Protecting the environment

Over time, Illawong Lodge has been modified to reduce its impact on the environment. Some of the changes include:

  • solar panels and batteries meet the modest electrical requirements (lighting only) reducing the need for liquid fuel to run a generator to a negligible amount;
  • double glazed windows provide thermal insulation;
  • an efficient gas hot water system has replaced the old kerosene water heater;
  • the effluent management system has been significantly upgraded; and
  • all “wastes” are separated and carried out, with most being recycled.
  • Illawong Ski Tourers is a member of Greenfleet where members' use of carbon in travelling down to and staying at Illawong is offset by contributions to Greenfleet.
  • the building has been insulated and,
  • although outside the resorts precinct, Illawong Ski Tourers is an enthusiastic participant in the Perisher Range Environmental Management System (PREMS). A valuable tool for monitoring and reporting on environmental aspects of running the lodge, and also valuable in identifying opportunities for improvement.
  • Members take considerable pride in the fact that all materials and supplies are carried in by hand.
Solar panels on the roof provide power for lights at Illawong. Photo: R. Baker 2006
Pygmy possum investigating Illawong's winter supplies. Photo: R. Pallin 2006.
Solar panels on the roof provide power for lights at Illawong. Photo: R. Baker 2006
Pygmy possum investigating Illawong's winter supplies. Photo: R. Pallin 2006.

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