Tin Dragon Cottages offers eco-friendly accommodation on the Ringarooma River in North East Tasmania.
Sustainable Tourism Approach
Building with Local Materials
Graham (co-owner and builder) and Christine (co-owner) wanted to use local materials in the construction of their eco-friendly accommodation. So they engaged local timber-man, Malcolm to fell and mill all the timber on site. To minimise damage to the property Malcolm used his bullock team to collect the timber.
Malcolm also harvested decades-old pine trees growing in the paddocks. This fine timber was used by a local cabinet-maker to craft all the doors, double-glazed window frames and kitchen cabinets. Finally, Christine and Graham sourced stone from Mount Victoria for a local stone mason to built their two spa cottages.
Renewable Energy & Waste Reduction
All Tin Dragon Cottage’s power is generated on site using a 4.7kW micro-hydro system, 17.5kW of solar PV and 27kWh battery storage. Hence Tin Dragon Cottages can operate independently of the grid. However, the power system still retains the security of grid-connection as a final back-up.
Less land-Fill Waste
Graham and Christine encourage their guests to recycle and compost their waste. They also provide guests with packaging-free toiletries. Because of these few small changes about 2,700 kg of waste doesn’t go to local land-fill each year. The compost is great for the small vegetable garden, too!
Water Conservation & Recycling
Graham built the cottages and sheds with steep rooves to enable the collection of clean rainwater. Why a steep roof? Ask us next time you visit. An electric pump moves all the water to storage tanks above the cottages. Consequently water is gravity-fed to each cottage.
A three-stage enviro-cycle system treats waste water on site enabling Graham and Christine to to irrigate paddocks below the cottages. As a result all the grey water produced by the cottages is recycled.