Nominations are open for awards
THE Lockyer Valley might seem a long way from the sea but actions of farmers here can impact the health of the waterways which run out towards the reef.
Outstanding land managers and extension officers have the opportunity to be recognised through the 2017 Reef Alliance Reef Awards.
The Reef Alliance is seeking nominations from those working to reduce their off-farm impact on the iconic Great Barrier Reef, with entries open until October 2.
Chair of the Reef Alliance Joanne Grainger said that farmers play an essential role as land managers and it was important to acknowledge and celebrate those who were excelling in their role as environmental stewards.
“The awards provide industry and the broader community the opportunity to celebrate farmers, for the first time, extension officers who work to change practices for the better,” said Ms Grainger.
“The Australian Government’s Reef Programs have been very
successful in supporting and delivering mutually beneficial outcomes for farmers and the environment. The government should be commended for investing in the collaborative and productive partnerships forged between industry and Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups.
Nominations are being sought for the following awards: Reef Nutrient Management Award, Reef Sendiment Management Award, Reef Pesticide Management Award, Reef Conservation Award, Reef Extension Officer’s Award, Prince of Wales Environmental Leadership-reef
“Farmers continue to change their farming practices, improve on-farm infrastructure and implement best management environmental practices.
“These positive actions are making huge improvements to the quality of the water leaving the farm, significantly contributing to the health of the Reef.”
The awards are sponsored by the Reef Trust: Reef Alliance – Growing a Great Barrier Reef project, which is funded by the Australian Government Reef Trust.
Details and nominations at www.qff.org.au/projects/ reef-alliance/awards/
FARMERS RECOGNISED: Nominations for the 2017 Reef Alliance Reef Awards are open until October 2.