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2003 BANKSIA ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP IN INFRASTRUCTURE & SERVICES AWARD

 2003 BANKSIA ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP IN INFRASTRUCTURE & SERVICES AWARD

Douglas Shire Council, QLD

The Douglas Shire Council is a working example of an organisation seeking to be sustainable by aiming at maintaining a healthy economy, vibrant communities and a thriving biophysical environment. The Douglas Shire Council is a small rural region on the coastline of North East Australia. It is the only place in the World where two World Heritage areas meet: the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland. Nearly 80% of the Shire is World Heritage listed. Its economy is built on a relatively new tourism industry and an established agriculture sector. The Shire accommodates a million visitors a year and produces a million tonnes of sugar cane, cattle and a variety of fruit crops. It also has one of the oldest intact surviving indigenous communities in the world, the Kuku Yalanji. The Shire Council demonstrates how a partnership between community, industry, science and government can create a sustainable region and deliver local, national and global goals. Accordingly, the DSC is widely recognised as a leader, through its forward-looking and innovative initiatives, demonstrating excellence in environmental management in a world-class environment

Finalists:

  • Carrara Catchment Urban Stormwater Initiative – Gold Coast City Council, QLD
  • Muller Industries: Utilising An Environmentally Responsible Approach In Reducing The Risk Of Legionella Outbreaks in Air Conditioning Systems
  • The Sustainable Built Environment – Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, WA
  • The Marina Hindmarsh Island