Lockheed Martin and Landcare helping improve water use for indigenous seed program in remote South Australia
CANBERRA, Australia, April 22, 2017 – Lockheed Martin Australia is teaming up with Landcare Australia to help deliver critical improvements to water usage for an important seed propagation program in the remote South Australian town of Ceduna, 800 kilometres west of Adelaide.
The program, run by the Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation (CAC), provides employment and training opportunities for indigenous people in their town as well as providing long term seed collection that will help to ensure that potentially endangered species such as sandalwood are protected.
The Lockheed Martin Landcare Australia grant will enable the CAC to purchase water piping and fittings to replace existing reticulation lines from the water mains system and have it replaced with a more efficient, effective and productive water servicing system that supports the seed propagation program.
Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia, Vince Di Pietro, made the announcement on Earth Day as part of Lockheed Martin’s Go Green program to track environmental performance against three specific targets: energy, water and waste.
“Lockheed Martin Australia is proud to contribute to this community project which very much aligns with our own Go Green Program to reduce carbon emissions, energy and water use and waste to landfill,” said Di Pietro.
“Beyond this program, Lockheed Martin’s partnership with Landcare Australia will provide employees and their families opportunities to contribute to their local Landcare group and get involved in grass roots environmental projects in their own region.”
The Ceduna project is expected to deliver improved water reticulation, reduced water costs and improved productivity in propagation of native plants, establishment of Emu Farm as a focal point in seed collection, storage and socially active employment and training venue for indigenous job seekers.
“Lockheed Martin has a strong commitment to environmental stewardship in its operations and uses best practice principles in environmental management to enhance sustainable business activities and products,” added Vanessa Goodison, Environment, Safety and Health Manager for Lockheed Martin Australia.
“This partnership with Landcare Australia develops and extends our Go Green Program and demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship as well as aligning with the mission and principles of Earth Day.”
Lockheed Martin and Landcare Australia share a commitment to community projects to conserve and protect the natural environment.
About Lockheed Martin Australia
Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Lockheed Martin Australia and its related entities employ more than 800 people in Australia and New Zealand working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence, maritime and civil sector.