Daydream Island’s commitment to Environmental Sustainability
Daydream Island Resort and Spa remains governed by the rules of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). This membership is considered extremely important and is taken very seriously by Management. Daydream Island Resort and Spa continues to commit to environmental sustainability through:
- An Operational Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the Salt Water Lagoons in Daydream’s Living Reef Outdoor Aquarium was prepared for GBRMPA. .
- Daydream Island conducts regular reporting sessions with GBRMPA to ensure its regulations and those of the Environmental Protection Authority are met.
- Every effort is taken to maintain the rainforest, ensuring the wildlife’s ecosystem is kept intact. The Island liaises with local Queensland National Parks and Wildlife representatives as required, particularly in terms of preserving the Island’s ecological integrity. Daydream also employs a staff member who is certified in the care of a wide range of wild animals.
Long before Queensland’s worst drought on record reached crisis point, Daydream Island Resort and Spa was employing water saving strategies. Waste water on the Island is recycled through the sewage treatment facility. A recent major upgrade from its previous secondary stage means it is now able to produce 99.9% pure water. While the water is fit for human consumption, Daydream Island Resort and Spa chooses to only use this water to irrigate gardens. So all of the water used to irrigate our beautiful gardens is actually recycled water.
Playing a small but significant role in monitoring Queensland’s water crisis, Daydream plans to record rainfall on the Island daily, and send monthly reports to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Daydream is in the process of moving to energy efficient lighting. Regular maintenance is carried out and energy audits have been completed to enable the Resort to operate more efficiently as an ongoing project plan.
All departments are encouraged to follow the rules of recycling by separating plastic/paper, glass and general waste. The raw sewerage is treated on site and its bi-product is taken away and used for landfill. Engine oil, paints and chemicals are removed by waste management contractors. We are presently looking at separating all cardboard and aluminium cans to add to our recycling programme. Our used cooking oils are sent off island and reused as a bio-fuel in lieu of Diesel. We mulch all green waste and fallen and pruned trees for use on our garden beds. A compactor is also used to try to minimise the number of times Daydream Island Resort and Spa requires the use of a barge to remove rubbish.
Water is conserved wherever possible such as utilising water reducing taps, water reticulation etc. Notices are placed in all rooms asking guests to make a conscious choice as to whether their bed linen and towels are changed daily.