At Orpheus Island Lodge, we are passionate about preserving the natural beauty of the Far North Queensland area in which our properties are located.
The Reef Keepers Fund is an environmental fund created by the Morris Group that supports projects and organisations that are committed to protecting the Great Barrier Reef. The fund allows you to indulge with a clear conscience, as $50 per guest stay is donated toward environmental projects aimed at protecting and preserving the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem.
The donations will be granted to different organisations working on projects that protect our reef. If you feel inspired to contribute, you are welcome to match or add your desired amount to your final bill.
Each year the Reef Keepers Fund supports projects that have helped build research, awareness, and education surrounding reef sustainability, and has helped combat issues like climate change, water pollution, crown-of-thorns outbreaks, clearing of forests, and plastic pollution.
Guests will be kept updated on the impact of their contribution to preserving one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
In FY 21/22 the Reef Keepers Fund donated more than $570k to the below projects.
The following projects were supported to help bring awareness to the public about the challenges and solutions:
- Greenpeace – Greenpeace are building a movement of businesses buying 100% Renewable Electricity, building momentum for climate solutions
- The Next Economy – Working with communities in regional Queensland to imagine a future that works for both people and planet
The greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef is climate change. Climate change is driven by human activities such as land clearing for agriculture and the burning of fossil fuels. This financial year we have given to a variety of organisations that are working to mitigate climate change:
- Solar Citizens – to promote the economic and job benefits in Queensland of renewable energy projects
- Climate Council Queensland – changing the conversation in Queensland around climate change
- Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) – Townsville Schools Program empowering youth to lead on climate action
Marine debris comes from both land and sea sources and can travel great distances through currents. The most common marine debris that are impacting the marine environment are plastic bags, plastic bottles and cigarette butts. Runoff from land can have a detrimental impact on the reef leaving coral more vulnerable to bleaching and polluting the water. This can be prevented by reforestation and regenerative agricultural practices:
- Tangaroa Blue – beach clean-ups at and around Orpheus Island and helicopter survey of marine debris on beaches
- Rainforest Rescue – the restoration of old cane farming land to the biodiverse rainforest in the Daintree Rainforest
Funding to coral health and understanding projects:
- James Cook University – funding four Ph.D. scholarships to continue their research at Orpheus Island Research Station