Partnerships and memberships

The Northern Oil Refinery is a major corporate partner of the Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN) - an independent, not-for-profit organisation focused on the protection of Queensland’s unique biodiversity.

QTFN identifies and acquires habitat critical to vulnerable and endangered species in order to preserve their habitat in perpetuity and also promotes use of its permanent reserves for education and research.

A signature project, Avoid Island was acquired by QTFN in 2006 to preserve nesting beaches for the vulnerable flatback turtle (Natator depressus). Located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park about 100km south of Mackay, Avoid Island's beaches provide nesting habitat for 25% - 30% of the female flatback turtles on the east coast of Australia.

As the Northern Oil Refinery is located near Gladstone Harbour – one of the habitats for the flatback turtle – supporting QTFN’s Avoid Island and flatback turtle initiatives made for a natural partnership.

During the last 12 months, QTFN has used the Northern Oil Refinery’s sponsorship to undertake the following work on Avoid Island:

  • facilitate beach clean up activity which removed hazardous material such as plastic bags and fishing line from nesting beaches;
  • part-cover costs to construct low impact accommodation to house scientists and researchers; and
  • part-cover costs to bring tertiary and secondary students to the island for first hand marine science experience.
  • The re-refinery continues to do its bit on its site to avoid or minimise environmental impacts, including having no trade waste connection (thereby preventing discharge into Gladstone Harbour) and using an operating area that is fully concreted and sealed to protect groundwater.


    Memberships

    Australian Council of Recycling

    Southern Oil Refining is a member of the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR), a not-for-profit peak national industry Council representing businesses in the resource recovery and recycling industry of Australia. ACOR works closely with Federal and State Governments to develop policies and programs that improve resource recovery and support investment in and growth of the recycling industry.

    Australian Organics Recycling Association

    Southern Oil Refining is a member of the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) which works to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling organic resources, and advocate for policy change.

    Waste Recycling Industry Queensland

    The Northern Oil Refinery is a member of Waste Recycling Industry Queensland (WRIQ), Queensland's peak waste management and secondary resources body which engages and advocates on a wide range of legislative and regulatory issues impacting the industry.