Coral Sea Marina - ecoBiz case study

Coral Sea Marina Resort aerial view

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Find out how ecoBiz Star Partner Coral Sea Marina in Airlie Beach reduced their waste. 

The free ecoBiz program has assessed the waste, water and energy practices in hundreds of businesses in Queensland and developed case studies to help businesses improve their operations and save money through sustainability.

Coral Sea Marina (formerly known as Abell Point Marina) is a vibrant marina village with a resort, 520 berths and premium shore-based facilities located a short walk from the tourism town of Airlie Beach.

Coral Sea Marina aims for excellence. As a certified Clean Marina Level III, they are focused on sustainable business operations and protecting the environment in which they live and work. Seeking continuous improvement opportunities, they booked their first ecoBiz coaching session in 2019 and became an ecoBiz Star Partner in recognition of their efforts to minimise waste sent to landfill in 2021.

The ecoBiz program was a great opportunity for us to further assess our energy efficiency and sustainable business practices. Through the coaching sessions, we were able to brainstorm how to reduce our environmental footprint. Being involved in the ecoBiz program will assist us to develop better environmental management practices across all operations and activities within the precinct.” Joscelyn O’Keefe, Marketing, Sales and Service Manager

KEY INITIATIVES TO REDUCE WASTE

During their assessment, ecoBiz noted Coral Sea Marina had many initiatives in place to reduce their waste and tenants’ waste: 

  • They use signage at waste collection points throughout the marina to inform guests about what can (and cannot) be recycled. It increases waste separation and reduces waste contamination. 
  • Aluminium cans, glass, rigid plastics, cardboard, and paper are recycled, with collection points available at both the northern and southern ends of the marina.  
  • They installed three water-refill stations within the marina precinct to encourage guests to use their own refillable water bottles. 
  • Coral Sea Marina have launched the ‘Coral Sea Academy’, an initiative that provides a series of innovative events designed to educate guests, locals, and visitors to the Whitsundays about the environment, the Great Barrier Reef, better boating practices, and sustainability. 

 

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