Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Stanley River Environmental Education Centre was awarded the ‘Veolia Water Australia - Education Award’ at last night’s Healthy Waterways Awards for engaging South East Queensland students in a unique project called Bunya to the Bay.

Bunya to the Bay is an Education Queensland initiative conducted by the Stanley River Environmental Education Centre and presented by Seqwater. The 2010 project involved a group of 31 teenage students and their teachers from schools across South East Queensland.

Students travelled the length of the Brisbane River studying a particular area of interest while focussing on the central theme: "What is the future of our waterways?". The initiative also generated publicity which has raised the profile of environmental issues facing our waterways.

Mr Steve Roach, a teacher at the Stanley River Environmental Education Centre, said Bunya to the Bay has provided a positive learning experience for students, with many saying it was life changing.

“Bunya to the Bay is an authentic learning experience that seeks to inspire the environmental decision-makers of tomorrow to act positively to safeguard the health of our waterways,” Mr Roach said.

During the 2010 project, students from three primary schools joined the journey for a day trip while students from 27 other schools became involved online via the Bunya to the Bay virtual field trip.

Veolia Water Australia’s Queensland Regional Manager Ben Bowen said that, as a provider of water and wastewater services, they saw an immediate link with the Healthy Waterways Awards and are proud to sponsor the Education Award.

“In our fourth year as sponsor of the Education Award we are once again proud to recognise young people who, like Veolia Water, are working hard to ensure a sustainable future,” Mr Bowen 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


Bunya, 2011 Healthy Waterways Awards, Stanley River Environmental Education Centre, Veolia Water Australia



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