The Escape Collection Villas, Port Douglas leads the way in sustainable development

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The Escape Collection Villas will be Queensland’s first residential community power share agreement
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The global spotlight is on the COP26, climate change and sustainable energy. In Australia, initiatives that conscientious companies undertake to reduce emissions are under scrutiny.

The Escape Collection Villas, Port Douglas’ $60M villa development, steps up the game announcing Queensland’s first residential community power share agreement to harness solar energy and significantly offset CO2, the equivalent of removing 3,500 cars and their emissions off the roads for 25 years.

To celebrate this milestone achievement, The Escape developer John Morris has named the development’s main street in the memory of Rachel Carson, a world-renowned environmentalist and marine biologist. In 1997, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMA) honoured Ms Carson by naming the northern section of Escape Reef as Rachel Carson Reef.

In the spirit of community, Mr Morris continues a long-standing tradition of naming streets in his developments after local reefs and proudly introduces Rachel Carson Lane, The Escape Collection Port Douglas.

Mr Morris explained, “Rachel Carson Lane is particularly appropriate, given the development neighbours Escape Street. Further, the groundbreaking agreement provides the villa owners and residents with low cost, renewable energy without maintenance or capital investment. We celebrate the win-win for the environment and The Escape villa owners. This affordable sustainable energy solution is one that I believe other developers will be keen to follow.”


For decades, Port Douglas residents, Douglas Shire Council, and the regional tourism industry have been leaders in sustainability and recognised in 2019 as Australia’s first Eco-Accredited Destination.

Mr Morris’ daughter, Wendy Morris, GBRMPA board member and long-term Reef advocate, also works with The Escape development. “It is unequivocally acknowledged that the greatest threat to coral reefs and marine life worldwide is climate change.

Science has flagged that we must act now to keep temperature rises below two degrees. As responsible developers, if we can make it frictionless and cost-effective for the villa buyers to effortlessly reduce emissions we can really scale up a positive impact.” 

More information can be found here.


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