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Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative wins 2011 National Riverprize

International RiverFoundation (IRF) awarded the Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative (coordinated by the Sunshine Coast Council and Partners) the National Riverprize for excellence in improving river health and engaging numerous communities in the Sunshine Coast region.

The 2011 National Riverprize was announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner on 27 September during the 14th International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia.

Funded by the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative, the $195,000 National Riverprize is the largest prize for environmental achievement in Australia.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council Mayor, Councillor Bob Abbot, thanked the Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative team for not relying on guidance but for having passion for what they do.

“This is all about protecting the one thing that keeps us alive, our rivers and streams, our water,” Cr Abbot said.

Dr Stephen Skull, Manager of Environmental Policy and Programs at the Sunshine Coast Regional Council said “the great thing about this award is the recognition it gives to the community groups that toil away each day on these programs”.

Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative won the award for their impressive collection of river-health planning and on-ground achievement in six catchment areas, totalling approximately 5000km of waterways across the Sunshine Coast and South East Queensland.

“The Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative has done an inspiring job engaging the number of communities they have and working together to improve the rivers around the area, they are very deserving winners” International RiverFoundation CEO, Matthew Reddy said.

“More than at any other time, this award means a lot to Queensland after the floods in 2011. Both finalists underscore the value rivers bring to our lives in Queensland and how communities, government and business can work together to ensure our rivers continue to support tourism, agriculture, healthy lifestyles and biodiversity,” Reddy said.

The Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative was chosen over the other outstanding Australian finalist which was Project Catalyst Queensland.

Each year, the National Riverprize is presented, along with the Thiess International Riverprize, at the International Riversymposium.

Visit the International RiverFoundation website for further details


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