'Enviro Warrior' encourages community to enter 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards

06 March 2018

'Enviro Warrior' Patrick Brabant is encouraging the community to nominate South East Queensland's environment heroes for the 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards.

Entries are now open for the 2018 Awards, which recognise and celebrate the people and groups working to improve and protect the environment. 

Individuals, groups, schools and organisations are encouraged to enter for the chance to win a share in $19,000 prize money, including the $10,000 Minister's Grand Prize.

14-year-old Patrick, who lives on the Gold Coast, is well-versed to speak on the Awards. In July, he claimed the 2017 Youth Environment Champion Award in recognition of his conservation efforts and ability to connect people to nature.

Known fondly as the 'Enviro Warrior', Patrick has been obsessed with the environment since he was a toddler and currently runs his own website which focuses on conservation issues including plastic pollution, threatened species, waste and recycling.

He also works closely with City Of Gold Coast as its ambassador for the NaturallyGC campaign, which organises low-cost nature events including tree planting, nature photography and guided bushwalks to help reconnect people to nature.

The young eco-warrior said the 2017 Awards was an "amazing experience" that provided him a huge platform to spread his conservation message

Patrick said he was using his larger profile to expand his conservation efforts, including initiating the roll-out of a waste recycling program at his school and promoting the plight of threatened species in the Gold Coast region.

"I loved being part of the Awards because they gave me a chance to be heard by more people. It's important to me to educate people about the planet and what they can do to help," he said. 

"I also 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 thank them for their work," he said.

Along with the Youth Environment Champion Award, Patrick took home a $750 prize which he plans to eventually invest in a drone to capture footage and photographs of habitats and wildlife from the air.

With entries now open for the 2018 Awards, Patrick said people should nominate now to reap the benefits of being part of the Awards program.

"It's an amazing experience for anyone lucky enough to be nominated. If you know someone in your local community making a difference to the environment, make sure you nominate them."

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

  • 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.

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 for an award.

Visit Patrick's website here.