Australia’s first drought-proof conference resort (SPECIAL REPORT: AIME 2008)

MELBOURNE – In March 2008, the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick will not only become Victoria’s newest and most luxurious conference resort - it will also become Australia’s first drought-proof, year round, green resort. Situated on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by over one million trees in the Creswick State Forest, the Resort lies amidst precious natural resources which developers are determined to sustain. Hotel GM Philip Johnson says the Forest Resort developers are to be applauded for their design strategy and approach to the area’s environmental sensitivity. “As we all must learn to live with drought in our everyday lives, developers ensured that the Resort would be water self-sufficient by designing and constructing Australia’s first privately owned water treatment plant,” he said. This EPA approved state-of-the-art system treats, polishes and recycles all of the Resort’s grey and black water for residences use. The plant also polishes harvested water from its lagoon catchment and treats all raw sewerage to better than class A standard for irrigation use of the golf course and surrounding landscaped gardens. Johnson concedes that using a water treatment plant to promote a conference facility may seem a little left field. “Whether it’s carbon neutral exhibitions or green conferences, the industry is getting involved more and more in protecting the environment and a regional resort such as ours must be ecologically sustainable to meet their needs”, Johnson said. “Our philosophy of “living lightly on the land” complements the green policies embraced by many organisations and the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick can offer an environmentally responsible resort that not only fulfills all conference requirements, but does so whilst protecting the landscape on which it is built,” he added.

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