Re­new­ables boost re­sort eco-friend­li­ness

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ONE of the most beau­ti­ful resorts on the Great Bar­rier Reef has gone green, with more than 80 per cent of its en­ergy coming from so­lar pan­els at the site.

The iconic Or­pheus Is­land Lodge is one of 10 is­land resorts to ben­e­fit from the State Gov­ern­ment’s $25 mil­lion Great Bar­rier Reef Is­land Resorts Re­ju­ve­na­tion Pro­gram.

Tourism In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Kate Jones said 810 so­lar pan­els had been in­stalled at the re­sort.

Mor­ris Group executive di­rec­tor Hay­ley Mor­ris said Or­pheus Is­land Lodge had also im­ple­mented waste re­duc­tion ini­tia­tives that would cut gen­eral waste vol­ume to land­fill by 50 per cent.

“The op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment has en­abled us to speed up our sus­tain­abil­ity plans and im­ple­ment key rec­om­men­da­tions from the en­ergy au­dit we un­der­took,” she said.

“Low­er­ing our im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment also means run­ning a more ef­fi­cient busi­ness and al­low­ing us to show­case an im­pres­sive so­lar ar­ray to our guests, as well as con­tribut­ing di­rectly to the preser­va­tion of the GBR.”

Last year the Mor­ris Group, which also owns the Ville Re­sort-casino, asked Nu-tility to do an en­ergy au­dit at the Or­pheus Is­land re­sort. At the time Nu-tility man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and co-founder Daniel Bar­ber said the target was to re­move more than 80 per cent of the fos­sil fu­els be­ing used.

“In the cooler months we an­tic­i­pate the is­land will be run­ning 100 per cent on re­new­ables,” he said.

The switch to re­new­able en­ergy and in­stal­la­tion of vari­able speed drives also saves an es­ti­mated 500 litres a day in diesel use, and fuel to trans­port diesel to the is­land via barge.

Townsville MP Scott Ste­wart said since the so­lar and bat­tery system was in­stalled, car­bon emis­sions at the re­sort had dropped by an aver­age of 11 tonnes of CO2 a week.

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