🍃Douglas Shire Council goes CARBON NEUTRAL🍃
DOUGLAS Shire Council will become the country’s newest carbon neutral region, further pushing the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest in front of a growing ecotourism market.
Councillors today resolved to work with Qantas, Tourism Port Douglas Daintree (TPDD) and GreenCollar, under the Healthy Reef Partnership to offset the Council’s carbon footprint through carbon sequestration projects in Queensland.
Council is actively looking at longer-term strategies for local tree planting, land restoration, soil carbon and water quality projects in Douglas Shire.
The partnership is the first of its kind in Australia, unlocking sustainable tourism marketing and branding opportunities for Port Douglas and the Daintree.
An official launch for the three-year partnership will be held in the near future.
Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said the partnership reinforced Douglas Shire’s position as the leading sustainable tropical destination.
“We are so thrilled to partner with Qantas to tackle climate change and promote our beautiful Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest,” she said.
“Everyone knows Douglas Shire has a strong environmental charter, but now we can stand next to one of the country’s most reputable organisations, with our hand on our hearts and say our region is carbon neutral.
“I am confident this project will encourage more environmentally-minded visitors to fly into Cairns, turn right at the Captain Cook Highway and come to our pristine region.”
The partnership will see Council purchase Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) to offset its carbon emissions.
ACCUs are generated by restoring landscapes and offering landowners new income streams for ecosystem restoration projects.
The partnership is part of global best practice approach of calculating, reducing and offsetting emissions.
“If visitors want more authentic and sustainable travel experiences, Douglas Shire is the place to get them,” Mayor Leu said.
“This will place Douglas at the forefront of innovation by meeting the growing demand for ethical holidays.”