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Tropicana Guided Adventure Company

Eco/Environmental

Tropicana is committed to the safe keeping and education of this Island paradise and as such have an environmental policy written into its Operation Manual.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • Tropicana Guided Adventure Company adopts the following practices to minimise impact on the environment.

  • Vehicles remain on made roads and tracks and are not permitted "off road".

  • Vehicles must not drive on un-gazetted beaches (to avoid turtle nests) and are not permitted below the high tide mark where tracks meet beaches.

  • Tropicana Guided Adventure Company adopts the following practices to minimise impact on the environment.

  • All walking is on walking tracks

  • All waste generated on tours is removed and sorted for rubbish bins or recycling bins.

  • Any waste or litter found on the island is picked up and removed from the particular site.

  • Guides stop on the West Point Road and Radical Bay Road to collect roadside rubbish.

  • Disposable plates and cups are avoided wherever possible. Biodegradable detergents are used. Items are removed for washing at full kitchens. No plates or other implements are washed or even rinsed on tour.

  • Guests are educated on environmental matters throughout the tour.

  • Tropicana strives to employ staff with environmental degrees or marine qualifications.

  • Tropicana has a qualified Marine Biologist on staff to give high quality environmental teaching practices to staff and practical environmental teachings to customers.

  • Tropicana has obtained a hard to get Permit from GBRMPA for unique access to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/

  • Tropicana subscribes to and is a supporter of Eco Tourism Australia. http://www.ecotourism.org.au/index.asp

  • Tropicana supports all Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) activities and has permit approval to take customers to Arthur, Florence Bay, The Forts and other permit applicable areas not available to most other operators. http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/park/index.cgi?parkid=181

  • Tropicana subscribes to BP Global Choice which is an independently audited and certified Greenhouse Friendly by the Australian Greenhouse Office, BP Global Choice provides visible proof to customers and stakeholders of our company's environmental commitment. http://www.bp.com/subsection.do?categoryId=9008058&contentId=7015405 

     

CODES OF PRACTICE 

  • Tropicana Guided Adventure Company meets the requirements of the Tour Operators Association's Code of Practice: These requirements are to:

  • Uphold a high standard of business ethics, customer service and consumer protection adopting appropriate risk minimisation strategies to protect the interests and welfare of clients at all times.

  • Maintain all licenses, permits and accreditations and authorisations required by law for the operation of such a business. E.g. Driver's Licenses, Driver Authorisations, Operator Accreditation  etc

  • Maintain an appropriate level of Public Liability insurance.Work with local authorities to ensure that Tropicana Guided Adventure Company and other activities are environmentally sustainable and do not damage the natural environment.

  • Work with local authorities to ensure that Tropicana Guided Adventure Company and other activities are environmentally sustainable and do not damage the natural environment.

  • Adopt practices which ensure energy and resource efficiency and minimal impact on the natural environment including responsible waste disposal practices

  • Restrict vehicles to designated roads and trails and wherever possible walk only on hardened walking tracks.

  • Encourage a greater understanding of the natural environment through quality interpretation.

  • In addition to showing commitment to protecting the Island's outdoor recreation and adventure environment, all staff are required to uphold the Code above.

  • Tropicana are dedicated in preserving this Island paradise for our children's, children and way beyond!

 

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