Barossa Enterprises accepts donation of pallets for wildlife

DONATION: Rick Collis, Production Manager; Scott Leahy, Truck Driver; Paul Mackenzie, Warehouse; Gayle Manning, Client Liaison Officer Barossa Bottling. Photo: Stuart Taverner
DONATION: Rick Collis, Production Manager; Scott Leahy, Truck Driver; Paul Mackenzie, Warehouse; Gayle Manning, Client Liaison Officer Barossa Bottling. Photo: Stuart Taverner

Wine pallets will be transformed into shelters for injured and displaced wildlife throughout bushfire-torn Australia thanks to a collaboration between Barossa Enterprises and Barossa Bottling company.

By donating more than 200 wooden pallets which previously housed bottles of wine, Barossa Bottling has enabled the construction of the first shipment of wildlife shelters.

Barossa Enterprises is the largest employer of People with Disability in regional SA.

Barossa Bottling Client Liaison Officer Gayle Manning said it was a match made in heaven.

"This actually is just perfect for what a lot of us here, being animal lovers, we were so impacted (by the bushfires)," she explained.

"So the fact that we are now, for koalas and other things, going to be a part of building little homes is great."

Ms Manning has experienced the effects of bushfires first hand after being caught in the Eden Valley fire in 2014.

"I lost a lot of my sheep and my fencing and all sorts, so this really hits home."

Barossa Enterprises staff and volunteers will now prototype and construct mobile wildlife shelters from the pallets to be shipped out to Kangaroo Island, Cudlee Creek and beyond.

The partnership will continue and monthly deliveries of pallets will supply Barossa Enterprises with material for wildlife shelters.

"We'll make sure we put aside these wooden pallets and we will just keep supplying them," Ms Manning said.

Communications Coordinator for Barossa Enterprises Kerry Hampel said the idea came after the first fires started to rip through the country late last year.

"Now we can actually start making some prototypes now, so we're really excited."

The shelters will then be donated to wildlife groups who will distribute them to areas that have been ravaged by bushfires this summer.

Barossa Enterprises are still on the lookout for more businesses who can donate pallets; not just in the Barossa, but also at their Clare Valley and Mclaren Vale sites.

This story Wine to wildlife: building a brighter future first appeared on Barossa & Light Herald.