SEQ Catchments wins Australian Business Award second year running

SEQ Catchments wins Australian Business Award second year running

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Damage from traditional moorings is evident at low tide

SEQ Catchments has won the Environmental Sustainability category in the Australian Business Awards 2013 in recognition of its ground breaking work to protect seagrass beds and the economically important industries of Moreton Bay.

The Moreton Bay Seagrass Recovery Program replaced traditional moorings with Australian designed seagrass friendly moorings in the largest seagrass recovery effort ever achieved in Australia.

Seagrass is expected to regrow over an area the size of 18 football fields and improve a further 120ha of marine ecosystems, by removing the ‘crop circle’ effect of traditional moorings in which chains drag around on seagrass meadows as the tide moves in and out.

This is the second year running that SEQ Catchments has received national recognition from the business community; in 2012 it was recognised for its work in the community to protect and restore South East Queensland’s unique natural environment and biodiversity via the SEQ NRM Plan 2009-2031, the non-statutory environment and natural resource management plan for the region.

SEQ Catchments CEO Simon Warner says, “The Moreton Bay Seagrass Recovery Program is an example of our innovative approach to achieving economic and environmental outcomes.

“Protecting seagrass is vital to Moreton Bay's economically valuable nature-based tourism, and commercial and recreational fishing industries. Seagrass meadows are the nursery grounds for many commercial fish and crustacean species; they provide feeding grounds for dugongs and green and loggerhead turtles as well as playing an important role in preventing coastal erosion. Their importance cannot be underestimated.

“It is extremely gratifying to receive national recognition from the broader business community of the economic relevance of environmental sustainability.

“The natural beauty and resources of South East Queensland are important economically and are much of the reason why people come to live here,” Mr Warner says.

Ms Tara Johnston, Program Director, The Australian Business Awards says, “SEQ Catchments is a worthy recipient and has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that stands out amongst a dynamic field of Australia’s elite.

“The Australian Business Awards recognise our most innovative organisations, their outstanding achievements and contribution to the Australian economy. The awards raise the bar across all aspects of quality management and provide organisations with ways to review their business and product performance as well as identify their core strengths,” Ms Johnston adds.

“An Australian Business Award solidifies SEQ Catchments as a leader alongside our best in business. As well as achieving outstanding outcomes, the honourees have enhanced the reputation of their professions and have demonstrated their best endeavours across business, industry and the community.”

The Australian Business Awards 2013 saw one hundred winners (ABA100) announced across twenty business and product award categories.

The business entries were assessed using key criteria covering planning, research and development, execution and implementation, impact and outcomes, performance management and industry contributions.

The Moreton Bay Seagrass Recovery Program was funded by Wetlandcare Australia, Oceanwatch Australia and the Australian Government Caring for our Country Program, and have been delivered in partnership with Fisheries Queensland, Maritime Safety Queensland, Moreton Bay Marine Park, the Queensland Recreational Boating Council, the University of Queensland and the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation.

You can view a video about the Moreton Bay Seagrass Recovery Program. Click here for further information about the Moreton Bay Seagrass Recovery Program.
Click here for a full list of 2013 Winners.

Further information: Sibel Korhaliller, 0488 713 340,
Jose Abad, 0403 930 380,

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