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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Premier’s Sustainability Award winners are the ‘class’ of 2016

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Premier’s Sustainability Award winners are the ‘class’ of 2016

    Mater Misericordiae Limited has taken out the top prize at the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards at an awards presentation dinner on Thursday 17 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Mater Misericordiae Limited is leading the way in environmental best practice with sustainability initiatives achieving outstanding results in reducing clinical waste and increasing recycling.

    “Mater Misericordiae Limited won the Business Eco-efficiency Award and was also presented with the Premier’s Award recognising the organisation’s exemplary commitment to sustainability,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “Sustainable practices are incorporated in all areas of the organisation including energy and water use, waste management, procurement, facilities design, stakeholder engagement and transport.

    “By embracing innovation and a more sustainable approach in the way we do business and how we live our everyday lives we can all help protect Queensland’s unique environment.”

    Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said nearly 150 nominations were received from across Queensland from businesses, rural landholders, schools, communities and individuals for this year’s awards.

    “Now in its seventh year, the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards raise the profile of business sustainability as a strategy for business competitiveness,” Dr Miles said.

    “Each of the category winners represents diverse enterprises. Their achievements span corporate strategy, industrial eco-efficiency, rural sustainability, effective responses to climate change, urban development, community projects and new technologies.

    “I was delighted to present the Minister’s Award for Leadership in Sustainability for outstanding leadership in driving eco-efficiency and resource recovery to the Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation for their work restoring and rehabilitating the Mungalla wetland.”

    Dr Miles said other winners included young achiever Jacob Welch for his involvement in a state-of-the-art wastewater upgrade and renewable energy project at Teys Australia’s Beenleigh facility; small business Fun Over Fifty for its sustainable, eco-certified tours; and rural award winner MSF Sugar for its sustainable modern farming techniques.

    Award category winners received $2,500 to support their ongoing commitment to environmental excellence and sustainable practices.

    This year’s sponsors included Carlton & United Breweries, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, CitySmart, Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Expanded Polystyrene Australia and Insulated Panel Council Australasia, Glencore, Nugrow, Queensland Heritage Council, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Water and Land Carers, and the University of Southern Queensland.

    Network Ten Brisbane is also the proud media partner of the 2016 Premier's Sustainability Awards and play a key role in broadcasting and promoting environmental issues to a Queensland-wide audience.

    More information and a complete list of the 2016 awards finalists is available at www.ehp.qld.gov.au.

    A full list of winners is below:

    Premier’s Award – Mater Misericordiae Limited – Sustainability at Mater

    Minister's Award for Leadership in Sustainability – Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation – Rehabilitation of a culturally sensitive wetland

    Business Eco-Efficiency Award – Mater Misericordiae Limited – Sustainability at Mater

    Innovation in Sustainable Technologies Award – Natural Evolution – Nutro Lock

    Built Environment Award – Borgelt & Craig Architects – Sustainable fashion home studio

    Rural Award – MSF Sugar – Sustainability in modern farming practices

    Community Award – Moreton Bay Regional Council – Community Waste Minimisation program

    Sustainability in Education Award – Junction Park State School – Unlocking our environment and heritage

    Small Business Award – Fun Over Fifty – Being seen, Being green

    Sustainable Heritage Award – Brisbane City Council, Queensland Anzac Centenary Coordination Unit and Tanner Kibble Denton Architects– Anzac Square restoration

    Young Achievers Award – Jacob Welch – Teys Australia – Renewable energy development, carbon reduction, wastewater upgrade project and utilities reduction program