Queensland NRM groups win National Awards

Media Release: Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, The Honourable Andrew Cripps

Several recent awards have highlighted the work done by Queensland’s regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups to protect and preserve natural resources.

Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said the awards demonstrated that Queensland’s 14 regional NRM groups were leading the way in natural resource management.

“Queensland’s NRM groups are doing great work to get the best outcomes for the State’s land, water and other natural resources by restoring and protecting rangelands, waterways, wetlands and wildlife habitats,” Mr Cripps said.

L-R: Simon Warner, CEO SEQ Catchments, John Herbert, Chair Condamine Alliance, Minister Andrew Cripps, Phil McCulough, CEO Condamine Alliance and Robert Smith, Chair SEQ Catchments.

Groups to receive awards include:

·         The Condamine Alliance has won the 2012 Australian Riverprize and the 2012 Banksia Environmental Award for Water, for its flagship Dewfish Demonstration Reach program

·         SEQ Catchments secured top honours in The Australian Business Awards 2012, winning the Environmental Sustainability category for their efforts in working with the community to protect and restore south east Queensland’s unique natural environment and biodiversity

·         SEQ Catchments also won an Australian Government NRM Award in Queensland at the 2012 Queensland Landcare Awards and two National Landcare awards

·         The Bunya Mountains Murri Ranger and Elders Council, supported by the Burnett Mary Regional Group, has won the National Landcare Indigenous award

·         The Northern Gulf Resource Management Group has won the Environment and Landcare category at the Regional Achievement and Community Awards on the Sunshine Coast for their Ghostnets Australia program

“These are significant achievements and I congratulate all involved in these worthwhile programs,” Mr Cripps said.

“The Newman Government will invest a total of $11 million through the Queensland Regional NRM Investment Program this financial year ensuring these bodies can continue their valuable work.

“The government is committed to working with and supporting regional bodies and community groups in managing the big issues confronting natural resource management in Queensland, such as dealing with weeds and pests and improving water quality outcomes.

“This funding helps ensure the regional NRM bodies can continue to help sustainably manage the natural resources that are critical for the success of the agriculture and tourism pillars of the Queensland economy. “

Media contacts:  Minister’s Office – Jane Paterson 047 281 754 Queensland Regional NRM Groups’ Collective – Samantha Morris 0421 709 519