South East Queensland's environment heroes for 2018 are revealed

25 June 2018

Some of South East Queensland’s most innovative and hardworking environmentalists are in the spotlight after being named finalists for the 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards.

Now in their 18th year, the annual Healthy Land and Water Awards recognise and celebrate the people and groups working to improve and protect South East Queensland’s environment.

With projects ranging from the creation of a nature refuge at Purga, surveying marine debris on the Sunshine Coast or using fire to manage North Stradbroke Island, the 27 finalists for the 2018 Awards represent the remarkable passion and expertise in the community for environmental management.

Healthy Land and Water CEO Julie McLellan congratulated the 2018 finalists and said they are inspirational environmental leaders at a time when our region needs them most.

“It is heart-warming to witness the passion in the community for our environment and the selfless dedication so many people have for protecting our remarkable part of the world,” she said.

“Given there is so much focus on the issues facing our environment, it is important we celebrate the people helping to make South East Queensland a greener, cleaner and healthier place to live and play so they can inspire more people to take action.”

The 10 categories for the 2018 Awards are:

  • Youth Environment Champion Award, sponsored by Seqwater
  • Water Warrior Award, sponsored by Brisbane City Council
  • Environmental Guardian Award, sponsored by Queensland Urban Utilities
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by River 94.9 FM
  • Sustainable Water Management Award, sponsored by Unitywater
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Healthy Habitat Award
  • Science Innovation Award
  • Sustainable Education Award
  • Sustainable Agriculture Award

The winners will be announced at the prestigious 2018 Healthy Land and Water Awards Gala Dinner at Brisbane City Hall on July 27.

In addition, one category winner will be awarded the $10,000 Minister’s Grand Prize, supported by the Queensland Government, and for the first time, one person will be inducted into the Healthy Land and Water Awards’ Hall of Fame for their long service to South East Queensland’s environment.

Gala Dinner attendees will enjoy drinks and canapes under the stars in King George Square and then a three-course meal beneath the backdrop of the iconic Brisbane City Hall auditorium.

To purchase tickets to the Gala Dinner, visit

For the complete list of finalists and details on their projects visit