Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures operates under an Environmental Management Plan.
We are required to monitor stormwater management, ground water usage, water quality, waste management and site contamination.
The tourism facilities rely on rainwater and water drawn from Hartley’s Creek as there is no town water supply.
The buildings are designed to collect rainwater and divert it to storage tanks.
The facilities feature waterless urinals, dual flush toilets and spring-loaded taps to reduce water usage.
Insulated roof and wall panels reduce the reliance on air-conditioning. Exaggerated eaves reduce exposure to walls and windows from sunlight.
A 295 panel solar photovoltaic system capable of producing 99Kw of electricity.
The open design of Lilies Restaurant and Gondwana Grill allows for natural ventilation and lighting.
Low voltage LED lighting is used throughout.
The waste from the public toilets and restaurant is treated onsite, which is re-used for irrigation or supplementing water features.
Limited chemical usage.
Water recovered from the crocodile farming operations are treated in man-made wetlands. Our wetlands are aerated and planted with native water weeds to filter and reduce the nutritional load.
During construction, topsoil from the numerous building sites was removed and stock piled and later used in revegetation, reducing the risk of contamination from exotic weeds in imported soils.
Organic fertilisers are used to promote microbiological growth.
The landscaped areas are thickly covered with mulch to reduce water consumption and weed growth.
Unwanted vegetative material is stockpiled, mulched and returned to the gardens.
Over 7,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted on site. Many of the seedlings were raised from native plants found locally.
Hartley’s Lagoon is a man-made water feature, which is home to an abundance of wildlife including water birds, reptiles and aquatic species.
In partnership with Wet Tropics Management Authority, an environmental covenant protects 3.15 hectare of rare Notophyll Vine Forest, currently under restoration. We offer a tree planting program for student and special interest groups to support this conservation initiative.
Cardboard from packing boxes are collected for commercial recycling.
Plastic and glass bottles are collected daily for commercial recycling.
Treated waste water is used for irrigation or replenishing water features.
Cooking oil from the restaurant fryers is collected, filtered and reused as biofuel.
Our 29-hectare property is protected from bush fire by a mowed firebreak and onsite fire-fighting equipment.
Controlled ‘cool’ burning reducing potential carbon emissions from wild fire.