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Seqwater has congratulated Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group for their receival of the Rural and Agriculture category award at the Healthy Waterways Awards (QLD).

Eleven individuals and organisations were honoured at the event for their work to protect and improve South East Queensland’s waterways.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Peter Dennis, said the work undertaken by finalists had contributed significantly towards bettering the health of Seqwater’s water supply catchments.

“The condition of the catchments surrounding our drinking water storages and key waterways significantly impacts on the quality of water available for treatment,” Mr Dennis said.

“Improving our catchment health is vital to ensuring an affordable, secure and sustainable water supply for our region into the future.”

Mr Dennis said the Healthy Waterways Awards celebrated important catchment work across the region.

“It was an honour to be a finalist alongside other individuals, groups and organisations who make a positive difference to the region’s waterways,” he said.

“Seqwater is proud to support the Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group to undertake important rural waterway health programs through a 10-year funding agreement.

“During 2014, the group started around 10 new on-ground projects to improve water quality within the catchment. The group’s award win is testimony to their continued efforts.”

Mr Dennis said Seqwater had supported three of the 12 award categories.

Winners of the Seqwater-sponsored awards were:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Sharon Crabbe, Hilder Road State School Parents & Citizens Association
  • Waterways Champion Award: Robert Hampson, West Moreton Landcare Group
  • Research Award: Impact of ingested marine debris, The University of Queensland’s Moreton Bay Research Station

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