Redland City Council wins Healthy Waterways Award


Redland City Council has won the Sustainable Development category in the prestigious Healthy Waterways Awards, announced at a gala dinner on Friday night.

Council competed against five other finalists from across South East Queensland to win the award, which recognises projects that demonstrate best practice sustainable water management and environmental practices.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Alan Beard accepted the award for Council’s successful and ongoing Waterways Recovery Program.

“This award is recognition for all the hard work that our community and Council staff put in to improving the health of our local waterways,” Cr Beard said.

“The program is responsible for a dramatic recovery in waterways health.

“Our 2012 Healthy Waterways Report Card saw Redlands secure the best improvement in South East Queensland. Now we have added another accolade.

“A big thank you to everyone involved in monitoring, reporting, weeding, planting, investigating and testing to make changes on the land that improve our waterways’ health downstream.

“Council is committed to maintaining the health of our waterways. Healthy waterways mean a healthy Moreton Bay which is a magnificent natural asset and a very big part of our city.”

A second Council project, trialing commercial floating wetlands on Council and private water bodies, was a finalist in the Product and Manufacturing category of the awards.

Redland City Council spokesperson for Environment, Waterways and Foreshores Cr Paul Gleeson said it was great to be recognised in this category.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in both projects, including those who voted for them in the People’s Choice Award,” Cr Gleeson said.

Full details of the 2013 Healthy Waterways Awards will be available at www.healthywaterways.org

 Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard receiving the Sustainable Development Award, presented by Unity Water.

Redland City Deputy Mayor Cr Alan Beard receiving the Sustainable Development Award, presented by Unity Water.

Left to right, Councillor Beard with Redland City Council staff involved in waterways work, David Brown, Karen McNeale, Warren Mortlock, Michael Holland and Helena Malawkin.

Left to right, Councillor Beard with Redland City Council staff involved in waterways work, David Brown, Karen McNeale, Warren Mortlock, Michael Holland and Helena Malawkin.