Dairy has always been a proactive industry when it comes to natural resource management and we should celebrate this by showing our wider community the custodial nature of our farmers.
The Reef Alliance Awards is a fantastic opportunity to do this. It is important to recognise the efforts our farmers are making towards improving their land management practices.
I encourage all farmers to nominate their neighbour farmers who should be recognised for their contribution towards improving the quality of water through either improved nutrient, sediment or pesticide management on their farms.
In previous years of the Reef Awards, we have celebrated farmers such as Dennis Brynes from the Atherton Tablelands who continues to make improvements to his effluent management system, irrigation system and riparian areas through creek crossing.
Nominations for the following awards close on 2 October 2017:
- Reef Nutrient Management Award
- Reef Sediment Management Award
- Reef Pesticide Management Award
- Reef Conservation Award
- Reef Extension Officer’s Award
- Prince of Wales Environmental Leadership – Reef Sustainability Award
The winning primary producer or enterprise for each category will receive a trophy and the opportunity to attend a study tour at the Heron Island Research Station in early 2018. The award will be presented at the Reef Awards Dinner in Townsville on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 in conjunction with the Queensland Government’s Annual GBR Synthesis Forum.
The Reef 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/reef-alliance/awards