New problems need new solutions
  • Wednesday 11 June 2008

Maroochy Biodiversity Strategy a national Banksia Award finalist

The judges agree, new problems need new solutions, nominating Council’s Maroochy Biodiversity Strategy a finalist in the local government category of the Banksia Awards.

The Banksia Awards confer Australia’s highest honour to individuals and organisations for their efforts making a positive difference to our environment. They recognise innovation and inspiring leadership that motives others to take up the vision and practice of environmental excellence.

The Maroochy Biodiversity Strategy addresses the environmental challenges facing seachange destinations like the Sunshine Coast. While offering a lifestyle enviable for clean beaches, fresh air and untouched natural areas, the development and infrastructure supporting a growing population threatens the core values that make the area so desirable.

Environment Portfolio Councillor, Keryn Jones said in searching for an answer Council went well beyond assessing the region’s biodiversity and identifying the major threats from housing, population growth and new infrastructure.

“This knowledge drove policy change and funding initiatives, education and management plans, and community partnership to meet the community’s growing demand for environmentally responsible government.”

The Awards will be announced on Friday 18 July at the Banksia Environmental Foundation’s 20th Anniversary gala celebration in Melbourne. The gala night will be attended by the Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd and the federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Mr Peter Garrett AM.