Nominations open for 2014 Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Nominations for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards are now open, with calls being made for individuals, businesses, industries, schools and community groups who have adopted sustainable business practices to nominate.  Continue Reading…

QMDC’s ‘Dirty Gloves’ wins award for flood recovery

The Queensland Murray-Darling Committee’s ‘Dirty Gloves’ Flood Recovery program has won the Peabody Environment and Landcare Award at this year’s Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards.  Continue Reading…

TSRA Land and Sea Unit scoops the pool at National Environment Awards

Media Release 10 October 2013

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Land and Sea Management Unit (LSMU) has won two of Australia’s most prestigious environmental awards including an award for an outstanding contribution to national sustainability.

The TSRA Environment Portfolio Member, Mr Willie Lui, was presented with the Banksia Indigenous Award and a Gold Banksia Award in Melbourne on Wednesday 9 October. Continue Reading…

Something is brewing

Like the electrical charge building before a storm breaks over a mountain range, there is a powerful energy building over the Bunya Mountains in the South Burnett — but it has nothing to do with rain.

A major event is in the making for the 2014 bunya nut season on the Bunya Mountains, which will mark the first major gathering of Traditional Owners and other Bunya Peoples at this important cultural site since the large boyne boyne festivals of yesteryear. The last of these gatherings took place after the First World War, before the surrounding land and songlines were fragmented by settlement.

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Continuation of Reef Rescue welcomed by award winning farmers

Farmers and graziers working to improve land management practices in the Great Barrier Reef water catchment areas were last night recognised for their efforts during the inaugural Reef Rescue awards held in Cairns.

Presented by the Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective and the Queensland Farmers’ Federation, the farmers and graziers receiving the top awards represent just a handful of those working hard to reduce the environmental impact on and potential damage to the Great Barrier Reef. Continue Reading…

Inaugural Reef Rescue awards recognise top achieving farmers

THE Queensland Farmers’ Federation and the Regional NRM Groups Collective today congratulated the inaugural farmer and grazier winners of the Reef Rescue Awards, unveiled at a ceremony in Cairns this evening (Thursday May 9).

The top achieving farmers have been recognised for their outstanding achievements through involvement in the Reef Rescue program, by completing on farm projects that deliver substantial environmental outcomes and also improve farm productivity.

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Historic family property awarded top honour in In Reef Rescue grains category

David and Adele O’Connor of Springsure property “Mountain View” have been awarded the Reef Rescue award in the grain category for their outstanding work through the program.

Mountain View has been in the family for 127 years and sits South of the Springsure watershed of the Comet and Nogoa River Catchments with several creeks originating in the area. The O’Connor’s have reduced the amount of nutrients, sediment and chemicals flowing into these creeks and improved their bottom line by introducing a grazing and cropping management regime that rests pastures and improves pasture-cropping practices.

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Mission Beach banana grower takes out horticulture award

A banana farmer at Mission Beach in the Wet Tropics region of Far North Queensland has been awarded the top prize in the horticulture category of the inaugural Reef Rescue Awards.

Winner Ian Barnes had already made significant farming improvements on the family farm using his own funds but with the help of a well-timed Reef Rescue grant in 2011 (Cyclone Yasi wiped out their entire crop and destroyed their shed in February of that year), Ian was able to make further changes which improved both his soil and nutrient management, thereby reducing the risk of run-off from the property.

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Northern Gulf Resource Management Group awarded WIN TV Regional Achievement and Community Award

At the Win TV Regional Achievement and Community Awards Gala Dinner on the Sunshine Coast, the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (NGRMG) took out the Environment and Landcare category. This prestigious award recognises the efforts of groups or individuals that show a proven passion and dedication to reducing environmental impacts and empowering their local communities to improve their management practices.

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Local finalists creating YouTube hits!

Three local students from the Longreach School of Distance Education (LSODE) are to be congratulated on making the final of the Junior Landcare competition – Going the Distance.  Hayley Bowden and Hugh Spackman (Year 4), and Ivy Schmidt (Year 6), were among hundreds of entrants from the Queensland Schools of Distance Education.

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