Nominate locals for Healthy Waterways Awards

Apr 4, 2012 | ,

Water is essential for life. From the local swimming hole to the Great Barrier Reef, water quality in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac catchments affects everyone.

Show your support for the people who contribute to better water quality by nominating them for the inaugural Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Healthy Waterways Alliance Awards 2012.

All types of groups and even individuals are making an effort to improve water quality. For example, Eco Barge Clean Sea Inc marine debris clean-up program has now collected more than 60,000 kilograms of rubbish from the beaches of the Whitsunday Islands and our regions cane farmers are leading changes in sustainable agriculture initiatives.

Our local schools like Beaconsfield State School support an exciting environmental program and while our local councils plan for water sensitive urban design in our towns. Furthermore, Mark Gallate from Wetland Walkabout continues work on restoring 32 hectares in Keeleys Road Wetland, Mackay.

The Healthy Waterways Alliance Awards honour the hard work that individuals, community groups, schools, businesses and government carry out to enrich the health of our precious waterways and the whole Great Barrier Reef.

Award categories include:

Community Award, sponsored by Canegrowers Mackay

Open to community groups, schools, teachers, students and educational centres, not-for-profit organisation, community members and non-government organisations for projects which demonstrate a high degree of participation and/or contribution to the community efforts for improved waterway health in our region.

Rural Industry Award, sponsored by Queensland Government and Reef Water Quality Protection Plan

Open to primary producers, landowners for rural or nonurban projects, rural industry including mills and rural research institutions for innovative water efficiency and water quality program that contribute to improved regional waterway health.

Business Award, sponsored by Reef Catchments

Open to business and industry sectors such as commerce, rural suppliers, retail groups, tourism for projects and initiatives within their business that improve the management and/or health of our regional waterways.

Urban Award

Open to multi-disciplinary team and partnerships including developers, landscape architects, planners, local governments for projects that implement best management practice for water sensitive urban design.

Each award category winner will receive a cash prize of $500. Nominations due 30 April 2012.

Winners will be announced at the Healthy Waterways Symposium Awards celebration dinner, 14 June 2012 at CQ University, Mackay.

For further information, Award Guidelines and Entry Forms please contact Sal Gray at