Sustainability at Haven Holiday Resort
Learn about our dedication to sustainability, and what steps we are taking to offer eco-friendly accommodation and a more sustainable holiday destination
Haven is proudly located on the land of the Dhurga Peoples in Yuin Country.
We recognise the Dhurga connection to the land, sea, and community; and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Haven is proud to be a Quality, and Sustainable Tourism Accredited Business
What is sustainability?
Sustainability is when you are meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
At Club Holiday Resorts we are passionate about sustainability, community and culture, and prioritise people, places and our planet.
Our mission is to provide value to our members, guests and local communities, and create an inclusive environment where everyone can enjoy life and create memories regardless of their abilities, and our vision is to make a positive difference to the quality of people’s lives which includes the communities where our resorts are located on the lands of the Gumbaynggirr, Worimi and Dhurga Peoples.
At Club Holiday Resorts, we have created a range of Policies & Procedures that foster inclusion. We employ locals and support local businesses wherever possible, we aim to minimise our carbon footprint and reduce waste, and we recognise the Gumbaynggirr, Worimi and Dhurga custodians of the lands, and their connections with nature, we promote nature based and First Nation's experiences so that our guests can enjoy a connection with the local land whilst visiting one of our resorts, and learn why it is so important to tread lightly and leave only footprints.
Our Sustainability Initiatives
Water SaversRainwater is collected tanks and is used to top up the resort's swimming pool and water the gardens.
Our apartments have A4-signs with water saving tips in bathrooms, and during drought/dry-season, buckets are provided for guests to water the gardens surrounding their apartment with their shower water.
Recycling bins and information are provided under the kitchen sink in each apartment for our guests to recycle their paper, cardboard, glass and hard plastics.
When guests vacate the resort at check out, we ask that they place their recycling in the large recycling bins provided at the resort entrance and towards the rear of the resort.
We offer separate bins for bottles and cans to be recycled at our nearest Return and Earn station.
Non-Toxic ProductsAll cleaning products used are eco-friendly and GECA Certified biodegradable.
All our apartments are stocked with Earth Choice products.
All resorts lights have been converted to LED.
Apartment air-conditioners require a key and can only be used when guests are in the apartment.
Solar electricity and heat pump hot water saves on our power usage and costs.
Apartments are self-serviced so reduce environmental impact of daily washing and cleaning.
Installation of Solar
All three of our Club Holiday Resorts; Riverside Urunga, Seaside Fingal Bay, and Haven Sussex Inlet are currently installing new renewable solar energy systems.
Haven Holiday Resort have installed a 64.74kw system in July 2023, with the expected result to be a dramatic reduction of our electricity consumption that comes from the grid required to power our two & three-bedroom apartments & villas.
Sustainable Bathroom Products
We use environmentally friendly bathroom products that come in bottles made from recycled plastics.
At Haven we are using the Herbology refillable range for our handwash, body wash, shampoo and conditioner.
We are committed to promoting local Dhurga experiences to our guests, and have future plans to incorporate local Dhurga language and stories into our resort via signage and art from local Dhurga artists which we aim to install over the next few years.
Our Club Holiday Resorts have an Aboriginal Employment Policy in place and strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders to apply for any advertised positions.
Employment & Procurement
Haven employs locals to support our local and surrounding communities.
It is important to us that where possible, we source products and services for our resort from local businesses and workers to support our community and its local economy, as well as lowering our carbon footprint.
Artwork displayed in our accommodation has been created by a local Sussex Inlet artist.
Heat Pump Hot Water
Club Holiday Resorts in 2023 upgraded hot water systems at all three holiday resorts, with Haven changing from electric hot water to heat pump in August 2023.
The Emerald Energy heat pump hot water systems are a part of the NSW Energy Saving Scheme and claim to reduce energy consumption by up to 70% as well as reducing CO2 emissions without the structural load of solar hot water systems.
What we are working on now
We will be changing over our apartment coffee machines with Mini Ess ones that take Biocap biodegradable coffee pods made from sugar cane and sugar beet that decompose in 12 weeks, replacing the currently used plastic pods supplied in our apartments.
We will begin rolling out our coffee machines and pods from June 2023. However, this process make take some time so that we are not wasting our existing machines.
Electric Vehicle Charging
Seaside Holiday Resort in Fingal Bay has already installed an EVC on their resort grounds, with the aim of installing a station at Haven with the future roll outs of the NSW Government Electric Vehicle Charging for tourism schemes.
Earth Check - Sustainability Training
Club Holiday Resorts Marketing team completed sustainability training as a part of the 'Destination NSW Sustainability Skills Micro Credentials' program. This program has given us greater insight into how our Club Holiday Resorts can become truly sustainable tourism operators, and what we can do to further reduce our footprints now and into the future.
We have now begun rolling out this training for staff across all three of our holiday resorts and Club Holiday Resorts' Federation management. We have also begun the process of putting together a Green Team with representatives from each of our resorts and a detailed Sustainable Management System to operate alongside our Operations Management System, ensuring we have guidelines and processes in place to manage, evaluate, and improve our sustainability at our holiday resorts, and ensure our success in reaching our sustainability goals.
“A vibrant, fair, and regenerative future is possible — not when thousands of people do climate justice activism perfectly but when millions of people do the best they can.”
Co-founder of Re-Earth Initiative