Banksia Award winners
John Bishop, Di Tarte and Terry Wall accept the Banksia Water Award for the SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership
Banksia Water Award: SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership
Protection for protection, conservation or enhancement of Australia's freshwater resources and marine environments
Winner: A Voice for Water, South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership
Banksia Education Award: Monash University
Development and delivery of educational programs: that addressed and contributed to the protection, enhancement and sustainability of the environment.
Winner: Green Steps Program, Monash University, Monash Sustainability Institute
IWC partner South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership has won the 2009 Banksia Environmental Award for Water in recognition for its dedication to protecting and improving the waterways of South East Queensland, while IWC member university Monash University's environmental training program Green Steps has won the education category. The Banksia Environmental Awards are regarded as the most prestigious environmental awards in Australia.
The Awards were announced at the Banksia Foundation's 21st award evening on 24 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Particular achievements noted by the judges include the development of the SEQ Healthy Waterways Strategy, increasing the uptake of Water Sensitive Urban Design and providing scientific advice to assist in evaluating and prioritising management actions across South East Queensland. The Ecosystem Health Report Card which gives an annual snapshot of waterway health was highly commended.
Professor Paul Greenfield, Vice Chancellor of The University of Queensland and Chair of the Partnership's Scientific Expert Panel, congratulated the Partnership on winning the Award. "In the field of waterway and catchment ecosystem health, there is no other organisation in Australia to match the scale, complexity, durability, collaborative approach and success of the science-driven South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership," he said.
Monash’s Green Steps program turns talk and passion into action to create a sustainable future. Developed by students for students, this hands-on sustainability education and leadership program empowers participants with the skills and knowledge to drive environmentally sustainable practices within organisations and the wider community.
Celebrating its tenth year, Green Steps has been recognised for providing businesses and students with practical skills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve their environmental performance.
Photo courtesy of Helen Ross