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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Still time to nominate for the 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, August 11, 2015

    Still time to nominate for the 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards

    Queensland’s sustainability champions still have time to meet the August 14 deadline to nominate for the 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged Queensland's leading energy, water and waste savers as well as environment and community groups, and sustainable schools to nominate their projects in the 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

    Nominations are encouraged from Queensland businesses, individuals, communities, schools, not-for-profit organisations and local councils for projects or initiatives that are Queensland-based.

    Ms Palaszczuk said the awards highlighted the achievements of Queenslanders who show leadership in environmental excellence and who lead the way with technical innovation to reduce environmental impacts.

    “These awards are a great example of how this government will encourage and support sustainable business practices that improve both the health of the environment and the bottom line for businesses to grow and generate jobs,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Finalists and winners will be recognised for their Queensland projects that show outstanding innovation resulting in reduced environmental impact.”

    Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Dr Steven Miles said the Queensland Government encourages sustainable entrepreneurship.

    “I am impressed with the exceptional practices and products being developed right here in Queensland which tackle climate change and improve sustainability,” Dr Miles said.

    “Sustainable business practices build a sustainable future, and Queensland's eco champions should showcase what they do best.

    “Not only are sustainable business practices good for the environment, it is a way to reduce costs and open up opportunities.”

    The 2015 award categories include:

    • Built Environment
    • Business Eco-efficiency
    • Community
    • Innovation in Sustainable Technologies
    • Rural
    • Small Business
    • Minister’s Award for Leadership in Sustainability
    • Sustainable Heritage
    • Sustainability in Education
    • Young Achievers award

    "The new Young Achievers Award recognises Queensland’s young and emerging sustainability champions who are reaping the benefits of energy, water and waste efficiencies as part of everyday business.

    “The pinnacle of the 2015 awards program is the Premier’s Award, recognising an individual or group who have made an outstanding contribution to promoting and advancing business sustainability in Queensland.

    “Each category winner will also receive $2500 to support ongoing sustainability projects.

    “Winners will be announced at an awards presentation dinner hosted by the Premier on Thursday 5 November 2015 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.”

    Applications for the 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards can be completed online at www.ehp.qld.gov.au/premiersawards or by phoning (07) 3339 5873.

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