Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort's commitment to going green has won the tourist accommodation site a prestigious sustainability award.
The resort recently took out gold in the Banksia Awards for its renewable energy transition to 100% solar power.
Established more than 30 years ago, the Banksia National Sustainability Awards recognise individuals, communities, businesses and government for innovation and excellence in environmental and social stewardship.
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort was highlighted for succeeding in its renewable energy goal through the installation of the Hybrid Solar Power Station, plus over 1000 solar panels and over 250 batteries throughout the resort.
These work harmoniously to supply clean and renewable energy for all staff and guests who occupy the resort.
CEO Peter Gash OAM said Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort began its renewable energy journey in 2008.
“We had 96 solar panels, 48 batteries and a lot of determination!” he said.
“14 years later we are now proud to say we have over 1000 solar panels on the island, as well as 250 batteries powering the resort.”
Mr Gash said the number one reason why the resort decided to go green and strive for 100% renewable energy was “because the environmental gain is priceless”.
“By doing so, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions and continue to educate guests who travel to the island to help them make small changes in their every day lives,” he said.
“If we all put our minds to it, we can make a difference.
“There is also no doubt that switching to renewable energy has its’ financial benefits as over the last 14 years we have saved millions of dollars in fuel burn.
“Finally, the media support has been extraordinary throughout our renewable energy journey – which helps us to further educate people who may not be able to get to the island.”
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort has achieved Advanced Ecotourism Certification and the Bundaberg Region was recently listed as a top 100 sustainable destination.