Wastewater, waste and water management
Townsville Eco Resort treats all its wastewater on site. In December 2020, we implemented a new system that reduces emissions and has zero noise, producing A class treated water. As we were impacted by the Townsville Monsoon in 2019, the new plant has the additional benefit of being flood resistant and underground.
The treated water produced by the plant is disbursed into our constructed wetland. The wetland has a rich natural diversity of plants and animals, which act as filtering systems, removing sediment, nutrients and pollutants from water. It ensures that the water runoff entering the Great Barrier Reef through storms and weather events is as clean as possible.
We also can offload valuable recycled water when able, to local farmers for crops via the constructed wetland.
The region is home to about 400 of Australia’s 760+ species of birds and is a bird watchers Mecca. The wetland provides a habitat for local flora and fauna, making it the ideal home to numerous birds and other wildlife.
Our constructed wetland initiative saw us take out the Environment Award at the 2021 Caravan Parks Association of Queensland Award Ceremony.
To reduce our waste, we have also implemented recycling of bottles/plastics through Reef Recycling and encourage guests to use this facility and care for the environment.
All garden waste is composted onsite and mulched back into gardens. Food waste in the camp kitchen is supported by a compost unit.
Townsville Eco Resort proudly boasts Townsville’s best water and has a dual operating system. The water is supplied to the park via our onsite bore and purified via a reverse osmosis system that removes 99% of particles. This is then distributed to facilities and sites for consumption and personal use, reducing the need for inline filters for RV’s. Direct bore water is also supplied for garden use only throughout the Park to keep our gardens green.
In 2016 and 2021, Townsville Eco Resort was awarded “The Ray Fitton Award” from the Caravan Parks Association of Queensland. We also have obtained star rating from CCIQ Ecobiz for water/waste and energy use.
Preservation and planting of Mt Stuart Ironbark within the park which is classified as vulnerable (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999)
Ensuring the protection of the Great Barrier Reef, the park has gone to great lengths to ensure no harmful effects enter our reefs and waterways.
Townsville Eco Resort has implemented and supported 19.8KW of solar PV and battery backup to enable operation in events which is also supported by a large 40KVA generator when required. The park has installed energy saving lighting and energy saving products to assist with further reductions.
To reduce heat and energy we have implemented a white roof system for cooling which continues to be increased as the park grows.
The park has incorporated an 4×4 electric vehicle to assist maintenance within the park, equipped with tools.
Installation of home build permeable driveway to reduce heat islanding and promote groundwater infiltration.
Assisting with excess pumping of motors, float valves have been installed in water devices with shut off valves to ensure pumps are not used unnecessarily, which prolongs the life of the motor and equipment.
Our Community & Culture
Our park does an amazing job in reducing its emissions with solar, water and waste. We would love our guests to be our environment warriors and consider their emissions too. Not just during their stay but during their course of travel. If you would like to check your emissions and calculate how much you are using please check out this tool: https://carbonneutral.com.au/carbon-calculator/
You have already made the right decision by choosing an Advanced Ecotourism Accredited Business, which is an awesome start. Below are some tips to help your journey.
- Take longer vacations! Tell your boss you have to take a longer vacation; it’s better for the environment!
- Fly economy
- Use public transport instead of a cab to get to your next location
- Don’t forget to turn off your stuff while you’re away
- Offset your carbon footprint
Download this leaflet from Ecotourism Australia for more Responsible Travel tips.