A southern Great Barrier Reef tour and transport business has joined the list of central Queensland tourism operators to have their commitment to ecologically sustainable tourism recognised.
Freedom Fast Cats, which operates services to Great Keppel Island, has been certified by Ecotourism Australia through its Eco Certification program for its focus on nature and its preservation.
Certified products are considered to have a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices and provide high-quality nature-based tourism experiences.
Operating 364 days a year, Freedom Fast Cats joins the list of Eco Certified operators in central Queensland, including Capricorn Caves, Pumpkin Island, Keppel Dive and Coral Inn Boutique Hotel.
Freedom Fast Cats Manager and Master Reef Guide Max Allen Jnr was proud to see his team’s efforts recognised.
“Our crew are all local to the area and passionate about reef preservation, incorporating a great deal of education during our tours that foster environmental and cultural understanding, together with an appreciation of the underwater world and the wonderful creatures that reside there,” Mr Allen said.
“We are always looking for ways to improve our footprint in any way, ensuring that our operations and guests leave the reef as it was when we arrived.”
Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll congratulated Freedom Fast Cats for achieving the prestigious accreditation and meeting the criteria to obtain certification.
“We all have a responsibility to take care of our local environment with five of our operators now providing leadership on sustainability, adaption and education,” Ms Carroll said.
“With ‘conscious consumerism’ on the rise, our clean and green destination is quickly gaining momentum.”
Ecotourism Australia is a not-for-profit organisation representing more than 500 environmentally responsible operators and 1600 products.