Environmental Management Policy
Walking Country was founded by Don Wait in 2008 and was a natural progression after establishing sister company Wayoutback Australian Safaris and having the Larapinta Trail right on his doorstep.
Both businesses are founded upon a love of Central Australia and that unique feeling of solitude and timelessness one gets with its raw and abundant nature and the world’s oldest culture.
From its humble beginnings, the business has been committed to authentic tours that are culturally and environmentally sustainable so as to ensure that our wonderful Red Centre experiences will exist for future generations of family, friends and visitors to enjoy.
The following are a number of initiatives we are taking and monitoring in order to make this the case.
We will continue to:
- Measure our environmental impact and introduce and implement further operational improvements assisting in further reducing our Carbon Foot Print, and substantiating our declaration of being Carbon Neutral
- Maximise energy efficiency whilst minimizing emissions.
- Meet the certification criteria of the NEAP and Respect our Culture programs as defined by Ecotourism Australia
- Upgrade our environmental “best practice” standards within our business and work to communicate our efforts and performance to staff, business associates and guests.
- Enhance our position by continuously educating guests and assisting them to understand and appreciate our diverse natural environment.
- Continuously improve awareness, education and implementation of new initiatives within all company departments.
- Commit to compliance with all relevant Environmental Legislation.
- Consult with Landowners and Managers and comply with agreed directions in regards to impact and conservation upon “soft use” areas. Directions are conveyed to staff, clients and associates accordingly.
- Support local suppliers, purchasing produce and accessories in bulk at every opportunity to minimize our waste packaging and collection impact.
- Support Local Government Re-Cycling programs and to continue to be a vocal advocate to Government seeking expansion of re-cycling programs.
- Utilise bio-degradable, low nutrient and chlorine free detergents and cleaning products
- Advocate wherever possible the employment of local skilled and un-skilled staff
- Advocate the training of Aboriginal Guides and support of Aboriginal Tourism Product.
- Foster and actively educate staff and visitors to our “quiet environment” ethos at our remote campsites and “wild” camping locations.
- Promote staff friendly Work Place Agreements, reducing business activity through the heat of the day, thereby reducing our water use commitments.
- Actively encourage walking, cycling or car sharing travel to and from the business.
- Actively investigate and replace environmentally friendly office equipment and supplies when appropriate.