Keep­ing our wa­ters clean and pris­tine

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­days is home to some of the world’s most pris­tine wa­ters.

Abell Point Ma­rina is mak­ing sure it keeps them that way, hav­ing earned its In­ter­na­tional Clean Mari­nas – Level 3 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The vol­un­tary pro­gram im­poses strict en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­te­ria on the ma­rina, but the Abell Point Ma­rina main­te­nance and in­fra­struc­ture man­ager Ross Pater­son said the busi­ness was happy to oblige.

“We’ve got to make sure noth­ing runs into that ocean,” he said. “We put out in our wel­come packs that you can’t empty your grey wa­ter or your sew­er­age into the ma­rina. “We take that away for free. “It’s just mak­ing sure that all the peo­ple in the ma­rina do the right thing for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The pro­gram also takes other en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious prac­tices into ac­count, such as re­cy­cling.

“So how we get rid of our waste, how we get rid of waste wa­ter, fire fight­ing gear and how we han­dle emer­gen­cies,” Mr Pater­son said.

With the pro­gram prov­ing highly pop­u­lar over­seas, Mr Pater­son said it could even en­cour­age more in­ter­na­tional visi­tors to stop at the ma­rina.

“It’s big in Europe, so when we start deal­ing with the big­ger boats they look for that when they come into the area,” he said.

“It just im­proves the en­vi­ron­ment in our area and shows all the peo­ple com­ing into our area that we are en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.”

KEEP­ING CLEAN: Ma­rina In­dus­tries As­so­ci­a­tion’s John Ho­gan presents Abell Point Ma­rina main­te­nance and in­fra­struc­ture man­ager Ross Pater­son with a Level 3 cer­tifi­cate.

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