Entries now open for 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards

28 February 2018

It’s time to celebrate our environment champions! Entries are now open for the prestigious 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards.

Individuals, groups, schools and organisations are encouraged to enter for the chance to win a share in $19,000 prize money. Established in 2000, the Healthy Land and Water Awards recognise the passion and dedication of people working to improve and protect South East Queensland’s environment.

Healthy Land and Water Chief Executive Officer Julie McLellan said the Awards were the perfect showcase for the work being done to ensure future generations can enjoy clean waterways and healthy landscapes.

“South East Queensland is home to many passionate people working on vital environmental projects and the Awards allow entrants to increase awareness and support for their work, celebrate their achievements and inspire others to take action,” she said.

“If you know someone that deserves recognition - whether it be a community group removing rubbish from a waterway, a farmer managing their land in a sustainable way, or a school planting trees in bushland - nominate them for an award at our website before entries close on May 1.”

In 2018, there are 11 award categories open to nominations: 








    2017 Youth Environment Champion Patrick Brabant and Beardy, a native central bearded dragon. 

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Sustainable Education Award
  • Youth Environment Champion Award
  • Science Innovation Award
  • Sustainable Agriculture Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Environmental Guardian Award
  • Sustainable Water Management Award
  • Erosion & Sediment Control Leadership Award
  • Water Warrior Award
  • Healthy Habitat Award

For the first time ever, one lucky person will also receive the Hall of Fame Award, officially becoming the inaugural inductee into the Healthy Land and Water Awards Hall of Fame. 

In addition, the most innovative category winner will be awarded the $10,000 Minister’s Grand Prize, supported by the Department of Environment and Science.

At the 2017 Awards, 14-year-old Gold Coast resident Patrick Brabant won the 2017 Youth Environment Champion Award in recogniton of his conservation efforts and his ability to connect people to nature. 

Widely-known as the 'Enviro Warrior, Patrick said the 2017 Awards was an "amazing experience" that gave him a huge platform to spread his conservation message. He encouraged everyone to get involved and reap the benefits of being part of the 2018 Awards.

"I loved the chance to interact with like-minded people throughout the Awards program. There's heaps of passionate people out there working on important projects and the Awards are a great way to show that off," he said. 

"If you know someone in your local community making a difference to the environment, make sure you nominate them."

Entries for nominations close on May 1 and finalists will be announced on June 15. Winners will be announced at the Healthy Land and Water Gala Dinner on July 27, 2018 at Brisbane City Hall.

Visit www.hlw.org.au/awards for more information or to nominate someone. 

Learn more about 'Enviro Warrior' Patrick Brabant here