Our Macraes operation has made a major commitment to helping local lizards establish a new home. The project was initiated as part of the broader permitting process to commence mining in the site’s Coronation Pit and required the construction of an additional lizard habitat on the outer boundaries of the new pit.
The new habitat consists of deep rock piles, which were constructed by excavating 10 areas of approximately 100 square metres in size and up to one metre in depth that allow water to collect, and help provide the necessary habitat for the lizards colonizing the piles. The team now plans to plant fruit-bearing shrubs and tussocks around the rock pile margins to help improve the habitat and provide additional food sources.
The monitoring of lizard colonisation will continue annually for the next five years and the team remains committed to nurturing local biodiversity and making the lizards feel at home.