Posted by: Colin Battersby | April 10, 2010

Caring for Straddie brought back


Caring for Straddie brought back

JENNA DAROCZY29 Mar, 2010 04:48 PM

THE ‘Caring for Straddie’ eco-campaign will be revitalised by a “sustainability cluster” formed on the island to develop sustainable tourism options in the face of climate change.Straddie is one of five locations around Queensland chosen to be part of Tourism Queensland’s pilot Sustainable Regions program, which also includes Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island, Pioneer Valley/Cape Hillsborough and Winton.The Caring for Straddie campaign will work with Redland City Council’s tourism department, Tourism Queensland and Brisbane Marketing in the development of a 2010 strategic tourism plan for the Redlands.

In developing an environmentally friendly tourism design, the project aims to deliver a ‘guilt-free’ destination and to raise awareness of the social and cultural significance of the island, according to the report presented to the council this month.

Redland City councillor for North Stradbroke Island Craig Ogilvie welcomed the report as “furthering our understanding of tourism”.”There are many ways to measure sustainability, but this report recognises that for many tourism operators on Straddie, the environment is the product,” Cr Ogilvie said.”I think the future is bright for tourism on the island, and it has to be, because mining is set to decrease and what we, as a council, have been doing with the community management model for the campgrounds will be very important for building on that.

“We probably need an overall economic strategy for the island, all told, and this report shows a number of the factors that will be important in that.”By the end of this month, the cluster aims to start a community garden, investigate the option of bio-diesel and start a commercial recycling scheme, which would expand to a commercial organic waste composting program in coming years and be based on the community compost program currently being developed. It will also seek to sign up local businesses to become more environmentally friendly

via Caring for Straddie brought back – Local News – News – General – Bayside Bulletin / The Redland Times.

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