Protecting our natural wonderland
We are seriously committed to environmental sustainability. Governed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), we follow their best practice rules to make sure we’re doing the absolute best we can to protect the environment, and operate sustainably.
Our waste water is recycled through a special sewage treatment facility. Thanks to a recent major upgrade, the water produced is 99.9% pure, and while it’s fit for drinking, we only use it to irrigate our gardens.
We also play our part in monitoring Queensland’s water crisis, recording daily rainfall on the island and sending monthly reports to the Bureau of Meteorology.
We know water’s a precious commodity in Australia, and make every effort to conserve it in our day-to-day operations through a number of initiatives. These include:
- Using recycled waste water on our gardens
- Doing regular maintenance checks on all taps
- Fitting showers and toilets with water-saving technology
- Giving guests the option to reuse towels and bedding for a second day, reducing the water used in washing
- Encouraging staff and guests to reduce their shower time. Did you know each minute of showering uses around 10 litres of water?
In an effort to reduce energy consumption, we…
- Use energy efficient lights where possible
- Encourage guests and staff to switch off lights and appliances when not in use
- Regularly clean air conditioning filters to make sure they’re not working harder than needed
- Encourage air con systems to be maintained at an easy 23℃
- Installing insulation in all buildings to reduce the need for air conditioning
- Keeping fridges and freezers sealed and at optimal temperatures
- Making sure all appliances have the best suitable energy consumption rating.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Rubbish management is a particularly big challenge for islands. So we do a number of things to reduce landfill, including:
- Banning single-use plastic bags and straws
- Avoiding disposable cups, plates, cutlery, napkins where possible and using reusable crockery, glassware, plastics and cutlery
- Separating general rubbish and recyclable materials
- Contracting certified contractors to ensure engine oil, paints and other chemicals are disposed correctly
- Mulching green waste from pruned and fallen trees and foliage to use in garden beds
- Compacting rubbish on site, to minimise barge travel
- Reusing used cooking oils as bio fuel in lieu of diesel.