Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 - 2011 Healthy Waterways Awards
Night Eyes Association was awarded the ‘SEQ Water Grid – Clean Up Award’ at last night’s Healthy Waterways Awards for engaging over 250 volunteers in a weekly clean up of Pumicestone Passage and Caloundra Foreshores.

The Caring for Pumicestone Passage and Caloundra Foreshores Program involves the collaborative efforts of volunteers and 60 junior school members removing rubbish from the waterways and foreshores every week of the year.

Night Eyes Association President, Mr Greg McKean, said the progam aims to educate the community about waterway litter and the damage it causes to our marine life, birdlife and the environment.

“Our motto has always been, ‘It's not a resort without the waterways’. Regardless of whether you are a tourist or a resident, everyone appreciates a clean waterway and surrounding foreshore,” Mr McKean said.

Throughout the year, various local schools engage Night Eyes to help with their “days on the water”. The program also plays a vital role in identifying and locating injured wildlife or environmental vandalism.

Chief Executive Officer of SEQ Water Grid, Barry Dennien, said they are proud to be part of the Healthy Waterways Awards and sponsor such an important Award category.

“The SEQ Water Grid is proud to sponsor the Clean Up Award category of the Healthy Waterways Awards because having clean waterways is an important part of supplying high-quality healthy water to the residents of South East Queensland,” Mr Dennien 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 www.healthywaterways.org 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
W: www.healthywaterways.org

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2011 Healthy Waterways Awards, environment, South East Queensland, SEQ Water Grid, Pumicestone Passage, Caloundra

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