Eco Queenslander owner Cecile Espigole is a finalist in a national UN Australia award.
Eco Queenslander owner Cecile Espigole is a finalist in a national UN Australia award. File

Eco Queenslander gets attention

AN ENVIRONMENTAL nod from the United Nations has given Maryborough bed and breakfast Eco Queenslander national attention.

The eco-tourism business was one of about 50 businesses, writers, schools and local councils to be named as finalists in the national United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards.

Eco Queenslander owner Cecile Espigole said the nod gave the Fraser Coast tourism industry extra publicity.

She said the business was one of only two in Australia that were used in a United Nations eco tourism compendium published in 2010.

"I think that has made the difference," she said.

Unfortunately, she won't be able to attend the awards ceremony in Melbourne next week because she is going to be anxiously awaiting the announcement of Queensland's ClimateSmart awards in Brisbane instead.

The business missed out on a win last year but Ms Espigole was more confident about her chances this year.

"We have improved in many ways this year," she said.

Both awards will be announced on June 8.

Eco Queenslander is a carbon-neutral holiday house that uses solar power, recycled household goods, rainwater tanks and green workshops.



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