News: Oz Parks Park Directory 2009 out now
Lane Cove River Tourist Park's Green Park mark explained
Oz Parks has released
park directory for 2009. Thirty eight Oz Parks member parks are listed with their GPS co-ordinates, contact details, facilities - including dump points and internet, local attractions, star rating and pet-friendly and Green Park status.
The glove box-sized Oz Parks directory is free, and is available
from each of the
38 Oz Parks member parks.
The Green Park stamp was created by Oz Parks’ Lane Cove River Tourist Park (located in North Ryde, NSW), the sole Australian finalist for the International Tourism for Tomorrow Awards,
which will be held in Brazil.
Keith Butler of Lane Cove River Tourist Park explains what the Green Park initiative is all about.
EASY BEING GREEN
Essentially, Green Park is a free programme which recognises parks that recycle waste, plant trees, install water and energy efficient fittings and engage with local communities to improve the environment. Keith says that any park is eligible to join.
"The big advantage is that (to join the programme) it is no cost to them. Our objective has been to instigate change with just a little bit of effort. All the parks have to do (to qualify) is to send though evidence of the changes that bring them up to the standard."
According to Keith, Lane Cove River Tourist Park acts as a testing ground for the Green Park mark. The programme expands its criteria as the park finds ways to implement environmental initiatives at a low cost. Two trials at Lane Cover River Tourist Park expected to further the Green Park programme are underway.
MEETING THE BOTTOM LINE
Currently, Lane Cove is trialling a water recycling unit called the Nano-particulate Membrane Bio Reactor. Developed in conjunction with Watershed West and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the low-cost system uses multiple tanks to purify the water.
"The waste sits for a period of time and filtered through tanks that are stored underground," says Keith.
According to Keith, the unit is a world first, as it recycles waste water using less chemicals in a smaller space, and attracts fewer costs associated with pumping and aeration, when compared to conventional water purifying systems.
"It actually turns the grey water from the showers to very high quality water. We are not allowed to use it as drinking water, but the quality is cleaner than tap water," Keith says.
The park, which
already relies heavily on solar power,
is looking at ways to minimise start up costs associated with solar energy harnessing systems.
"Lane Cove is in the middle of rolling out a large solar station, as part of a trial with Earth Utility (earthutility.com)," explains Keith.
The station, he says,
will produce between 60 to 65kW per day, effectively running everything in 12 of their 28 cabins.
"(Earth Utility's purchasing model) is a bit like renting," Keith explains. "It reduces the high start up costs associated with installing solar."
According to Keith, if the trials show that environmental gain can be achieved at minimal costs,
energy and water recycling will form part of the Green Park award.
To join the Green Park initiative, contact Keith Butler (02) 9888 9133. For more information on Lane Cove River Tourist Park, visit the
Lane Cover River Tourist Park website.