An independent panel have recognised those who have actively helped to protect and improve South East Queensland’s waterways at the recent Healthy Waterways Awards ceremony.

Seqwater is a finalist in two categories, the Water Services Award and the Rural and Agricultural Award.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Peter Dennis, said it was an honour to be a finalist alongside other individuals, groups and organisations who were making a positive difference to the region’s waterways through various projects and initiatives.

“Seqwater has been nominated for a Water Services Award for our upgrade to the Image Flat Water Treatment Plant at Nambour,” Mr Dennis said.

“The upgrade of the plant’s sludge handling system and chemical dosing system has led to significant improvements to the quality of the water leaving the plant site and entering the region’s waterways.

“Seqwater is also a finalist for the Rural and Agriculture Award for the Farm Flow Project, which was undertaken in partnership with Maroochy Landcare. This project supported 17 rural landholders to protect and improve water quality in the South Maroochy Catchment through improved land management.”

Mr Dennis said the Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group was also a finalist for the Rural and Agriculture Award.

“Seqwater supports the group to undertake important rural waterway health programs through a 10-year funding agreement,” he said.

“We greatly value the important contribution which catchment and landcare groups provide to protect and improve the health of our water supply catchments and are proud to support them in their efforts.”

Mr Dennis said Seqwater was proud to again support the Healthy Waterways Awards through sponsorship of three of the 11 categories.

“Those nominated are responsible for raising the profile of current waterway health issues and by doing so, are inspiring others to take action,” he said.

“This year Seqwater is sponsoring the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Waterways Champion Award and the Research Award.”

Mr Dennis congratulated all category finalists for their contributions to South East Queensland’s waterways.

“All are worthy recipients of nomination and should be proud of their work,” he said.

The Healthy Waterways Awards winners, who are judged by an independent panel of experts, will be announced at an awards night on Friday 19 June.

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