Region's rivers is the winner

Representatives of the 30 community groups and partners involved in the Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative
Representatives of the 30 community groups and partners involved in the Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative
Representatives of the 30 community groups and partners involved in the Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative at today's presentation

Last week at the International Rivers Symposium, a Sunshine Coast consortium took out one of the worlds most prestigious environmental awards—the 2011 Australian National Riverprize worth $195,000.
Today, Environment Portfolio Councillor Keryn Jones officially presented the impressive award to council and all the community groups and partners involved in winning the prize through the Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative.
The 2011 Australian National Riverprize recognises the efforts of over 30 community groups and partners who work together through the Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative to protect and improve the region’s six river catchments.
Six community representatives attended the official presentation including:
  • David Alward and Greg McKean from Night eyes
  • Richard Murphy – Queensland Water and Land Carers
  • Peter Morall and Rickie Muller from DERM
  • Joan Andrews – Currimundi Catchment Care Group
  • John Dillon and Cerran Fawns from Maroochy Waterwatch
  • Ian McConnel – DEEDI

 The Initiative is a collaboration of more than 30 community groups and government agencies and is headed by Sunshine Coast Council.
The goal of the initiative is to ensure our waterways are valued, healthy and enjoyed – both now, and in the future.
Community groups and partners involved in the Sunshine Coast Rivers Initiative include:
  • Landowners
  • River Champions
  • Noosa Integrated Catchment Association
  • Noosa and District Landcare
  • Noosa River Community and Industry Advisory Committee
  • Noosa Biosphere
  • Waterwatch Maroochy River
  • Maroochy Landcare
  • Barung Landcare
  • Petrie Creek Catchment Care Group
  • Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation
  • Waterwatch Mooloolah River
  • Pumicestone Region Catchment Coordination Association
  • Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee
  • Currimundi Catchment Care Group
  • Friends of Currimundi Lake
  • Coolum Area Parks Society
  • Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group
  • Brisbane Valley-Kilcoy Landcare
  • Water and Landcare Night Eyes
  • Coolum District Coast Care
  • Sunshine Coast Environment Council
  • Healthy Waterways Partnership
  • SEQ Catchments
  • Sustainable Schools
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • The University of Queensland
  • Unity Water
  • SEQ Water
  • Underwater World
  • Queensland Government
  • Caring for our Country – Australian Government