Chris and Janette, the owners, have ensured the foreshore cabin development has not adversely impacted on the fragile, sensitive coastal dune environment, yet still provides a positive experience, close to nature, for their guests.
Negative impacts have been minimised by:
- Providing environmentally sensitive designs in empathy with the site.
- Limiting disturbance to areas to be occupied by construction only.
- Replacing all topsoil, grass and vegetation to prevent degradation of the fragile ecology and to protect the excavated dune area from erosion. Conserving soil moisture by the use of seaweed and other mulches.
- Retaining all native vegetation, plus additional planting of trees and shrubs to create further screening and camouflage the site.
- Ensuring that external colours of the cabins complement the foliage.
- Leaving the site clean and tidy and all timber off-cuts, rubbish and surplus building materials removed, to minimised pollution.
- Placing all services to the cabins underground to prevent unsightly poles.
- For energy conservation, commercial gas is used for instantaneous hot water, heating and cooking.
- Rainwater is collected and delivered by electric pump to each cabin.
- Plugs are fitted to all basins and dual flush toilets have been installed.
- Floor and wall venting provide flow-through ventilation into the ecocabins.
- Fibreglass 'Helio' solar blinds absorb excessive heat during the daytime.
- An efficient waste management system involves the recycling of all bottles and composting of vegetable matter.
- Natural, non-animal fat, eco-toiletries are provided.
- Cleaning materials and multiple-use toiletries are purchased in bulk.
- Only bleach-free, non-toxic, biodegradable detergents are used.
- External lighting is operated by movement sensors to minimise electricity use.
- Over the past 30 years, vegetated areas and wildlife corridors on the property have been created to encourage biodiversity, with some works completed with the assistance of Landcare Grants and unemployed workers.
- In 1999 provision of Natural Heritage Trust funding enabled the excavation of a wetland habitat for the rare striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peronii), due to the falling water table of the onsite lagoon. West Inlet farm is one of the few places in Tasmania where the frog can still be found.
- Fencing of the dry sclerophyll forests from the farm pastures, using wallaby fencing, has been recently undertaken with a Greening Australia Grant.
- These actions have been undertaken to reduce degradation from humans and stock on the environment’s fragile ecology and to protect the health, bio diversity and productivity of the land for future generations.