture through plants which strengthens relations, respect and greater understanding between all cultures and helps to keep the Aboriginal culture alive. View workshop video
Previous to the 2019 grant, Konica Minolta made a generous donation to help support an Aboriginal Cultural Site Restoration project in the ACT through the Ginninderra Catchment Group. The project provided the opportunity for community members including the Aboriginal community, local residents, Landcare volunteers and corporate partners to engage in Aboriginal land management activities such as revegetation, weed control and connecting with significant cultural sites.
Konica Minolta has also provided valuable support to National Landcare Awards and Conferences through the provision of in-kind printing solutions.
View video of Konica Minolta employees enjoying a Corporate Environmental Volunteering Day at Sydney’s Lane Cove National Park.