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Introducing
Northern NSW Ecotourism Association Inc.
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northern nsw - south eastern qld
PATRON - Bruce Chick - O.A., Sage

What is NNETA?
NNETA is the regional ecotourism body of
the Northern New South Wales region.

NNETA Mission Statement
NNETA encourages tourism operators to be committed to best practice ecological sustainability and set an example as quality ecotourism operators. Through NNETA tourism operators, visitors and the local community are also encouraged to be sensitive catalysts to monitor and improve natural bio-diversity and “sense of place” whilst involved in sustainable nature based tourism.
Through education, NNETA will provide its members and other stakeholders with support and guidance to ensure the environment of the Northern New South Wales region is protected for future generations.


NNETA’s accepted definition of the term “Ecotourism”
Ecotourism is sustainable nature-based tourism that involves education and interpretation of the natural environment and its cultural components.

Ecotourism Framework:
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The eco-product's operations do not negatively impact on the indigenous community or culturally sensitive areas
* Eco-product buildings are compatible with the natural setting it occupies
* Natural light is utilised during daylight hours
* Eco-product practices water conservation techniques
* Local products and services are utilised and favoured to ensure local economic benefit
* Marketing undertaken by eco-product is responsible and reflects the eco-product and its natural environment and does not lead to misrepresentation
* Waste Minimisation techniques are incorporated as part of staff training including reduced paper usage and utilising e-mail for communication
* No domestic animals are allowed at the eco-product except hearing/ seeing eye dogs
* Native wildlife feeding or harassment by guests is discouraged by eco-product
* All plant, equipment and vehicles are serviced and maintained on a regular basis
* All promotional material given to guests is collected for reuse
* All rubbish and litter encountered is removed from the eco-product as per council requirements and recycling is practiced by eco-product
* Staff are encouraged to purchase supplies with minimal packaging
* External lighting is kept to that necessary for safety, security and orientation
* Energy use is kept to a minimum and a renewable energy supplier is considered
* Usual noise levels from all eco-product activities are not significantly more than background noise and guests are encouraged to be considerate to other guests by keeping noise levels to a minimum
* Eco-product operations are done with minimal air pollution eg no chlorofluorocarbons, solvents, and hydrocarbon emissions.
* Vegetation is used to screen accommodation and facilities to reduce any negative visual impact
* Boats utilising water areas are educated on minimising damage to vegetation, banks and other sensitive environments
* A native wildlife log book is used to monitor wildlife’s’ movement at eco-product site
* Guest surveys are encouraged to ensure authenticity of eco-product and ideas are considered to improve quality of activities offered
* The eco-product has the correct environmental emergency response equipment procured
* Scuba diving and snorkelling activities are done with secured equipment and items are not removed from the water
* Local residents are employed in the operations of the eco-product
* Inspections of the eco-product by local residents are encouraged to give feedback and encourage community involvement
* Indigenous products sold are authentic
* Safe spotlighting techniques are practiced to ensure minimal disturbance to wildlife
* Walking Tours are taken on existing walking tracks with minimal guests and tracks maintenance is carried out on a regular basis
* Camping at natural areas ensures minimal impact and infrastructure provided (ie campfires, public toilets) is utilised by guests
* Monitoring of natural areas used by 4WD or other vehicles and correct signage in place to ensure there are no negative impacts
* Vehicles are washed in wash bays or grassed areas located within the eco-product grounds
* Water restrictions are enforced as per Water Company requests
* Staff are trained to identify environmental risks and are able to respond to emergencies and call relevant authorities
* Eco-product allows guests to spend time in natural surroundings
* Correct information is provided to guests to learn about the natural and cultural significance at the eco-product
* Appropriate fencing, shrubs or barriers are used to restrict pedestrian and vehicular traffic to defined and stabilised areas
* The eco-product has no declared weeds on site, if there are weeds on site initiatives are under way to eradicate them
* Liaison with Land for Wildlife to have order in place for the protection of native fauna on eco-product site
* Engage in volunteer work, inkind support or sponsorship for local conservation/ environmental initiatives
* Landscaping areas of eco-product is done with native plants (preferably indigenous plants)

 


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Office Contact:
For more information contact...
Peter Bentley, NNETA President
E: senseadventures@yahoo.com.au