The resort drives change with Qld-first green initiative

A boutique backpacker resort is setting the standard for sustainable practices, with a first initiative in Queensland.

Bounce Noosa has launched the state’s first electric minibus, as part of its shuttle service for customers.

Guests will be able to explore the sights of the Noosa area, which is a designated biosphere reserve, with zero tailpipe emissions thanks to the Joylong E6, the first of its generation to hit the streets of Queensland.

Bounce Noosa manager Mark Baldwin said they are dedicated to protecting the environment.

“We started researching this particular electric vehicle over 18 months ago, before it was even available in Australia, but it is here now and we are delighted to provide shuttle services to our customers,” said he declared.

The Joylong E6.

“As a local owner-operator with a young team primarily serving the youth market, commitment to sustainable practices is crucial.

“We live and breathe, so much so that we are always looking for what else we can do to improve ourselves in this space.

“We are very fortunate to have our Managing Director, Kerry Anderson, championing our sustainable journey.

“With a genuine passion for sustainable litter-free living, Kerry accepts nothing less than the sustainable best practices that are so valuable to our brand.”

Bus sales and service provider Bus Stop delivered the vehicle to Bounce Noosa.

Company director Peter White was delighted to be involved.

“We are delighted to have been able to deliver Queensland’s first electric minibus to the team at Bounce Noosa,” he said.

Within a four-hour window, the van’s 86.1 kWh liquid-cooled battery can be charged to full capacity internally, providing 300 km of emission-free travel for up to 12 guests at once.

Bounce Noosa is located by the River Noosa and only 3km from Hastings Street and the main beach.

Featuring a 37.26 kW solar system exported to the grid, Bounce Noosa has an estimated annual production of 59.967 MWh.

The shuttle service was expected to provide a clean and sustainable travel option for around 30,000 travelers a year, reducing carbon emissions by around 16.7 tonnes a year, while helping to ease traffic congestion around Noosa.

Zero Emissions Noosa Inc President Anne Kennedy said the minibus would make a significant difference.

“Congratulations to Bounce Noosa on the introduction of its emission-free shuttle service,” she said.

“This is a big step forward in helping to reduce the 33% of emissions in the Noosa region that come from transport.

“It’s a great example of how local tourism businesses are doing their part to reduce emissions and help achieve Noosa Region’s goal of net zero greenhouse gases by 2026.”

A slice of luxury at the resort.

Bounce Noosa is an award-winning resort that offers a unique combination of luxury hotel suites and upscale shared rooms perfectly suited to groups, couples and solo travellers.

Located one block from the foreshore of the Noosa River, the purpose built property was designed and built with the natural environment and energy efficiency in mind.

With a cross-ventilation orientation, the beach club-style resort uses the natural environment to minimize the energy needed for year-round heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.

Bounce Noosa continues to achieve Plastic Free Noosa Champion status for the lodging category with a number of environmentally focused initiatives implemented as standard operating procedure since opening its doors in 2021.

From paperless operations, refillable glass milk bottles, guest waste sorting and recycling facilities to an on-site mini orchard available for guests looking for fresh local fruit and ingredients to use in the bar and cooking, sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics are just some of the eco-friendly initiatives in place at Bounce Noosa.

Tourism Noosa’s Head of Tourism Sustainability and Program Design, Juanita Terry-Bloomfield, praised the commitment of staff.

“The extensive and sustained efforts of Mark and his team are commendable, especially the removal of 66,000 single-use amenity bottles and wrappers from circulation through Bounce Noosa’s refillable amenity strategy. It’s only in the first 10 months of operation,” she said.

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