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Peel Forest Eco Lodge Renovation

$4,225 of $22,000 goal

Given by 17 generous donors in around 5 months

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After 15 years of providing accommodation to schools, community groups and the public, the lodge is in need of a upgrade.

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In 2000, the Peel Forest Outdoors Pursuits Trust bought the 22 hectares of land at the EcoLodge site and set up a QEII Covenant to protect the significant native bush and the on-going regeneration of this. The EcoLodge building was donated in 2003, originally for the Conservation Corps programme that was running onsite. Since then the Trust and staff at Peel Forest Outdoors Pursuit Centre have continued to develop the Eco-based accommodation that can be used alongside the outdoor centre programmes.

We believe that we can reduce the impact that we have on our planet by making responsible choices in our lifestyle. We promote a variety of ecologically friendly accommodation options, which aim to use a variety of benign technologies to lessen the effect that we have on Earth. These technologies include using recycled and locally sourced buildings and materials, using sycamore (a local pest plant) to provide air and water heating via a wetback in the Eco Lodge, using composting toilets in our Eco-cabins, processing our grey water through a reed bed, and harnessing the suns solar power to generate electricity and hot water. The EcoLodge is a working example of alternative building and waste technologies. “A unique experience in Australasia”

After 15 years of providing accommodation to schools, community groups and the public, the lodge is in need of a upgrade. The focus area of the Lodge renovation are :

1.Water Supply Upgrade:

With more erratic weather systems our historic water supply has been become unusable. We are looking to install a rainwater harvesting system with upgraded storage capacity and filtration systems.

Estimated: $6,000

2. Kitchen Facility Upgrade

The Eco Lodge kitchen was originally intended for a small group of students living on site for conservation courses. With an increase in school groups and larger numbers we are needing to adapt our kitchen to suit. This would include a gas oven, large low energy refrigeration unit and upgraded wetback system.

Estimated: $10,000

3. Alternative Energy Backup:

A generator with auto starting capacity to allow future protection of our battery bank by avoiding battery storage being run too low.

Estimated: $6,000

We are truly grateful for any donation toward the upgrades & will be updating the page along with our social media on the work as it happens. For volunteering towards the labour on the upgrades please contact us via our website for details.

Thank you again

About us

Peel Forest Outdoor Centre (PFOC) is a Registered Charitable Trust (CC23343) that runs outdoor skills training, outdoor recreation and education programmes and provides education for sustainability.

Use of funds

Renovation of the water system, kitchen & alternative energy source. Any additional funding will be use to upgrade the bunks & mattresses & deck area

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Exciting times at the Eco Lodge  29 April 2019

Exciting happens at the Eco Lodge ! Work has started on the water supply upgrades with digger on site last week and 300 metres of piping laid.

We are so grateful to the Proutings of Village Landscapes for the generous digger support and Alterno Foundation for their donation.

We'll keep posting updates as we progress the renovations work.

If you would like to help, we have a working bee this Saturday 4th May - check out the event on FB - pizza lunch supplied. Email us on if you can join us & we'll make you a pizza!

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  • Graeme

    Graeme on 09 Jun 2019



  • Jenny

    Jenny on 14 May 2019


    good luck with you campaign and keep up th good work


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    Sam R on 04 Feb 2019



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