SUSTAINABILITY IN BUSINESS
CURRUMBIN RSL GROUP SUSTAINABILITY in Business – Environmental – Social -Financial
The Currumbin RSL Group made sustainability part of its mission statement and since 2009 the Club has made a marked difference to its carbon footprint including reduction in waste, water and energy.
Part of its sustainability focus is sociability where its management and staff support local. This is done through it choice of preferred local suppliers and contractors, working with local businesses and offering a space for local artists to showcase their talents. The Club also provides financial and in-kind support to local groups and charities and supports the local community through its community benefit program.
The Currumbin RSL Group is committed to continually finding ways in which it can reduce the impact of its operations on the environment. It is committed to providing positive social opportunities, supporting its community and creating a financially viable business that generates revenue for community benefit. The Currumbin RSL Group is proud to be an integral part of the community.
Did you know that over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used and thrown away every day in Australia and that plastic takes an average of 450 years to start to degrade? We’ve joined an Australian campaign to eradicate straws ‘The Last Straw’. Our staffs have pledged to stop serving straws in drinks to try and reduce the amount of plastic waste we produce. If you need one, ask at the bar. But we do hope that you can still enjoy your drink without one!
Our Bottle Crusher is busy crushing an average of 3500 bottles per week. That is equivalent to reducing 36 solo bins of bottles down to just 6. We’re saving on storage area, transport costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
We are also grateful to Currumbin Community Special School who come weekly to crush plastic recyclables to reduce it by 7 times as well as complete other odd jobs around the Club. The students are doing a fantastic job.
We have water tanks onsite comprising of 120,000 litres which the Club uses to clean surfaces, for general irrigation and garden watering and also to flush toilets.
Our Pulp Master takes 100% of our organic waste material from our food outlets and turns it into compost. We purchase bin liners and take away food containers that are compostable.
We have a goal of complete self-sufficiency of herbs from our gardens and we’re nearly there. They are busting with rosemary, mint and parsley just to name a few and our shallots are going berserk!
We’re also doing our bit for biodiversity with two native bee hives on site.
To keep local jobs and reduce our carbon footprint we use local suppliers wherever possible. We also provide a Courtesy Bus loan for community groups.
Fun & Ageless is an isolation reducing senior’s group with craft activities and fun excursions for seniors in our community from fun excursions to craft activities.
The Dune Café, part of Currumbin RSL’s Group, installed a 25KW grid connected solar power system in 2016 which is doing a great job using all of that glorious Queensland sunshine Queensland is famous for!
Our Community Benefit Fund averages $1 million per year in funding and grants to local organisations.
We also have regular visits from university and school groups to take part on a guided sustainability tour of the Club so they can see sustainability working in real life not just in theory and hopefully be inspired to do the same. Who knows how many tree huggers we’re creating?!