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Our Philosophy

Achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.

At Northern Escape Collection, we are passionate about reducing our impact on the environment and making a positive one on the community. We believe that turning a profit and supporting these two areas can go hand-in-hand.

Sustainability lies at the core of who we are as a business and we use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as the framework to help focus our efforts with the mission of achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

At Mt Mulligan Lodge we are continuously expanding our efforts to tackle these issues by focusing on the goals where we think we can have the most impact.

Mt Mulligan Lodge’s parent company the Morris Group also supports community projects related to these goals through its Philanthropic foundation the Morris Family Foundation.

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

  • Implementation of a waste minimisation program, including limiting excess packaging, composting and glass crushing
  • Water tanks that allow for the water to be recycled and used for irrigation and watering
  • All organic waste from the kitchen is composted or fed to local livestock
  • We minimise the use of single-use plastics and packaging throughout the property, kitchen, restaurant and rooms

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

  • We are a supporter of the local economy, working with local suppliers for everything from food and beverage to art and activities offered to our guests
  • Our partnership with Ganbina, Australia’s most successful Indigenous school to work transition program, allows us to help Indigenous high school students to finish school, undertake further study or train and secure meaningful employment. Their model is now being applied at Ignatius Park College in Townsville with the support of the Morris Family Foundation.

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

  • Mt Mulligan Lodge donates $50 per guest stay to the Morris Family Foundation Reef Keepers Fund, supporting projects that protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Keepers Fund has funded research and protection initiatives run by James Cook University, World Wildlife Fund and the Australian Marine Conservation Society
  • The removal of single use in-room personal products to reduce excess plastic waste. We are constantly on the lookout to reduce this further. One way we have recently put this into action is through the introduction of washable slippers, made from 100% recyclable materials
  • Mt Mulligan Lodge supports the anti-straw movement to help clean up our oceans. Paper straws are available upon request
  • Supporting the Australian Marine Conservation Society in their ‘Good Fish Project’, that promotes sustainable consumption of Australian seafood

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

  • Working with local suppliers in the Far North Queensland region to source local, organic, free range, fair trade, biodynamic and sustainably farmed produce and products
  • We adopt a nose-to-tail philosophy in our kitchen. This involves buying whole animals, practicing butchery in-house and using all off-cuts to minimise food waste
  • Our support of ‘Farmers For Climate Action’ reduces communication barriers between farmers, political parties and the media that assists farmers in voicing their climate change concerns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

  • The lodge is primarily powered by solar energy and batteries
  • The Northern Escape Collection has partnered with Greenfleet to offset the carbon emissions of guests’ helicopter flights to Mt Mulligan Lodge. Our native forests take carbon from the atmosphere to restore and protect our climate, but they also do much more. Greenfleet utilises offset donations to plant a variety of native trees in permanent forests across Australia and New Zealand that help to reduce salinity and soil erosion, provide essential habitat for native wildlife and offer much needed resilience in our precious landscape.