Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Walaman Fishways, in collaboration with CM Concrete Products and James Cook University, won the ‘Humes - Industry Award’ at last night’s Healthy Waterways Awards. Their project, Prefabricated fishway system for small waterway structures, provides a major breakthrough for improving the ecological health of our waterways.

The project has set out to develop a prefabricated fishway system that reduces the impact of fish migration barriers at small waterway structures, such as road culverts, causeways and drainage channels. This has been achieved by incorporating innovative fish passage devices at waterway structures and providing upstream passages for fish.

Walaman Fishways Environmental Engineer, Mr Ross Kapitzke, said this initiative targets multipurpose goals relating to water quality and ecological values.

“Walaman prefabricated fishways provide a ready solution to overcoming fish migration barriers at road culverts. Adoption of the Walaman system allows more extensive provision for fish passage in waterway projects,” Mr Kapitzke said.

Initial application at a site in Enoggera Creek has demonstrated the effectiveness of the fishway in assisting movement of a range of native fish species. This system will improve fish passages developed as part of new projects, such as highways or land developments.

Humes National Water Solutions Manager, Darren Drapper, said the organisation is proud to come on board with Healthy Waterways and sponsor the Industry Award for the first time.

“Humes, as proud sponsors of the Industry Award, commend and encourage the initiatives undertaken by industry in improving the health of our waterways. Partners, large and small, industry and community, working together will make a difference,” Mr Drapper 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


2011 Healthy Waterways Award, Walaman Fishways, James Cook University, Humes Industry Award



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