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Journeys : October November 2009
Tasmania's ecocruising pioneer Rob Pennicott has stamped his own name on the two successful cr uises that have won the family business a host of national awards. Under the new brand-name 'Pennicott Wilderness Journeys', Rob and his team are running Bruny Island Cr uises (previously Br uny Island Charters) from Adventure Bay; and Tasman Island Cruises, between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck. "Having an over-riding brand using our family name emphasises the fact that we are a hands-on, locally-based family business, employing local people," Rob says. "It also ties our two current products together and gives us a strong brand identity from which we can develop other environmentally-sustainable visitor experiences in the future." Environmental sustainability is a keynote of the Pennicott family's operations -- and it's one of the reasons behind the company's successes in a range of awards for excellence, including the 2008 Telstra National Sensis Australian Social Responsibility Award 2008 and the Telstra Australian MYOB Small Business of the Year 2008 Award. "One initiative that we're very proud of -- and strongly committed to -- is the Tasmanian Coast Conser vation Fund, which we developed to support the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Ser vice's WILDCARE program," Rob says. Under this innovative program, a proportion of every ticket sold is used by the Tasmanian Coast Conser vation Fund in their work to protect and conser ve the Tasmanian coastlines that the Pennicotts' yellow boats explore. In 2008, the Pennicott family donated over $40,000 to the Tasmanian Coast Conser vation Fund to assist with the eradication of feral cats on Tasman Island. At the end of June this year, they brought their total support to around $70,000. "We have also supported Greening Australia with a $27,000 donation for carbon offsetting projects in our local area -- and we offset all the carbon emission s from our operations." To meet rising dem and for his Br uny Island Cr uise, Rob will now r un trips from Adventure Bay every day of the year except Christmas Day. (Tasman Island Cr uises already operate all year round.) "We have people coming from around the Win! world to see our awesome sea cliffs, get close to seal haul-outs and experience the wildlife of South Bruny and the coastline around Tasman Island," Rob says. "We aim to provide a very high level of environmental interpretation to our guests -- our guides are local people, passionate about the coastal environment, knowledgeable about geology, flora and fauna and enthusiastic advocates of positive ecological practices." If you haven't ever cr uised with Pennicott Wilder ness Journeys -- either alongside South Br uny's crags or beneath Tasman Island's lighthouse, come aboard one of Rob's yellow boats this year! A Bruny breakaway The prize is two nights' accommodation for two people at the Bruny Island Weekender and two tickets on Rob Pennicott's three-hour ecocruise with Bruny Island Cruises from Adventure Bay. Total prize value is $600. The Bruny Island Weekender is a stylish architect-designed beach house at Dennes Point on North Bruny. Stroll on beautiful Nebraska Beach, visit Bruny's growers and makers for local food and wine specialties, then come home to enjoy a hot bath on the private, sheltered deck. More -- www.brunyislandweekender.com To enter, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Bruny Island, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271 Hobart 7001. Entries close on 2 November. On your Br uny holiday, don't miss the island's latest gourmet delight -- Jenny's home-made pies from the Lunawanna Link on South Br uny, near the T-junction where you turn-off to Cape Br uny or Cloudy Bay. Jen's scr umptious scallop pies won Gold at this year's Fine Food Awards -- and her lamb pies were awarded a Silver Medal. Buy them to take away -- or settle back to enjoy them with chips, salad and a glass or two of wine in the cafe, Br uny's new 'pie parlour'! Bright new name, same brilliant cruises In Tasmania today 43 October / November 09
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