Fitzroy NRM Region proud to host 5 Reef Champion finalists!

Across five categories, five finalists of the 2018 Reef Champion Awards originate from the Fitzroy NRM region. Two landholders, one primary school student, an extension officer and a community group have all been shortlisted for demonstrating excellence in their efforts to safeguard the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. (FBA), who nominated each of the finalists, would like to extend a huge congratulations to Yeppoon Inlet Association, 10-year-old Sid Crawshaw, grazier Matthew Hinz and pineapple farmer Nathan Stevens. FBA also supported the nomination of extension officer John Day by Burnett Mary Regional Group.

The winners will be announced at the Yeppoon Town Hall on 21 November 2018 at a function being coordinated by the Queensland and Australian governments with the support of the Reef Alliance group.

FBA Chief Executive Officer Paul Birch says the cross-section of Fitzroy finalists across five of the eight categories demonstrates the region’s amazing efforts across the board in protecting our natural assets.

“These five finalists are exemplary instances of innovation, passion and dedication across a diverse range of industries,” he said.
“Their stories and achievements are truly inspirational, and that is what builds momentum in regional communities.”

Since 2013, the Fitzroy NRM region has recorded a 9.6% reduction in sediment entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Mr Birch says that this figure is proof that the combination of local projects and initiatives are making substantial change happen.

“To showcase so many local successes is a credit to the finalists and to our community,” said Paul.
“I’m proud to be part of the Fitzroy NRM region and I want to extend a huge congratulations to Sid, Nathan, Matt, John and Yeppoon Inlet Association Inc. The title of finalist is not easily achieved, and it shows that these individuals, enterprises and community groups are among the best. We are incredibly lucky to have them as advocates for our environment in CQ”

The five Fitzroy NRM region finalists for the 2018 Reef Champion Awards are:
– Sid Crawshaw Finalist Reef Youth Champion Award
– Yeppoon Inlet Association Inc. Finalist Reef Community Champion Award
– Matthew Hinz Finalist Reef Sediment Champion Award
– Nathan Stevens Finalist Reef Pesticide Champion Award
– John Day Finalist Reef Extension Officer Champion Award

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