Environmental sustainability for us is a way of life

My wife and I have been planting trees on our property long before it became a fashionable business ethic to do so and we are committed to the preservation of our natural environment for generations to come.

Carbon neutral in 2008

With a goal to become carbon neutral in 2008 we commissioned Canopy Australia accurately measure our business’s environmental footprint so they could provide advice on the amount of tree planting needed at our home and office base Coodlie Park, to offset our emissions. Since then we have been offsetting our carbon footprint internally by collecting seeds from our property, propagating them and then replanting 1.2 hectares of native vegetation back onto the land each year.

Our environmental consultant, Leonard Cohen at Canopy Australia, believes we are the only tour operator in Australia addressing their carbon footprint internally with our Future Forest Revegetation Program.

 

Some of our other environmental practices include

  • 100% carbon neutral business
  • Advanced-Eco Tourism Australia Accredited
  • Climate action certified as a ‘Climate Change Innovator’ with Eco-Tourism Australia
  • We spend over $10,000 annually on our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint
  • In addition we contribute $15,000 annually with in-kind labour
  • We have invested $40,000 in rainwater tanks and plumbing over the past 10 years
  • We pay a premium for all of our ‘green energy’ electricity produced from renewable sources
  • Through installation of Solar Grid Systems we return 70% of our energy back to the grid
  • We have set aside one third of our property for environmental rehabilitation
  • Signed up in 1999 as a WWOOF host and since have hosted over 300 domestic and international volunteers (WWOOFers, passengers and guests) allowing them to offset their own travel carbon footprints
  • Our guides have extensive knowledge on native plants and animals, indigenous culture and eco-tourism and will share this knowledge with our passengers

Environmental education and solid partnerships

We continue to invest in and implement initiatives to not only offset our own carbon footprint, but to educate others.  From offering an Environmental Education Program for school and community groups.  We have built solid partnerships over the past decade with Canopy Australia, Greening Australia, the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board

We are proud of our partnership with the Eyre Peninsula NRM Board as a key supporter of their nationally accredited Wild Eyre Landscape Conservation Project.  This is an original initiative for indigenous people to protect and restore the natural habitats and threatened species on the West Coast of South Australia.

The program has utilised Coodlie Park regularly for the past three years, with the running of consultative meetings and staff workshops with indigenous staff who have been working with local youth to collect seeds from our property for harvesting and for future regrowth.

 

Coodlie Park is at the heart of the nationally accredited WildEyre Landscape Conservation Project, an original initiative for protecting and restoring natural habitats and threatened species on the West Coast of South Australia. The proprietors, Craig and Jo Haslam, have been great supporters of this program and Greening Australia in general. They are major contributors to revegetation programs, native vegetation management and provide invaluable support to the Traditional Owners in our region…..’

– Simon Bey, Greening Australia April 2011

 

All of our tours revolve around pristine destinations and precious wildlife and our passengers will feel truly connected to nature by the time they complete one of our tours.

One family, with a belief that everyone has the capacity to make a difference.