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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Queensland’s enthusiasm for environmental innovation and sustainability stronger than ever

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    Queensland’s enthusiasm for environmental innovation and sustainability stronger than ever

    Judging has begun in the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards with nearly 150 nominations received from businesses, rural landholders, schools, communities and individuals across Queensland.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the quality of the 2016 entries demonstrated that improving eco-efficiency was profitable and drove real market advantage by meeting the expectations of more environmentally aware consumers.

    “I am encouraged by the innovation and commitment that this year’s awards entries have displayed,” she said.

    “They are all shining examples to other Queenslanders of how becoming sustainable can yield rewarding results.

    “We are searching for eco-efficient initiatives that are good for business and the environment—and we’re focused on building stronger, more efficient, more robust communities.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said this year’s entries across the 10 categories comprised a diverse range of projects including an organic food waste and green waste compositing system, a major creek bank restoration, a state-of-the art waste water recycling system, environmental education and conservation programs and even sustainable drones.

    Winners of the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards will be announced on Thursday 17 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Award sponsors include 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.

    This year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards have also partnered with the Banksia Sustainability Awards to provide Queenslanders with an opportunity to have their sustainability achievements recognised on a national platform. 

    The 2016 Banksia Sustainability Awards comprise 11 category Awards, three specialist Awards as well as the overall Banksia Gold Award.

    Further information and tickets to the awards presentation dinner are available from www.ehp.qld.gov.au/premiersawards For further media enquiries contact Media Services on (07) 3339 5831 or email media@ehp.qld.gov.au

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