HISTORY Demolished existing residence Installed 1500 watt, 24 and started building BBQ area on volt inverter with 2 same site. battery banks of 600 amp/h x 24 volt. This Purchased Returned was to power Hidden Valley Finished to Hidden refrigerators when Cabins BBQ Valley generator wasn’t area Cabins running.1986 1987 1988 1989 1992 1993 1997 2000 2005 Demolished shop, bar and Built new dinning room owners Installed 600 watt and rebuilt to residence inverter and 6 x include 2volt batteries to storeroom power TV, VCR, TV Leased swimming pool including a Hidden salillite dish and cold room. Entertainment area, Valley computer in owners installed 12 volt lighting Cabins residence. cabin 5 as a template for others 5 more individual cabins existing 4 rooms, adjoining to toilet block 40 seat restaurant
ROSS & CHELS HISTORY• Travelled around the world and lived in United Kingdom andCanada•Love for nature and environment•Learnt a lot about carbon footprint and environmental issues•Tourism was the right industry for us•Chelsea – Marketing degree & Ross – business experience
POSITIVES• Location & Remoteness: HVC is in an isolated setting, surroundedby a 90 square mile cattle station.•The setting: Pristine bush setting and outback ambience.•Proximity: Outstanding natural attractions•The drive to HVC: Guests travel through a variety of eco-systems•The weather: Mild weather, invariably fine for almost all the year• The Historic and Natural Environment: The area has a fascinatinghistory and our family has been a part of this history
POSITIVES•The Architecture: Unique hand-crafted furniture, architecture andlandscaping, using local timber.
NEGATIVES• Location & Remoteness: HVC is in an isolated setting, surroundedby a 90 square mile cattle station.•No council amenities: e.g. waste, power, water, sewage etc…•No drive by trade: Like on a major highway•Destination: Hidden Valley isn’t on the map, Townsville our majorregional hub is getting there – domestic, not international•Our road: 8.5km of gravel, which a council looks after and theyjust amalgamated
BIGGEST PROBLEMS1. Power2. Carbon Footprint “Living next to outstanding natural attractions such as the world’s oldest living rainforest and we have a 110 million year old egg laying mammal swimming in our creek next door. It our responsibility to protect that!”
OPTIONS1. Running Diesel Generators: Not environmentally friendly. Very loud. Very time consuming, very labor intensive and expensive2. Solar power the entire resort: Ian’s experience with solar power over the past 15 years was critical WHICH ONE WOULD YOU PREFER?
OK GREAT IDEA BUT HOWDOES THIS RELATIVE TO THE BIG PICTURE?
WHATS NEXT?•Had a meeting with Townsville Enterprise – Loved it!•Tourism Queensland – Loved it!•Tourism Australia – www.tra.australia.com•Common sense – linking your product with tourism bodies
SOLAR POWER1. Knowing how much power you need – Energy Audit2. Installed a meter3. Recorded our daily usages for 4 months4. Worked out how we can save energy
SAVING ENERGY• Every Watt is sacred• Lighting• Refrigeration• Appliances – switching them off over night and sourcing energy efficient ones. Leaving a TV set on at the power point draws 20 watts per hour, 0.48 KWH per day, 1226.4 KWH per year, resulting in 1.2 tonnes of CO2 emissions.• Changing menus• After 7 months – WE’RE READY!
SOLAR POWER1. Knowing how much power you need – Energy Audit2. Installed a meter3. Recorded our daily usages for 4 months4. Worked out how we save energy5. Design and Purchase a Solar Power System
SOLAR POWER SYSTEM1. Got a quote • 1st Quote $530 000 • 2nd Quote $187 000, difference $343 000, quote came from 1 Alternative way, Nimbin NSW • Rainbow Power Company www.rpc.com.au
SOLAR POWER SYSTEM2. Installed Solar Power System 16th December 2007 • 18 months of research • 10 days to build it • Final cost $75 000 • In 1st year of operation, will save 26 000 litres of diesel and 78 tonnes of C02 emissions
SYSTEM PAYBACK PERIOD• Under two years in diesel alone• $1.2 million saving over the next 20 years• Approximately 1.5 hours of maintenance per month
CARBON NEUTRAL• HVC commissioned Climate Friendly to complete in-house audits to reduce carbon emissions• purchased carbon credits to make HVC the first resort (and tour business) in Australia to be carbon-neutral.
ECO-CERTIFIED• Received accreditation on 4th April 2008• Eco-Tourism Australia www.ecotourism.org.au• Best submission they has received to date
MARKETING• No advertising budget – have to be creative• News & Magazines Articles• Television• Blogs & Forums• Media Releases• http://www.hiddenvalleycabins.com.au/MediaPage.htm
OTHER SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES Solar Buildings. Built to Power: blend with the natural Carbon Audit Australia’s environment Nature 1st solar based powered Water ConservationExotic Plant activities resort removal Power Conservation. Replacing light bulbs with energy saving compactNative Plants ENVIRONMENT fluorescents. Waste ManagementAccreditations & Recycling. All Committees aluminum cans are Walking recycled Tracks Education
EDUCATION• Built an interpretive Centre• Developed renewable energy workshops in conjunction with Tourism Queensland• During check-in, guests are informed about power conservation and our renewable energy system.• Guests presented with a “Certificate of Sustainability” during check-out• Information in the compendiums about our sustainability initiatives
CHANGE• Tourism as an industry has the chance to lead
SMALL ACTIONS• Hidden Valley Cabins is just a small family run business. We do not have huge amounts of money• THE HARDER I WORK THE LUCKIER I GET
THANK YOUFor more information, please visitwww.hiddenvalleycabins.com.au www.tq.com.au/sustainability