Forest Resort Traditional Owners
On 25 June 2006, a land use agreement was finalised and celebrated between Forest Resort and the traditional land owners, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. This is the first time an Indigenous Land Use Agreement has been successfully negotiated between traditional owners of the land and a golf course owner.
• Allows Forest Resort to expand its golf course onto approximately 50 acres of crown land (subject to a native title claim by the Dja Dja Wurrung people)
• Protects any Aboriginal cultural heritage on the land
• Recognises the Dja Dja Wurrung people as traditional owners of the area
As a result of the land use agreement and the positive relationship established between the resort and the Dja Dja Wurrung people, Forest Resort will:
• Feature interpretive indigenous story boards on all golf course fairways
• Develop Aboriginal native gardens throughout the resort
• Incorporate Aboriginal artistic elements within the complex
• Educate visitors about the local indigenous culture
• Provide opportunities for local indigenous people to gain employment at the resort
• Re-vegetate nine hectares of forest
Forest Resort is setting an environmental example for golf courses and other resorts nationally.
The Resort was established in line with an environmental philosophy focused on long-term sustainability in energy and water conservation and with regard to its traditional owners.
Since its inception, the Forest Resort Golf Course has continued its policy of providing the golfer with one of the best examples of environmental management in the world today. The Tony Cashmore designed course has been carefully and gently laid out amongst the beautiful surrounding forest. With minimal chemical use and water recycling through its multi-million dollar treatment plant, visitors and members can be confident they are truly experiencing golf and nature, coming together in perfect harmony.
The Resort has also installed a state of the art micro reactor water treatment plant. The new water treatment plant is one of the first of its type in Australia and has been approved by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in Victoria. The micro plant forms the 'central processor' of three sources of water at the Resort which include harvested rainwater, bore water and wastewater.
The micro plant uses a bio-reactor which operates by creating different natural environments in separate zones where micro-organisms can treat different pollutants and waste and output drinkable-quality bore water. This bore water can be added to 'polished' storm water and treated wastewater generated by the resort and residential areas to then be used for irrigation of the golf course.
Golf Course Superintendant, Mr. Oswin, said "We are truly proud of our approach to environmental sustainability here at the Forest Resort, and we are confident as the project continues to develop, that our golfing fraternity will also be happy knowing they are a part of something that is more natural than its design."