Seqwater has been recognised for its ongoing investment in improving the health of South East Queensland’s land and waterways with three finalist nominations in the Healthy Land and Water Awards.
The bulk water supplier took two out of three finalist spots in this year’s Sustainable Water Management category.
Seqwater also scored a finalist nod for the Science Innovation category for a research project undertaken by one of its employees, in partnership with Central Queensland University, whilst completing his Masters in Environmental Management.
Now in its 18th year, the Healthy Land and Water Awards recognise and celebrate the efforts of groups and individuals who are working to protect and improve the health of waterways and catchments across South East Queensland.
An Seqwater project to stabilise an eroding riverbank in the Upper Brisbane River is a finalist in the Healthy Land and Water Awards.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Jim Pruss said it was an honour to be shortlisted alongside others who were making a positive difference to the region’s waterways through various projects and initiatives.
“The state of our catchments has a major impact on the quality of water we treat,” Mr Pruss said.
“Improving the health of our waterways is vital to support an affordable, secure and sustainable water supply for our region into the future.”
In the Sustainable Water Management category, Seqwater was recognised for a water quality project it developed to increase recreational access to lakes, while protecting the health of visitors from blue-green algae toxins.
The second nomination in the same category was a project to stabilise an eroding riverbank in the Upper Brisbane River by re-profiling the banks, armouring the toe of the bank with a rock barricade and planting more than 40,000 trees and shrubs.
An Seqwater water quality project to increase recreational access to lakes, while protecting the health of visitors from blue-green algae toxins was also nominated as a finalist.
In the Science Innovation category, Seqwater Environmental Project Coordinator Simon Clements was listed as a finalist for a research project he conducted at North Pine Dam whilst completing his Masters in Environmental Management at Central Queensland University.
The project tested the feasibility of using alum sludge – a by-product from the processing of drinking water in treatment plants – as a growth medium for native Australian plant species.
Mr Pruss said Seqwater was proud to again support the Healthy Land and Water Awards through sponsorship of this year’s Junior Environment Champion Award.
He congratulated the finalists: Milton State School student Will Matthews, City of Gold Coast Naturally GC Program ambassador Patrick Brabant and Quandamooka Community Ranger Lordie Walker for their work in caring for our catchments and waterways.
“All of the category finalists are responsible for raising the profile of the current waterway health issues and by doing so are inspiring others to take action,” Mr Pruss said.
“All nominees should be proud of their work and leadership.”
The public has been invited to nominate their favourite finalist for the People’s Choice Award. Voting is open until 28 August via hlw.org.au/awards/finalists
Winners of the 2017 Healthy Land and Water Awards, including the People's Choice Award, will be announced at our Gala Dinner on Friday 1 September 2017.
Seqwater Environmental Project Coordinator Simon Clements was listed as a finalist for a research project he conducted at North Pine Dam whilst completing his Masters in Environmental Management at Central Queensland University.