Taking our environmental responsibilities seriously
Australia possesses a diverse array of environments, some of the most delicate on the planet. More so than many other tourist destinations our National Parks, in which we operate many Safaris are very fragile environments and in order to preserve our own future we need to ensure all our activities are sustainable and representative of all facets of the region including indigenous culture.
Wayoutback Australian Safaris operates the only Level IV Advanced Eco-Certified Safaris from its base in Alice Springs. It is the highest acknowledgement for environmental understanding, operational practices and cultural representation as defined by Eco Tourism Australia
Wayoutback Desert Safaris has been owned and operated by Don Wait since 1999. Founded upon a love of Central Australia and that unique feeling of solitude and timelessness with its raw and abundant nature and the world’s oldest culture, drove Don to develop what is the only 4x4 Tourism Business based in Alice springs exclusively promoting the Central Australian Region.
From its humble beginnings, the business has been committed to authentic safaris 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 Footprint.
- Maximise energy efficiency whilst minimizing emissions.
- Meet the certification criteria of the NEAP and Respect our Culture programs as defined by Eco Tourism 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. Ensure these directions are communicated to staff and guests accordingly.
- Support local suppliers, purchasing produce and accessories in bulk at every opportunity to minimize our waste packaging and collection impact.
- Support local government recycling programs and continue to be a vocal advocate to government seeking expansion of recycling programs.
- Utilise bio-degradable, low nutrient and chlorine free detergents and cleaning products.
- Advocate wherever possible the employment of local skilled and unskilled staff.
- Advocate for 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 workplace agreements, reducing business activity through the heat of the day, thereby reducing our water use commitments.
- Actively encourage walking, cycling or car pooling to and from our places of operation.
- Actively investigate and replace environmentally friendly office equipment and supplies as required.