Morris Group News

Tourism businesses named amongst state’s best

Morris Group’s tourism businesses in Queensland have been recognised amongst the best in the state.

Program helps trainees dream, believe, achieve

Six indigenous trainees have completed their work placement at The Ville this week as part of Cowboys House’s Dream Believe Achieve training program.

Iconic Melbourne pubs join CLG collection

Two more iconic Melbourne pubs have been added to CLG portfolio, with the group taking over O’Connell’s in South Melbourne and The Vincent in Albert Park.

Foundation Funding Renewed

Morris Family Foundation has renewed funding for seven projects aimed at protecting and restoring the environment, and supporting local communities in Australia and overseas.

Name revealed for Townsville’s new $88 million luxury hotel

Morris Group presents its brand new luxury hotel, Ardo.

Helping coffee crops cope with the climate challenge

Australians love their coffee. Around three quarters of us have at least one cup of coffee every day. As a nation, that adds up to around 37 million kilograms of

Nautilus expands operations in the NT

Nautilus Aviation has expanded its operations in the Northern Territory with three new bases established in the region.

Global projects get greenlight for foundation funding

Seven non-profit organisations have been awarded funding to help them deliver projects that support and strengthen communities and the environment all over the world.

Empowering girls through education

When you educate a girl, she can change her world. That’s the vision that drives Melbourne-based charity One Girl.

Embracing the shift

Morris Group Executive Director Hayley Morris was recently featured in an article by The Weekend Australian’s Business Columnist Damon Kitney.

Foundation support for new projects

The December board meeting for Morris Family Foundation saw five organisations approved for grant funding, including two brand new projects.

Top honours for Albert Park

The Albert Park Hotel has been recognised amongst some of the country’s top venues, winning a coveted wine award and a spot in a prestigious food guide.

New zero emissions flights take off over reef

Nautilus Aviation will be introducing zero-emission flights over some of Queensland’s most iconic tourist attractions, including the Great Barrier Reef.

Iconic Port Melbourne hotel joins CLG

Port Melbourne’s much loved institution, The Railway Club Hotel, has become part of Colonial Leisure Group.

Indigenous guides graduate

Eight Indigenous locals in North Queensland are now fully qualified tour guides after completing a training program supported by Morris Family Foundation.

The Ville makes a splash at WOTIF Awards

The Ville Resort-Casino‘s iconic resort pool has been recognised amongst the best hotel pools in Australia.

Big award wins for NQ properties

It was a clean sweep for Morris Group properties at the recent 2021 North Queensland Tourism and Events Awards.

Veterans mental health boost

Townsville veterans’ mental health services have been given a $20,000 boost thanks to a grant by Morris Family Foundation.

Reef Keepers record

The Morris Family Foundation recently made a record-breaking donation to reef protection and climate action projects across North Queensland thanks to the Reef Keepers program.

CLG goes all green

Colonial Leisure Group has gone green, with all its venues in Victoria switching to GreenPower.

The Ville’s new development

Work began in October on a brand new Morris Group hotel development in Townsville.

Ripe for Change grants 2020

In 2020, the Ripe for Change community grants program (founded by Morris Family Foundation and now funded by a collaboration of philanthropists) granted $133,000 to 17 different projects working to

Clifftops complete at Pennsylvania Castle

The long awaited Clifftops development at Pennsylvania Castle in Portland was completed in October 2020. Clifftops is a unique development of five luxury lodges, hewn out of the Portland stone

Regenerating agriculture blueprint report

Working with Sustainable Table and researcher and regenerative farmer Tanya Massy, in 2020 the Morris Family Foundation developed and published the Blueprint for Impact: Regenerating Agriculture in the Great Barrier

Orpheus Island gets MOUA dive licence

In October of 2020, Orpheus Island Lodge were announced as one of only five operators on the Great Barrier Reef with a dive licence to visit the Museum of Underwater

GBR helicopter purchase

In December 2019, GBR Helicopters was purchased by the Morris Group to join the existing Nautilus Aviation operations. The newly branded Morris Aviation Australia will be the largest helicopter fleet

Portsea Hotel opens

Just in time for Christmas in 2018 the newly renovated Portsea Hotel re-opened with and expanded beer garden overlooking Port Phillip Bay. The venue has proven to be very popular

2019 Ripe for Change grant recipients

The Sustainable Table, is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2019 Ripe for Change Community Grants Program. The Morris Family Foundation first seeded this project, and now it’s a

Mt Mulligan Lodge the newest member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia

We’re excited to announce that Mt Mulligan Lodge is the newest member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection. Offering laid-back luxury in a quintessential Australian setting, guests can immerse

Orpheus Island Lodge 100% solar powered

In May this year, when Orpheus Island Lodge installed 810 gleaming solar panels on the hill behind the lodge we hoped the 300kW array would be able to provide up

Northern Escape Collection welcomes Mt Mulligan Lodge

The Northern Escape Collection has expanded with the recent opening of Mt Mulligan Lodge in remote Far North Queensland. The luxury outback lodge is situated on a secluded, entirely private

Reducing plastic at The Ville Resort-Casino

900 staff members at The Ville have been transitioned away from disposable take away coffee cups while on shift and instead have been given a reusable alternative in an effort

Orpheus Island Lodge and Daintree Ecolodge enter the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

Both Orpheus Island Lodge and Daintree Ecolodge have earned a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years and are therefore qualified for the Certificate of

New look Northern Escape Collection

Morris Group’s collection of boutique lodges in Far North Queensland has had a facelift. Working with Sydney-based design team Toohey Creative, the new creative is designed to celebrate the distinct

Clifftops development at Penn Estate

The Penn Estate in Portland, UK, has begun development on an exciting new resort called Clifftops. The development will have five lodges (10 rooms) hewn out of the Portland Stone

Colonial Brewing introduces Porter

Drink yourself a jacket this winter; introducing Colonial Brewing’s robust Porter. Rich roasted malts are the star attractions when it comes to our deep, dark porter. It’s brewed with chocolate