Sustainability at Seaside 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
Seaside is proudly located on Worimi Country.
We recognise the Worimi connection to the land, sea, and community; and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Seaside 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
We are committed to promoting local Worimi experiences to our guests, and have plans to commission a local Worimi artist to create artwork for our resort that shares stories specific to the Worimi Peoples of Fingal Bay and Port Stephens.
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.
Water SaversOur 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.
We are driving towards using as many eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning products as possible. All our apartments will be stocked with Envirolux kitchen and laundry products.
We use safe-for-staff and guests Enviro Air-freshener when making up rooms.
We have reduced pesticide use through-out the resort grounds, replacing with natural alternatives.
All resort lights have been converted to LED.
Apartment air-conditioners require a tag and can only be used when guests are in the apartment.
Solar energy systems and hot water pumps are being installed in 2023 to reduce our reliance on the grid.
Apartments are self-serviced so reduce the environmental impact of daily washing and cleaning.
Employment & Procurement
Seaside 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.
Wherever possible, we source office products locally to lower our carbon footprint and support local businesses.
We recycle (including our e-waste) and reuse where possible to avoid waste.
We try to maintain a paperless office using cloud based storage systems and we use Aspire Carbon neutral copy paper, which is PEFC certified.
Electric Vehicle Charging
Seaside has installed a Charge N Go Australia Electric Vehicle Charging Station on our resort grounds that is open to both guests and the public.
We have a single charge point located at our main entrance, with two off street parking bays for your convenience.
What we are working on now
Sustainable Bathroom Products
We are currently researching new environmentally friendly bathroom products that are paper wrapped or come in bottles made from recycled plastics.
Riverside and Haven are initially trialling two differently packaged bathroom products from the Herbology range, and we aim to implement the best new product line in the near future - stay tuned!
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.
Installation of Solar
All three of our Club Holiday Resorts; Riverside Urunga, Seaside Fingal Bay, and Haven Sussex Inlet are currently in the process of installing new renewable solar energy systems.
Seaside Holiday Resort has installed a 64.74kw system with the expected result to be a dramatic reduction of our electricity consumption that comes from the grid required to power our office and our 60 two & three-bedroom apartments.
Upgrade of Hot Water Systems
Club Holiday Resorts have signed contracts to upgrade hot water systems across all three holiday resorts.
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 that solar hot water places on roof tops.
Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard
Seaside has been successful in entering The Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard, an initiative to measure and assess our business performance, make informed decisions, and take steps to enhance and promote our sustainable practices.
This initiative is fully funded by Destination NSW, in partnership with Ecotourism Australia, and we aim to complete this early 2024.
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