carbon neutral objectives
Starry Nights is able to go off grid and produces its own:
- Electricity from solar cells (which also feeds back to the grid)
- On site wastewater treatment and
- much of their own food comes from their food gardens
The owners of Starry Nights have at their own expense established a Vegetation Protection Covenant with the Queensland Land Registry over 1/3 of their property. A vegetation covenant is a perpetual legally binding document that does not allow the current owners or any future owners to clear or develop that land. They have done this to establish a fauna corridor to connect Petrie Creek to the Triuna National Park.
Starry Nights Luxury Camping is a genuine sustainable eco-accommodation property, minimizing daily-emissions and close to a zero-carbon footprint. Their sustainable approach also includes the following initiatives:
- Over 4000 plants have been planted on the property over the last 2 years
- They’ve incorporated all the design elements from a building biologist who has studied the tents and property.
- Natural ventilation is used and ceiling fans
- Toilets are dual flush.
- Hot water heated on demand only, by gas
- Low energy use LED bulbs
- Revegetation of areas affected by the development.
- No fencing (except around the chooks) to maintain the wildlife corridor.
- Driven piles and shallow foundations only – all buildings are built off the ground
- Continuous removal of exotic species
- Recycling programs and using recycled paper and natural products where possible.
- No town water and no chlorine or fluoride
- Biodegradable cleaning agents are used.
- No intentional feeding of wildlife.
- Minimized emissions through use of renewable electricity (solar electricity is produced on-site)
- Practicing reuse, recycle, reduce and recover programs
- Decreasing transport emissions through bulk buying
- Decreasing water use, low-flow fittings, low-water toilets
- Decreasing noise and environmental pollution, restricting cars to entry car park
- Low to no chemical pollution, use of biodegradable toiletries and organic cleaning agents;
- Composting organic waste in established worm farm
- Using only native plants for re-vegetation work, with local species preferred
- Establishing local native plants in all revegetation
- Member of Land for Wildlife
- Environmental practices including on-site waste-water treatment
- Conservation also extends to the progressive restoration and rehabilitation of the rainforest that extends over much of the property