Greater Bank to plant 5000 trees at Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary as part of 75 year anniversary campaign

DIG IN: Greater Bank employees Jason Eder and Ingrid Kaczor planting trees at the One Mile-based Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary on Monday, September 21. Picture: Supplied
DIG IN: Greater Bank employees Jason Eder and Ingrid Kaczor planting trees at the One Mile-based Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary on Monday, September 21. Picture: Supplied

A team of Greater Bank employees will help put the finishing touches on the soon-to-open Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary on Monday when they plant the first of 5000 trees the bank has donated to the park.

The planting is part of Greater Bank's 75 year anniversary campaign which will see the Hunter-born financial institution plant 75,000 trees across regional NSW.

Greater Bank's head of marketing and customer experience, Matt Hingston, said they were looking forward to sharing the 75-year celebrations and tree planting with the One Mile-based sanctuary, which is predicted to become one of the region's most significant eco-tourism destinations.

"Making a difference to our customers, our staff and the community is what drives us. This project will not only help the local environment but also supports this new attraction to the region," Mr Hingston said.

"The Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary is a fantastic initiative and we are delighted to lend our support to bringing the venue to life."

About 20 Greater Bank employees will be on hand to plant native flora in an area within the One Mile sanctuary, which will become known as Greater Bank Grove, on September 21.

The sanctuary is being launched on Friday, September 25 and will open to the public at 9am on Saturday, September 26. It has been developed to provide visitors with a unique opportunity to see koalas in their natural environment while educating them on threats to the population.

Greater Bank's tree planting at the sanctuary is one of a number of projects slated for Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, the Hunter and Port Stephens.

More than 45,000 trees will be planted in the Hunter, with the the remaining will be planted across other regions within Greater Bank's area of operation including Central Coast, Illawarra, Dubbo, Tamworth and Tweed Heads.