Up close on World Environment Day

5 June 2017

World Environment Day is an opportunity to celebrate the incredible diversity and beauty of the region in which Energy Resources of Australia operates.

With this comes great responsibility – and a recognition that we must strike a balance between providing the materials the modern world needs while also minimising potential impacts on the environment.

ERA has a strong history of engagement and co-operation with its regulators and other stakeholders to ensure that the environment remains protected.

ERA Emergency Services Officer Scott Murray shares his passion for Kakadu through an up close photo of one of the region’s most beautiful creatures.

Scott who is an avid wildlife photographer and Jabiru local, said he spotted the Leichardt’s grasshopper while showing friends around Kakadu.

“Leichhardt’s grasshopper was once thought to be extinct, only to be rediscovered in 1971,” Scott said.

“They’re rare – they’re only seen in the wet season, and only on two species of shrub.

“The Gundjeihmi people call them Alyurr. They’re the children of Barrginj and Namarrgon – also known as the Lightning Man”.

For more beautiful photos from the regions where Rio Tinto operates, visit their website.

The vibrant Leichhardt’s grasshopper, a native Australian species, sits in bright contrast to the green foliage of Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia (© Scott Murray)