Adelaide Shores is committed to managing our operations in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner, in line with triple bottom line principles. Our commitment is detailed in our Environmental Sustainability Policy. Key areas of focus include reducing waste, recycling, composting, minimising energy and water usage and using renewable energy sources where possible.
Caring for Our Coast
Adelaide Shores works closely with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) in managing approximately one kilometre of coast which resides within our precinct and includes part of West Beach and the Coast Park.
The sand dunes at West Beach provide an important habitat and protect the coast from storm damage. Indigenous plants are an essential part of this ecosystem. Adelaide Shores is actively working to restore this coastal habitat by controlling exotic weeds such as African Boxthorn and revegetating the area with Indigenous plants. The Coast Park allows the community to enjoy the beauty of the coast without damaging this delicate and critical ecosystem.
Managing erosion is another critical aspect of protecting our coast. Adelaide’s beaches would look vastly different if current sand carting practices weren’t in place. Many people are unaware that there is a natural movement of sand from the south to the north of the coast which is caused by winds and wave patterns.
To keep our beaches accessible all year round, sand carting started in the 1970s. Semi-trailers moved large volumes of sand from Brighton and Kingston Park to Glenelg for the summer months. The sand would then need to be moved back each winter. Sand was also trucked from Semaphore to Semaphore Park, from Torrens River to the West Beach sand dunes and from West Beach to Glenelg North.
Today, semi-trailers still assist with the transport of sand however a transfer pipeline introduced in 2013 now moves at least half of the required volume of sand. Sand pumping is scheduled to occur every year usually in spring at Glenelg and autumn at West Beach.
Since our waste management review in 2010 we have expanded our recycling streams from 3 to 18 to include electronic waste and fluorescent lamps. This has been assisted by organisations such as Zero Waste SA and their Industry Program. Today, Adelaide Shores has a comprehensive waste management system which involves recycling the following materials:
- Glass bottles, paper and cardboard, tins and cans, rigid plastics, etc.
- Light globes
- Liquid waste
- Green waste
- Food organics
- Printer cartridges
- Building rubble
Our recycling programme diverts a significant amount of waste away from landfill. In 2011 Adelaide Shores received a KAB Coca-Cola Community Beverage Container Recycling grant to design and purchase new ‘event bins’ to increase recycling and improve waste management at events on the sporting reserves. Guests and precinct users will observe recycling bins at each bin bay area and are encouraged to dispose of rubbish correctly.
Energy and water consumption
In addition to managing our waste, Adelaide Shores strives to reduce our footprint by minimising energy and water consumption. Recycled water is used to irrigate green spaces, including the Golf Course and Sporting fields. Using recycled water eases demand on mains water sourced from the River Murray and reduces the amount of nutrients going into the sea from the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant and reducing the impact on the delicate marine environment near the treatment plant. Recycled water taps and hoses are lilac/purple in colour. Recycled water is NOT SUITABLE for drinking.
Launched in May 2012, Adelaide Shores worked closely with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) as the location for Australia’s first trial of mini wind turbine technology.
We installed a solar panel system in 2010 and currently purchase Green Power to cover 20% of all our electricity use. In 2011 we conducted a lighting audit to assess the efficiency of current lighting and identify priorities for replacement. New LED strip lighting was purchased for Caravan Park entrance areas and new LED bollard lighting was installed around the Resort. These lights are approximately 80% more efficient than their equivalents. Plans are currently underway to install additional solar panels and LED lights.
Adelaide Shores will be tracking its water, energy, and gas usage each quarter to monitor our performance and identify areas of improvement.
Environmental Achievements and Awards
On 14 November 2014 Adelaide Shores won the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism for the second year in a row.
On 8 November 2013 Adelaide Shores reached a big milestone winning the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism at the SA Tourism Awards! We were so pleased to have our entire precinct recognised as part of a Tourism Award submission.
On 8 April 2013 we won Parks & Leisure Australia’s SA/NT Regional award for Sustainable Initiatives.
In 2012 we entered the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism category of the SA Tourism Awards for the first time. We were proud to receive a Gold Medal (which is awarded to entries achieving scores of 90% or more).
In October 2011 Adelaide Shores became a signatory (commercial user of FlouroCycle. FluoroCycle is a voluntary scheme which aims to reduce the amount of mercury entering the environment from the disposal of lightglobes/tubes. At Adelaide Shores, we recycle all our light globes using an accredited recycler (who is also a FlouroCycle signatory).
In June 2011 Cafe Neptune achieved Green Table Certification as part of the Restaurant and Catering South Australia: Zero Waste SA: Green Table Pilot Project.