Keeping our waters clean and pristine
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.