Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 - 2011 Healthy Waterways Awards
SEQ Catchments was awarded the highest honour at the annual Healthy Waterways Awards last night for their Rosevale floodplain reinstatement and land management project. The project involves working with the community to deliver on-ground activities that improve water quality in local waterways, and ultimately Moreton Bay.

The project not only won the ‘Seqwater - Rural Award’, but was voted the most innovative of all entries by an independent judging panel, receiving the 2011 Minister’s Grand Prize and a total of $11,500 in prize money.

The project incorporates both the management of hill slope erosion and floodplain processes. Activities carried out include riparian fencing, revegetation, pasture improvement, gully rehabilitation and wetland reinstatement.
A major component of the project included the reinstatement of a local wetland, through collaboration between two neighbouring properties. In addition, approximately 285 hectares of land has undergone pasture improvement to progress water quality outcomes.

Mr Morris McInnes, Chairman of the Bremer Focal Area Committee, said this project plays a key role in successfully reducing the amount of diffuse sediment loads entering Moreton Bay.

“This wetland reinstatement project is a fine example of what landholders can achieve for on-farm natural resource management when they work together with sound technical advice,” Mr McInnes said.

SEQ Catchments delivered the project in partnership with the Department of Environment and Resource Management, the Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation, South East Queensland Traditional Owners Association, Healthy Waterways and Griffith University.

Seqwater Executive General Manager of Asset Delivery, Ms Alex Fisher, said they are proud to sponsor the Rural Award category of the Healthy Waterways Awards because most of the major catchments that impact on our water sources are located in rural areas and the health of these catchments is vital.

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.

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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