By Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Luxury conservation-based resort Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has invited volunteers to join its staff in the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day, on Sunday.
Local residents and visitors will help resort staff tidy up the surrounding Lithgow region on Sunday, March 2.
On average, every Australian sends more than 690kg of waste to landfill each year – enough to cover the state of Victoria. Even more alarming is the fact that much of this waste ends up in waterways and bushland, on beaches and in oceans.
Clean Up Australia Day aims to provide practical solutions that help communities clean up and conserve the environment.
Formed by Ian Kiernan and Kim McKay in 1990, the inaugural event attracted almost 300,000 volunteers. In 2014, it is estimated that more than 595,000 Australians will take part in Clean Up Australia Day across hundreds of sites nationwide.
Starting from Angus Place Colliery at Lidsdale and finishing at the resort, the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa-led clean-up will cover almost 23km of local road taking in some incredible scenery along the way including the Wolgan Valley and Donkey Mountain.
Resort general manager Joost Heymeijer said: “Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa was built on the philosophy of complete integration with its environment.
“We were the first carbon-neutral resort in the world, and have maintained our carbon-neutral status each year.
“We have committed to long-term sustainability through ecologically sustainable design principles and by supporting wide-ranging conservation practices which focus on protecting endangered native species.
“Clean Up Australia Day aligns perfectly with our philosophy of protecting the environment and we are proud to support this event each year.
“We are also fortunate to have Ian Kiernan as a close friend of Wolgan who was responsible for meticulously restoring the 1832 Heritage Homestead that we have on the property back to its original state.’’
- Volunteers should assemble at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa gatehouse before 9am on Sunday, March 2, where they will be transferred to Lidsdale. All equipment will be provided, and volunteers will be treated to morning tea prepared by the resort’s Country Kitchen as well as lunch at the resort’s staff quarters to celebrate everyone’s hard work.
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is just two and a half hours’ drive from Sydney in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Nestled between two national parks and set on 4000 acres of carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve, the resort combines absolute luxury with an equally strong focus on sustainability. The resort has received many accolades for its conservation and sustainability work including the internationally acclaimed Travel + Leisure 2013 Global Vision Award in the category of Sustainability, and the World Saver Award by Condé Nast Traveller in 2012 and 2011.