Roadvale environment heroes continue the fight after 2017 Awards recognition

16 March 2018

South East Queensland residents doing great things for the environment could win up to $10,000 by entering the 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards.

Entries are now open for the 2018 Awards, which recognise and celebrate the people and groups working on projects that improve and protect South East Queensland’s 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.

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. 

 

“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.”

At the 2017 Awards, Roadvale State School were one of several schools who won plaudits and exposure through the Awards. 

After more than a decade of hard work, Roadvale State School was named a finalist for the Water Warrior Award for its long-term project to reintroduce native Brigalow forest and its efforts to reduce rising salinity in soils by planting salt-resistant trees to lower the water table.

In the year since being named a finalist, the school community has continued planting native vegetation throughout the school grounds and efforts to remove weeds and build resilience into the flood-prone land is ongoing.

The school's 35 students play a major role in regular planting days and the ongoing maintainence required to ensure the on-ground works are effective. 

Roadvale State School captain Cooper Stumer said the students were excited to be recognised for their hard work at the 2017 Awards.

“It made us feel good because I feel like we’re actually helping the environment. I remember planting some of the trees that have grown big around here,” he said.

Roadvale Salinity Project manager Kay Montgomery said the long-term project is ongoing and progress has been made despite setbacks caused by recent flooding and wild storms.

She said the project has been well-supported by the community and it was important the students and the school community were recognised for their hard work over many years.

“It gave the students a boost to be recognised. That’s important because we want to teach them the significance of working towards something and nurturing it and seeing that progress over several years,” she said.

For the 2018 Awards, 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, one lucky person will also receive the Hall of Fame Award, and the prestige of being 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.