Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)
It's Eco All the Way for LARC Operators; Accreditation Big Step Forward for Company
Byline: rob black agnes water
THE big pink LARCS are now even greener, following an upgrade in the status of their eco-credentials from Ecotourism Australia.
1770 Environmental Tours @ the 1770 Marina have been taking tourists on tours in and around the pristine beauty of Round Hill Creek and Bustard Bay in the large amphibious vehicles as one of the region's few accredited ecotourism operator for a number of years.
In 2009 owners Neil and Katherine Mergard applied to Ecotourism Australia to upgrade from nature tourism to an ecotourism operator and last month it was confirmed they are now one of Australia's elite operators in terms of ecotourism.
The LARCS take scientists and any number of environmental and eco-experts plus bird-watching groups and, of course, their bread and butter, the many tourists, local, interstate and international, in search of some of the most beautiful untouched coastal estuary systems, and their flora and fauna, in the world.
Mrs Mergard said the business benefited from being aligned with Ecotourism Australia, with many ecotourists coming from Europe wishing to be part of an environmental experience. …