SUSTAINABILITY

At GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge we are focused on doing things the right way for the right reasons.
For our guests, for our local hosts, and for the environment.

Minimizing as much as possible our impact on the local environment is our priority number one, contributing to Guests’ maximum level of comfort in the most “greener” conditions.

Water & Waste ~ Reed Bed System

We are very proud to say that we’ve developed, under the direction of Jesse, australian environmental engineer, a ReedBed system, so that all of our waste water is filtered, drained and reused in the best possible way, without being detrimental to our precious island and lagoon.

Designed and constructed by AWC, one of Australia’s leading waste management engineering firms, this system design exceeds Australian regulations and controls to the highest standards.
It is a self sustaining system that treats all wastewater produced by guests and staff via a specially engineered and designed reed bed filtration process.
The final step of this process see’s all the treated recycled water used to assist the growth of the many fruit trees across the property.
This custom design of this system is revolutionary for the region .

Domestic wastewater comprises toilet, shower, kitchen and laundry water that has a range of pollutants including nutrients and pathogens. Water with high concentrations of nutrients can be problematic when discharged to the environment including increased weed growth, changes in water chemistry that can be detrimental to aquatic animals such as fish and shell fish. Wastewater also has potentially high concentrations of pathogen detrimental to human health.

The Lodge has a sustainable biological wastewater treatment and disposal system that uses a constructed reedbed for treatment and a subsurface irrigation area for disposal.
All wastewater streams from the Lodge are directed to septic tanks that provide primary treatment (coarse filtration).
The reedbed is an ecological engineering system that has been constructed that takes all primary treated wastewater from the septic tanks.
The reedbed is constructed by forming a series of watertight cells that are filled with gravel and planted with macrophytes (water loving plants).
The gravel provides fine filtration and a secure attachment for biofilm (bacteria and algae) in order for biochemical reactions and biofiltration to occur.
The macrophytes provide nutrient and liquid uptake and an appealing landscape aesthetic.
Once wastewater has passed through the reedbed system, it is collected and pumped to an irrigated land application area for disposal.
The irrigation system is placed under the ground surface that has been mounded and planted with fruit trees.

Further treatment of wastewater is undertaken in this area where liquid and nutrient uptake by fruit trees and other groundcover plants further reduces loads reaching the groundwater and continuing to the environment.”

Jesse Munro, Environmental Scientist
Australian Wetlands Consulting Pty Ltd
PO Box 2605 / 70 Butler Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481
p. 02 6685 5466 | f. 02 6680 9406 | www.awconsult.com.au

In the process of the design and construction the local village people are being educated and equipped to be able to replicate the design using local materials.
This has the potential to revolutionise waste management practices for future developments in the Mentawai Islands.

Details of the design including photos of the construction, and blue prints of the design can be viewed here.

Garden

We’ve made the biggest design effort to fit our Umas as best as possible between the existing trees.
Some of them have even been dug out and planted again !

We’ve also planted more than a 100 fruits trees, and created a veggie garden to offer our Guests a proudly home-grown range of various fruits and vegs.

To complete our green initiative, we also have a great chook park, gathering a population of free-range chickens, laying eggs and contributing to healthy meals from local recipes.

As dedicated team members of our staff, we employ local young men to maintain this beautiful rich garden area and make sure that all the veggie scraps are used in the best way.

GinGin MentawaiSurfLodge’s environmental objective is to maximise local surroundings and function as a partial eco-resort, while still delivering a high standard of accomodation and personal space.

Jesse Munro, Environmental Scientist
Australian Wetlands Consulting Pty Ltd
PO Box 2605 / 70 Butler Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481
p. 02 6685 5466 | f. 02 6680 9406 | www.awconsult.com.au

In the process of the design and construction the local village people are being educated and equipped to be able to replicate the design using local materials.
This has the potential to revolutionise waste management practices for future developments in the Mentawai Islands.

Details of the design including photos of the construction, and blue prints of the design will proudly be available to view on our webpage in the coming months.

GinGin Mentawai Surf Lodge & SurfAid Partnership

We are now extremely proud tand excited to be collaborating with SurfAid, sharing their ambitions of constantly finding and delivering ways to make the world a better place.

“Non-profit humanitarian organisation whose aim is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing”
www.surfaid.org

In September 2015, we’ve partnered with FireWire Surfboards and made a donation to SurfAid Annual Auction Event held in Malibu, CA worth of AUD $ 5,000 under the form of a trip at GinGin’s.

This was just the beginning of our journey with SurfAid and we’re now planning on getting involved on a much more active level in the coming years.

We want to develop a real program in our local area, and offer the opportunity to our Guests to learn more about how they can get involved while they are staying at The Lodge.