Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 - 2011 Healthy Waterways Awards
Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) was presented with the ‘Brisbane Airport - Community Award’ at last night’s Healthy Waterways Awards for their Sustainable Communities Project.

B4C has designed a community education centre that aims to instigate environmentally sustainable behavioural changes, household by household.

B4C Secretary, Mrs Heather Bams, said the group’s on-ground approach and targeted behavioural change activities ensure B4C is reconnecting people with the earth, and with each other.

“All environmental problems are intrinsically linked and so are the solutions - to combat one we must combat all,” Mrs Bams said.

“B4C has partnered with government and industry to create a centre purpose built to educate and activate the community to reduce their impact on the environment,” she said.

B4C will continue to plant trees, remove weeds and collect rubbish from our waterways, as well as use their new education centre to create awareness, foster understanding, and inspire action.

Brisbane Airport Corporation’s Environment Manager, Helen Clarke, said they are proud to continue sponsoring the Community Award for the fifth consecutive year.

“Brisbane Airport recognises that waterways are an integral part of sustaining South East Queensland well into the future and are proud to be able to sponsor the Community Award; further engaging the community life of our region through the ongoing protection and improvement of waterways, ” Ms Clarke said.

Now in its eleventh year, the annual Healthy Waterways Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of groups and individuals working to improve the health of South East Queensland’s waterways and catchments.

The 2011 Healthy Waterways Awards category winners are:
• eWater - Water Sensitive Urban Design Award: Rain Bank - stormwater harvesting and reuse by South Bank Corporation
• WaterSecure - Research Award: Nuisance algae in Moreton Bay: symptom and cause of seagrass loss by Dana Burfeind from Griffith University and The University of Queensland
• BMT WBM - Government Award: Waterways Extension Program - Council partnering with landholders for waterways recovery by Redland City Council
• Seqwater - Rural Award: Rosevale floodplain reinstatement and land management project by SEQ Catchments in partnership with DERM, DEEDI, SEQTOA, Healthy Waterways and Griffith University
• Humes - Industry Award: Prefabricated fishway system for small waterway structures by Walaman Fishways, CM Concrete Products Pty Ltd and James Cook University
• Brisbane Airport - Community Award: Sustainable Communities by Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc (B4C)
• SEQ Water Grid - Clean Up Award: Caring for Pumicestone Passage and Caloundra Foreshores by Night Eyes Association Inc
• Veolia Water Australia - Education Award: Bunya to the Bay 2010 by Stanley River Environmental Education Centre (Education Queensland)
• Queensland Urban Utilities - Waterways Champion Award: Bill Dennison.

The Rural category winner - Rosevale floodplain reinstatement and land management project - was chosen as the most innovative project by the independent judging panel, receiving the $10,000 Minister’s Grand Prize.

Minister for Environment, The Hon Vicky Darling, acknowledged the individuals and organisations involved in activities to protect and improve our waterways.

“I commend the Healthy Waterways Awards finalists and winners for undertaking projects to improve the condition of our local rivers, creeks and catchments,” Minister Darling said.

“The Awards play a major role in engaging more people to contribute to a cleaner and greener South East Queensland,” she said.

The Healthy Waterways Awards are hosted by Healthy Waterways, a not-for-profit, non-government organisation working collaboratively with government, industry and the community to protect and improve waterway health in South East Queensland.

For more information about the Healthy Waterways Awards, visit or contact Healthy Waterways on 07 3177 9100.

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2011 Healthy Waterways Awards

The annual Healthy Waterways Awards recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of groups, individuals and organisations who undertake work to protect and restore the health of South East Queensland's waterways.
There are nine Award categories open to individuals, community groups and organisations who are working towards achieving healthy waterways.

Each entrant has the chance to win a share in $23,500 prize money with the most innovative of all category winners receiving the Minister’s Grand Prize worth $10,000. Check out the 2010 winners and finalists.
Every year, the Awards receive extensive media interest resulting in numerous published media articles. Check out the 2011 'launch' media release. In 2010, winners were profiled in a television feature on Channel 7’s program The Great South East.
Healthy Waterways gratefully acknowledges the support received from sponsors of the Awards.
Lani Pauli
P: 07 3309 4732


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