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Environmental Policy
Our Environmental Management Commitment

OUR ORGANISATION The “Big Picture”…

The Discovery Group is a locally owned and operated experiential touring company based in Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The passion for Noosa and World Heritage Listed Fraser Island coupled with a determination to showcase the very best of the region’s natural and cultural assets to visitors locally, domestically and from around the world has helped to deliver a “uniquely Australian experience”.

NOOSA BIOSPHERE  RESERVE  “Living Laboratory”…   

In September 2007, the former Noosa Shire was awarded Biosphere status by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere International Coordinating Council. The Discovery Group is the only Tour Operator to work in both a Biosphere Reserve & World Heritage Listed areas. Because of this position, The Company is committed to raising  awareness in order to help preserve the pristine environment of the Noosa Biosphere, and  to maintain quality of life for the residence and tourist alike. We take responsibility to lead the way and globally help position the region on an international level as a knowledge bank for sustainable tourism.

OUR BELIEFS

We firmly believe that the environment and culture that exists in our organization is a crucial factor in determining the success of this organization. The Discovery Group is committed to achieving excellence in environmental management for the areas of Fraser Island and the Cooloola National Park and it’s community with a strategic objective of providing an Environmental Sustainable Community through the sound management, protection and development of the natural environment. We are committed to protecting our environment through the eco tourism program. “Eco Tourism” is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural awareness, understanding, appreciation and conservation.

In accordance with this objective in all activities The Discovery Group is committed to:

  • Compliance with legislation and regulations;
  • Continual improvement in environmental performance;
  • Avoidance of environmental harm and minimisation of environmental impact from the Companies activities;
  • Promotion of conservation of resources;
  • Communicating this policy to all staff, contractors and the community, thereby building a strong environmentally aware business culture.

OUR COMMITMENT  “Tread Lightly”…

Support local community based initiatives that promote environmental sustainability;
Promote the conservation of resources through the use of recycled products wherever possible;
  • Ensure we work closely with our clients, suppliers, local communities and other interested parties to continually improve our processes in environmental better practice.
  • Commit to Fostering the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources by “treading lightly”, recognising the approach of the Australian Indigenous people, minimising our impact on the land.
  • Needed goods and services will be identified, selected and acquired as economically as possible, according to specified standards of quality and service, while giving responsible suppliers fair consideration.
  • Servicing and maintaining our equipment including vehicles and vessels regularly to maximise operating efficiency
  • To minimize the Companies “carbon footprint” avoiding and reducing energy consumption, reducing water consumption, reducing fuel consumption and investing in cleaner fuel technology.

This Environmental Policy covers The Discovery Group’s operations throughout the region in which we operate and will be communicated to all our staff and made available to the public.

 



Privacy Policy
The Discovery Group is committed to respecting your privacy and providing you proper protection and management of any Personally Identifiable Information you choose to share with us. "Personally Identifiable Information" consists of any information by which you can be personally identified or contacted, such as your first and last name, home or other physical address (including street name and name of a city or town), telephone number, e-mail address, or social security number.

Your privacy is important to us. The Discovery Group will not sell, share, or rent your Personally Identifiable Information to third parties in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement.


Collecting Your Information

The Discovery Group collects information from you at several different points on our website to facilitate the delivery of services or the fulfillment of an order. We may collect your IP address to analyze trends and customer interests as well as to administer the site, track your site movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to Personally Identifiable Information.

There will be times, such as when placing an order; subscribing to a service; registering to receive catalogs; participating in promotions, surveys and contests, at which we may request personal information such as your name, billing/shipping address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit card information, etc. It is solely your choice whether or not you provide this information. However, should you choose not to provide the information, we may be unable to process an order, fulfill a service, or display certain content on our website.


Using Your Information

We use the Personally Identifiable Information you provide for internal purposes such as:

• analyzing trends and statistics
• member services including web page personalization
• order history and status
• one-click ordering
• order confirmation and tracking
• subscription services
• informing you of new products, services, offers and information about The Discovery Group

We will share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person.

Updating, Correcting and Changing Your Information

At any time you may review, update, correct, or change the Personally Identifiable Information you have provided to us. You may also choose to no longer receive any communication from The Discovery Group. You may use our website to change your information or to remove your subscription to our newsletter. Alternatively, you can e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cookies

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user.

We use cookies to identify one user from another and to track marketing promotions and apply promotional discounts. The cookies contain no Personally Identifiable Information. As our shopping cart functionality requires the use of cookies to function, you will not be able to make purchases on our site if you have disabled cookies in your browser. Once you close your browser, the cookie expires.

Links

This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that The Discovery Group is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personally Identifiable Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Registration (Member Services)

In order to participate in our Member Services Program, you must first complete the registration form. During registration, you are required to give your contact information (such as name and e-mail address). This information may be used to contact you about the services on our site for which you have expressed interest, such as web page personalization and order history and status.

Newsletter / Catalog Mailing List

If you wish to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name and email address. To be removed from our newsletter or catalog mailing lists please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Surveys & Contests

From time-to-time our site requests information from you via surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level). Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.

Tell-A-Friend

If you elect to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, we ask you for your friend’s name and e-mail address. The Discovery Group will automatically send the friend a one-time e-mail inviting them to visit the site or subscribe to our newsletter. The Discovery Group stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time e-mail.

Special Offers

We send all new members a welcoming e-mail to verify password and username. Established members will occasionally receive information on products, services, special offers, and a newsletter. Out of respect for your privacy we present the option to not receive these types of communications in every e-mail. You may also e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Security

This website takes every precaution to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line.

When our registration/order form asks you to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number and/or social security number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect your information off-line. All of your information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to Personally Identifiable Information.

Notification of Policy Changes

If we decide to make material changes to our privacy policy, in whole or in part, we will inform you by posting a notice on our web site. Those changes will go into effect on the date posted in the notice. The new policy will apply to all current and past users of our web site and will replace any prior policies that are inconsistent. The effective date of the current privacy policy is July 2009.

Questions/Feedback

If you have any questions about the privacy or security at our website, you can send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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