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Welcome to the March edition of the Healthy Waterways News

This enews provides a short update on Healthy Waterways' activities. Please visit our website for more information.

Happy Easter from the Healthy Waterways Team!

Important Dates

29 March: Good Friday
30 March: Earth Hour (switch off at 8:30pm)
31 March: Easter Sunday
1 April: Easter Monday
7 April: World Health Day
22 April: Earth Day
25 April: Anzac Day

Community 'Bag It' Screenings

Healthy Waterways has been supporting South East Queensland community groups to host community screening events of the powerful documentary ‘Bag It’. Screenings have been held at Macleay Island, Bond University, The Queensland Museum and Logan Village School. Join us at the next screening event:
When: Friday 5 April
Time: 6:00pm
Where: Robina Community Centre, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina
Cost: Free
The night includes a screening of the documentary followed by audience discussion around solutions to address the problem of marine debris and waterway litter. If you are interested in holding a special screening of 'Bag It' for your school or local community, please contact Rachael Nasplezes.

Celebrate with us

Entries for the 2013 Healthy Waterways Awards have now closed. Thank you to everyone who made a submission. Winners will be announced at the ‘new look’ Healthy Waterways Awards Gala Dinner – purchase your tickets online now!

When: Friday 31 May, 2013
Where: Sofitel Hotel, 229 Turbot Street, Brisbane
Time: 6.00pm - approx 10.30pm
Dress: Cocktail/Dinner Suit
Cost: $132 per person (includes 2 course dinner, drinks and entertainment)
Early Bird: $115.50 per person (book before 24 April)
Group: $115.50 per person for a table of 10.

This is a wonderful opportunity to network and honour the champions of waterway health. View photos from last year’s event on our Facebook Page. Tickets are available for purchase online until 24 May 2013. Seating is limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Vote for your favourite!

For the first time, we are launching a People’s Choice Award as part of the Healthy Waterways Awards! The People’s Choice Award is being supported by 7 News and will open for voting on Wednesday 17 April 2013. Anyone and everyone will be invited to vote for who theybelieve is the most outstanding Awards finalist.  All of the category finalists will be eligible for the Award and a cash prize of $1,000. Stay tuned for more information!

Key Dates
Finalists Announced: Wednesday 17 April
People’s Choice Voting Opens: Wednesday 17 April
People’s Choice Voting Closes: Monday 20 May
Awards Gala Dinner:  Friday 31 May

Healthy Waterways welcomes sponsors

Healthy Waterways is pleased to welcome Target Australia and Seqwater on board as Gold Sponsors of the Healthy Waterways Awards.

“At Target we believe it is important to work together with our local communities to reduce our impact on the environment and create a better future. We are proud to foster the efforts of young environmental champions through our support of the Healthy Waterways Water Warrior Awards for secondary and primary school students.” Target Australia.

“Seqwater is proud to support the Healthy Waterways Awards. Seqwater is responsible for delivering safe, quality water to more than three million people in South East Queensland. Maintaining good catchment and waterway health is essential to delivering safe water to our community. To do this, we have an extensive water quality monitoring program and we work closely with Healthy Waterways to help us monitor the health of our catchments and waterways.” Seqwater.

Healthy Waterways gratefully acknowledges the support received from our Healthy Waterways Awards sponsors: Seqwater, Target Australia, BMT WBM, BP, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland Urban Utilities, Unitywater, Veolia Water Australia, Scenic Rim Regional Council, SEQ Catchments, Sunshine Coast Council and our media partners 7 News and 4BC.

Clean Up Australia Day wrap up

Healthy Waterways and Brisbane Catchments Network hosted a cleanup event as part of Cleanup Australia to remove flood litter and debris from the Queensport Rocks Park before it was washed into Moreton Bay. Approximately 50 volunteers, including the Belmont Scouts, braved the wet weather and collected over 30 large bags of rubbish. Channel 7 and the South East Advertiser also attended the event.

View photos from the day on our facebook page.

This event was proudly supported by Healthy Waterways,  Brisbane Catchments NetworkQLD Urban UtilitiesQLD WaterConservation Volunteers Australia and SEQ Catchments.

Caring for our Country

Healthy Waterways has been working with our Network Members to develop five Caring for our Country (CfoC) Grant applications. Three of these have been submitted as EOI’s and the other two will be submitted as direct applications. The CfoC applications support and expand current activities and are consistent with the Healthy Waterways Strategic Plan. The five applications are:
1)       Keep it Clean: Protecting our waterways by improved construction site management
2)       Healthy Waterways Connected Communities: WSUD and SEQ suburbs
3)       Moreton Bay Marine Debris and Waterway Litter Initiative
4)       Managing our Water Assets Better
5)       Moreton Bay Cleanup Program.

For more information, please contact Shelley Baldwin.

Erosion & Sediment Control

Our Water by Design team is working with local governments to reduce the impact sediment from construction sites has on our waterways. This is being done through a regional Erosion and Sediment Control Compliance Capacity Building Program that will aid local governments and the development industry. This project is poised to be a game-changer for erosion and sediment control compliance by improving compliance actions, empowering officers and enabling better decision making, which in turn influences better outcomes on-ground.

For more information, please contact Steve Tracey.

Water by Design

The Water by Design team has assembled a Steering Committee of water practitioners from government, non-government and private sectors to provide leadership to, and participate in the mission of the Water by Design program. The mission of Water by Design is to “Build the capacity of the water, infrastructure and development sectors to successfully integrate and manage water sustainably”. The Steering Committee meets four times a year and works closely with the Integrated Urban Water Scientific Expert Panel, chaired by Dr. Andre Taylor. Water by Design team is excited to work with this passionate group of people.

Some of the key projects that are currently being delivered in close partnership with our members include:
·         Erosion and Sediment Control Compliance Capacity Building (see above)
·         Vegetated Stormwater Asset Management Training
·         Waterbody Guidelines.
For more information, please contact Andrew O’Neill.

Communication Education and Motivation

Over the past six months, the Communication, Education and Motivation (CEM) Steering Committee has held three workshops and conducted surveys of CEM Stakeholders to determine the program’s strategic direction for the future. Through this, it has been determined that the CEM Program will focus on three key areas:
·         ‘Connect to your creek’ – engaging the community with their local creek
·         Waterway litter
·         Floods, droughts and resilience.
On 7 March, the CEM Steering Committee held a session with Dr Doug Mackenzie Mohr, a world renowned expert and founder of Community Based Social Marketing, to begin development of a regional behaviour change campaign focused on reducing waterway litter.

For more information, please contact Anna Costas.

Natural wonder restored despite Oswald

Myora Springs on North Stradbroke Island is known for its natural beauty as well as a site of cultural significance to the Quandamooka people. It is a freshwater spring directly adjoining both remnant coastal rainforest to one side and mangrove communities on the other.

A need was identified to control the unintentional erosion and a loss of vegetation, including mangrove dieback, arising from increased human traffic from visitors, to ensure that this unique place was preserved.
Without these erosion control works, it is thought that the erosion effects would have been compounded following Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

Visit the SEQ Catchments website for more information.

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