Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Redland City Council was awarded the ‘BMT WBM - Government Award’ at last night’s Healthy Waterways Awards for their Waterways Extension Program - Council partnering with landholders for waterways recovery.

As part of their Waterways Extension Program, Redland City Council has partnered with over 47 landholders resulting in a number of on-ground waterway restoration projects, including repairs to failing septic systems and revegetation of in-stream and riparian vegetation.

Mayor of Redland City Council, Melva Hobson, said the program has involved community engagement, building rapport and developing partnerships to deliver on-ground outcomes.

“The Waterways Extension Program engages private landholders to partner with Council to achieve on-ground waterways rehabilitation projects as well as sustainable land management to improve catchment health,” Mayor Hobson said.

A number of successful restoration trials have been completed or are underway. This includes monthly water quality monitoring of 15 farm dams to determine their impact on creek water quality, as well as a native fish breeding program to boost local populations and biodiversity.

BMT WBM Associate, Tony Weber, said they are proud to continue sponsoring the Government Award category of the Healthy Waterways Awards.

“The recent implementation of changes to the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy focussing on Total Water Cycle Management, and the adoption of the Healthy Waters State Planning Policy demonstrate the critical role that government agencies have in improving waterway health,” Mr Weber said.

“The recognition of great work in doing this role through the Healthy Waterways Awards is vital to continue stimulating further good ideas and policy directions for the future,” he 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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