At Holcim, we are committed to making a measurable positive impact on biodiversity backed by science-based indicators on our sites and managed land, helping to protect natural ecosystems and the livelihoods of those in neighbouring communities.
The team at our Colac Quarry, 150 kilometres south-west of Melbourne, has been monitoring the Corangamite Water Skink for ten years as part of our commitments under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999 (EPBC Act). The skink species is listed as endangered under the EPBC Act and is the only water skink to occur in the naturally treeless grasslands of south-eastern Australia.
Under the quarry’s approved plans, further monitoring, salvage and relocation works have created optimal conditions for the Corangamite Water Skink. The extraction of rock and inundation of disused quarry pits has enabled the population to expand from the margins of Lake Colac.