Reef Rescue Awards to recognise champion land managers

Media Release 1 March 2013

The inaugural Reef Rescue Awards have been launched today, calling for nominations from champion land managers who have been working to reduce their off-farm impact on the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

Andrew Drysdale, Chief Executive Officer of Queensland’s Regional NRM Groups’ Collective, a member of the Reef Rescue Alliance partnership, said he is excited about the announcement of the awards as it means that the farmers and graziers who have been working to change their practices for the better will be recognised for their efforts and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

“A diversity of projects have been undertaken by land managers which aim to improve the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. People are voluntarily working to reduce the run-off of nutrients, chemicals and sediment from their land so that we can protect the reef for future generations.”

“I encourage anyone engaged in the Reef Rescue program to consider nominating for an award or if you know someone who deserves recognition for their work, put forward a nomination on their behalf,” he said.

QFF CEO Dan Galligan said the awards were an opportunity to highlight the role that farmers play in land stewardship, and were also another way to showcase the collaborative nature of the program.

“Reef Rescue is so successful because it works for mutually beneficial outcomes for farms and the environment. There have been many worthwhile projects undertaken during the first stage of Reef Rescue, and these awards will allow us to showcase some of the great achievements,” Mr Galligan said.

The Reef Rescue program takes a coordinated approach to restoring the health of Australia’s environment and is a five year, $200 million investment by the Australian Government under its Caring for our Country initiative.

The Reef Rescue Awards application form and further information about the awards can be found at www.rgc.org.au/category/reef-rescue. Award applications close at 5pm on the 29 March 2013.

The Reef Rescue awards will be held in conjunction with the Reef Science Water Quality Forum being held in Cairns on the 9 and 10 May. Winners will be announced at the Reef Rescue Awards event to be held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Cairns on the evening of 9 May 2013.

Interview                      

Andrew Drysdale, CEO Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective
0407 634 224

Dan Galligan, CEO Queensland Farmers’ Federation
(07) 3837 4747