Workers at a Bridgestone tyres plant have spent the past decade caring for injured and disabled animals – including six kangaroos – in a little-known wildlife sanctuary in Australia.
But with the tyres plant set to close in April the workers are preparing to hand the area, which is also home to turtles, lizards, ducks and a colony of ring-tailed possums, to Salisbury Council for the community use.
Stephen Hains, Salisbury chief executive, said the company outlined its offer to gift the sanctuary, and an adjoining staff oval, to the public during discussions earlier this month.
He said: “They’ve indicated they will give us this portion of land. But they’ve not indicated clearly the conditions of the handover.
“We are currently putting our own offer together to take back to Bridgestone.”
Bridgestone supervisor Adrian Martin, a long time wildlife carer, approached his employer to build the sanctuary in 2001.
The company jumped at the idea and converted a piece of land on the northwest corner of the plant into a wildlife sanctuary, which included a large man-made lake to house turtles and provide water for animals.
Denna Bowman, Head Office