The people and organisations that continue to enhance its environmental qualities are to be recognised at special awards in November.
The people and organisations that continue to enhance its environmental qualities are to be recognised at special awards in November. Craig Warhurst

Mary River Festival enviro awards

THE people behind the environmental achievements of the Mary Valley will be celebrated in November with six categories of awards for individuals and groups involved in habitat restoration work along the full length of the Mary River.

Save the Mary River Co-ordinating group president Glenda Pickersgill is currently in Mexico, where she will tell a major international conference about the community efforts behind saving the Mary from the Traveston Crossing dam proposal.

She said it was time to acknowledge the people whose work continues to improve the environment of the Mary Basin.

Awards organiser Jane Davissen said the event, to be presented on November 13, would highlight the achievements of the individuals, groups and businesses who nominate.

“There are many people doing things for the environment in our Mary River catchment. It is inspiring to see people working to protect and enhance the environment in innovative and exciting ways,” she said.

“Nominations need to be received by 5pm on Friday, October 22, and conditions and nomination forms are available from the Save the Mary Museum and River Education Centre at Kandanga, Gympie Regional Gallery or on the internet at www.savethemaryriver.com.

“The awards will be announced at the Mary River Festival on November 13,” Ms Davissen said.

The six award categories for which people can nominate are:

  • River research project;
  • Water saving innovation;
  • Community education innovation;
  • River recreation innovation;
  • Youth innovation project; and
  • Habitat restoration

Ms Davissen said all six categories were open to entries from individuals, groups or organisations. who have worked to “improve, protect or enhance the valuable of the Mary River environment”.

The awards would “especially seek to recognise innovation in ideas, projects and achievements,” she said.

Gympie Times


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