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    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Business and the environment big winners in EPA’s inaugural sustainability awards

    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Tuesday, May 16, 2006

    Business and the environment big winners in EPA’s inaugural sustainability awards

    Currumbin property developer Landmatters, Australian icon Foster’s Yatala brewery and a Far North Queensland banana farm are among the winners in Queensland’s inaugural Environmental Protection Agency Sustainable Industries Awards.

    Environment Minister Desley Boyle last night recognised the seven category winners at a gala dinner ceremony at the Brisbane Sofitel showcasing Queensland’s "champions of sustainability”.

    “These awards aim to increase awareness of sustainable practices by highlighting the terrific work that businesses and industry are doing right across the State,” Ms Boyle said.

    “The award winners are leading Queensland businesses who have implemented sustainable practices that are good for the environment and for business.

    “By highlighting the benefits of initiatives such as using less energy, cutting fertiliser use or recycling water, I hope more companies will be inspired to take up the challenge to be more sustainable.”

    The winners in the seven categories are:

    • Minister’s Award for Leadership in Business Sustainability

    Landmatters Currumbin Valley managing director Chris Walton

    • Industrial Eco-efficiency Award

    Fosters Australia Brewery, Yatala

    • Corporate Sustainability Award

    North Australian Pastoral Company Pty Ltd

    • Innovation in Sustainable Technologies

    Biolytix Wastewater Treatment System, Maleny

    • Sustainability in Public Sector or Community Initiatives

    Gold Coast Water – Home WaterSaver Service

    • Sustainability in Urban Development or the Built Environment

    Landmatters Currumbin Valley – Currumbin ‘EcoVillage’

    • Rural Sustainability Award

    Pacific Coast Eco Bananas, Mourilyan

    “We had 115 entries – which is terrific news for business in the SmartState. Queensland businesses can lead the nation and implement sustainable practices that are good for the environment and the bottom line.”

    Finalists were judged by a panel of industry representatives. Entries had to be Queensland-based and making significant reductions in energy, water and waste use in ways that could be adopted by other organisations.

    The inaugural EPA Sustainable Industries Awards were proudly supported by Hatch, Natural Solutions Environmental Consultants, Bendigo Bank, Ergon Energy, Stewart Silver King and Burns Community Managers and Queensland Farmers’ Federation.

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