Our Commitment To Our Environment

Through Waste, Water and Energy

Sustainable Tourism

Townsville Eco Resort is Advanced Ecotourism Certified.  We aim to inspire environmentally sustainable tourism through best practices over three core services: Waste, Water and Energy

We are currently developing an eco- glamping experience and constructed wetland. Constructed wetlands are a series of shallow, densely-planted, man-made ponds that help filter water through physical and biological processes. They provide a natural way to treat and remove pollutants from storm water before it enters our creeks, rivers and oceans.

Stay tuned!

Water sustainability

WASTE AND WATER MANAGEMENT

Waste:

Townsville Eco Resort treats all its own waste water on site. In December 2020 we have 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.

Once the constructed wetland is developed, the treated water will be disbursed into the wetland. The wetland will assist water runoff entering the Great Barrier Reef through storms and weather events. It has the ability for us to recycle water for our gardens and/or offload to local farmers for their crops.

The region is home to about 400 of Australia’s 760+ species of birds and is a bird watchers Mecca. The wetland will provide a habitat for local flora and fauna, making it the ideal home to numerous birds.

Our constructed wetland initiative also 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.

Water:

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 and has also obtained star rating from CCIQ Ecobiz for water/waste and energy use.

The park also supports the ability to offload valuable recycled water when able, to local farmers for crops via the constructed wetland. 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.

culture

OUR COMMUNITY AND CULTURE

Indigenous Culture: 

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land. We pay our respects to the Wulgurukaba Elders both past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal Australia. Townsville Eco Resort respects and acknowledges the importance of working alongside the indigenous community and supports the local indigenous tourism operators found here.

Community: 

Townsville Eco Resort is proud to be involved with Be Kind. Be Kind is a local Townsville not for profit organisation, that aims to reduce the stigma that surrounds Mental Health and Suicide. We are supporting Be Kind through a financial donation as well as a raffle prize for a stay for two in a glamping tent.

The money will go to the first Be Kind space in Australia! This will be a safe space to provide therapy, education, public access to computers for studying, and amongst all that are workshops and a café that allows a space to build connection within the community.

The park also supports the ability to offload valuable recycled water when able, to local farmers for crops via the constructed wetland. 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.

emissions

CARBON EMISSIONS

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 transit 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.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION

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, equiped 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 uneccessarily, which prolongs the life of the motor and equipment.

  • Published On: March 3rd, 2021