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February 21, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, Australia’s luxury conservation-based resort, is once again supporting the nation’s largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day.

The resort is inviting the local community and visitors to the region to join its staff in tidying up the surrounding Lithgow region on Sunday 2 March 2014.

Clean Up Australia - Emirates Wolgan ValleyOn average, every Australian sends over 690 kilograms of waste to landfill each year – enough to cover the state of Victoria. Even more alarming is the fact that much of this waste ends up in waterways, in bushland, on beaches and in oceans.

Clean Up Australia Day aims to provide practical solutions that help communities clean up and conserve the environment. Formed by Ian Kiernan and Kim McKay in 1990, the inaugural event attracted almost 300,000 volunteers. In 2014, it is estimated that over 595,000 Australians will take part in Clean Up Australia Day across hundreds of sites nationwide.

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is calling on volunteers to help support this important environmental event. Starting from Angus Place Colliery at Lidsdale and finishing at the resort, the clean-up will cover almost 23 kilometres of local road taking in some incredible scenery along the way including the Wolgan Valley and Donkey Mountain.

“Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa was built on the philosophy of complete integration with its environment. We were the first carbon-neutral resort in the world, and have maintained our carbon-neutral status each year. We have committed to long-term sustainability through ecologically sustainable design principles and by supporting wide-ranging conservation practices which focus on protecting endangered native species,” said Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.

“Clean Up Australia Day aligns perfectly with our philosophy of protecting the environment and we are proud to support this event each year. We are also fortunate to have Ian Kiernan as a close friend of Wolgan who was responsible for meticulously restoring the 1832 Heritage Homestead that we have on the property back to its original state,” concluded Joost Heymeijer.

Emirates Wolgan Valley Clean Up Australia Day event details

Volunteers who would like to join the resort’s Clean Up Australia Day 2014 activities are requested to assemble at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa gatehouse for a 9:00am start on Sunday 2 March 2014 where they will be transferred to Lidsdale. All equipment will be provided, and volunteers will be treated to morning tea prepared by the resort’s Country Kitchen, as well as lunch at the resort’s staff quarters to celebrate everyone’s hard work.

To volunteer, register at or contact Kristie Kearney, Field Guide, on 02 6350 1876 or

Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is just two and a half hours’ drive from Sydney in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Nestled between two national parks and set on 4,000 acres of carbon-neutral conservation and wildlife reserve, the resort combines absolute luxury with an equally strong focus on sustainability. The resort  has received many accolades for its conservation and sustainability work including the internationally acclaimed Travel + Leisure 2013 Global Vision Award in the category of Sustainability, and the World Saver Award by Condé Nast Traveller in both 2012 and 2011.

For further information about Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa please call the reservations team on +61 2 9290 9733 or visit or

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