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2014 Premier's Sustainability Awards winners and finalists

The winners and finalists were announced at a gala dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 30 May, view a photo gallery from the event.

Premier's Award

Matthew Bourke, Councillor for Jamboree Ward; Megan Jones, Practice Director, TKD Architects; Brendan Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Canegrowers.

Matthew Bourke, Councillor for Jamboree Ward; Megan Jones, Practice Director, TKD Architects; Brendan Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Canegrowers.

Winner

Tanner Kibble Denton Architects in association with TannerGHD

The Brisbane City Hall Restoration Project is an outstanding example of how sustainable heritage can be achieved through architectural innovation.

The restoration of City Hall has successfully balanced original design with contemporary amenities and new energy efficient services to secure the building’s sustainable future, and to showcase its unique architectural qualities.

Brisbane City Hall is now a restored and vibrant meeting place—re-equipped for its role as the focus for Brisbane's civic, cultural, and social events.

Minister's Award for Leadership in Sustainability

Jason Spears, General Manager Queensland Construction of Thiess; Tony and Lynn Rees, Managing Directors Groundworks; Andrew Powell, former Minister of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Jason Spears, General Manager Queensland Construction of Thiess; Tony and Lynn Rees, Managing Directors Groundworks; Andrew Powell, former Minister of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Winner

Groundworks for Eco blanket

Ecoblanket is a world-first, hose-on groundcover that controls erosion and provides a mix of compost and seed to large scale landscaping and building projects

Specialised machinery can treat thousands of square metres per day, spraying a specially designed mix of seed and compost with a 90% germination rate of the cover crop, within a few days of application.

Finalist

Sean Cochrane and Allsafe Energy Efficient Products Townsville

Allsafe Energy Efficient Products have shown that energy efficient purchases don’t equate to higher costs, but rather long-term savings for the customer.

The company’s modern show room uses visual displays and working models that demonstrate the features, benefits and savings delivered through green efficient products.

Trading on a “reduce before you produce” philosophy, Sean Cochrane sources products locally to assist the local economy, reduce travel miles and reduce energy consumption.

Finalist

NuGrow Pty Ltd

NuGrow has developed and operates a number of waste recycling and composting facilities which offer an alternative to landfill. Organic wastes are received, modified and turned into beneficial resources including soil conditioners and fertile compost.

NuGrow’s Swanbank facility is the first in Queensland to treat organic waste this way to produce a product that improves the health of soils to rejuvenate degraded pasture and cropping lands.

 

Built Environment Award

John Moynihan, Director of Ecolateral; Debbie Firrell, wife of the Director (John Firrell), Sovereign Homes; John Flatley, Designer, Sovereign Homes; Megan Houghton, CEO, CitySmart.

John Moynihan, Director of Ecolateral; Debbie Firrell, wife of the Director (John Firrell), Sovereign Homes; John Flatley, Designer, Sovereign Homes; Megan Houghton, CEO, CitySmart.

Winner

Sovereign Homes

Designed to meet the growing demand for luxury homes, Sovereign Homes’ Beachmere Project uses the highest standards of sustainable design and construction to enhance efficiencies at minimal cost.

Construction processes were reviewed throughout the build to ensure the most environmentally sound outcomes were achieved, delivering a luxurious sustainable home with a contemporary feel including modern textures and finishes.

Finalist

Norman Disney and Young

247 Adelaide Street is a commercial office tower which has graced Brisbane's CBD skyline for over 40 years.  In 2012, Norman, Disney and Young recommended a plan to slash energy consumption and lift the building's energy rating from zero to a 5 Star rating.

Upgrades have delivered ‘Green Building’ status that provides 5 Star Energy certified performance, making it one of the oldest buildings in Queensland to achieve this rating—achieving an annual energy saving of $64,000.

Finalist

Arup

Working in a design collaboration, Arup has helped deliver Australia's greenest education building.

The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute at its St Lucia Campus has been designed to meet the world's most advanced levels of sustainability.

Innovative acoustics and fire engineering are some of the elements that showcase Arup’s cutting-edge design for sustainability.

The paperless and open-plan building provides a Carbon Neutral and Zero Energy, Water and Waste working and learning environment.

Business Eco-efficiency Award

Paul Lutz, Environment Manager and Brisbane Airport Corporation Environment team; Charlie Foxall, Healy, Safety and Environment Manager, Carlton and United Breweries.

Paul Lutz, Environment Manager and Brisbane Airport Corporation Environment team; Charlie Foxall, Healy, Safety and Environment Manager, Carlton and United Breweries.

Winner

Brisbane Airport Corporation

In the last 12 months, Brisbane Airport Corporation has implemented 32-energy saving projects resulting in a 7 gigawatt per hour drop in energy consumption.

Its recycled water network and storm water capture, LED lighting, solar power and waste minimisation programs are delivering significant savings in energy, water and waste.

Brisbane Airport Corporation’s global perspective on sustainability aims to balance the built environment and biodiversity values and achieve best practice in urban and built design.

Finalist

Sustainability at Mater

The Mater has achieved sustainability success across the entire organisation.

Among its achievements, the Mater has implemented energy efficient lighting, recycling and clinical waste reduction programs, reusable cups and jugs to replace bottles water, and refrigeration and air-conditioning efficiencies.

Staff are encourged to participate by turning off appliances when not in use, recycling, dual printing and taking greener transport options.

Finalist

Uniting Care

Uniting Care has dramatically reduced energy, water, and waste across its 297 properties—cutting operational costs by more than $50,000.

Energy audits have resulted in removing unnecessary lighting; reducing air conditioning hours; installing timers on boilers and chilled water fountains; and upgrading inefficient vending machines.

The initiatives are supported by a goGreen team that encourages innovation and ensures sustainability is integrated across all areas of Uniting Care.

 

Community Award

Ngaire McGaw, parent volunteer; Malcolm Frizzell, Senior Community Strengthening Manager, Bendigo Bank; Louise McGuire and Megan Daley from St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School.

Ngaire McGaw, parent volunteer; Malcolm Frizzell, Senior Community Strengthening Manager, Bendigo Bank; Louise McGuire and Megan Daley from St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School.

Winner

St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

St Aiden’s takes sustainability seriously using its Earth Angels student co-ordinators to help spread the message.

Initiatives such as worm farms, reusable bags for tuckshop, Nude Food days, Travel Together Tuesday, and recycling of uniforms are all helping reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

Automated systems and behavioural strategies manage energy use from computers, lights and air-conditioning with all new buildings incorporating natural lighting and ventilation.

Finalist

Sunshine Coast Council

The Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with EnviroCom Australia, is delivering the Waste 2 Resource Education Program—partnering with community, businesses and schools to deliver best practice sustainable waste management.

The program raises awareness and understanding of waste and resource consumption issues, and provides first-hand experience in resource recovery, recycling and waste minimisation.

The program’s success has seen improved waste related behaviours across the Sunshine Coast.

Finalist

Jordyn de Boer

Boomerang Bags is a collaborative initiative which involves installing bag-share boxes throughout a shopping district or market, each stocked with re-useable shopping bags for customers to borrow and return.

Boomerang Bags are made by local community volunteers, organisations and schools using second-hand, donated materials.

The project provides a free, sustainable alternative to plastic shopping bags, and fosters the sustainable behaviours of re-use and waste avoidance.

 

Innovation in Sustainable Technologies Award

Santos GLNG Pipeline Manager Greg Jones, Thiess Project Manager James Campbell, Queensland University of Technology Professor Arun Sharma and Saipem Australia Project Manager Alessio Testa.

Santos GLNG Pipeline Manager Greg Jones, Thiess Project Manager James Campbell, Queensland University of Technology Professor Arun Sharma and Saipem Australia Project Manager Alessio Testa.

Winner

Thiess, Saipem Australia and Santos GLNG – The Narrows Marine Crossing project

This massive pipeline project to cross ‘The Narrows’ waterway in Gladstone offers vastly improved environmental benefits compared to other construction options like trenching.

Building the tunnel eight metres below the seabed has prevented disturbance to marine habitats, wildlife and surrounding coastal environments.

The tunnel has set new standards for marine crossings in environmentally-sensitive areas and is already being adopted by industry peers as best practice.

Finalist

Mackay Regional Council – Water and Sewerage Network Optimisation Project

Mackay Regional Council is delivering energy and water savings through innovative water and sewerage monitoring technologies.

Using sensors and a real-time monitoring systems, council can identify and manage leaks, monitor usage and target customers’ water use behaviours, and reduce the ingress from overloaded sewage systems.

So far the system has saved 10% in peak seasonal water consumption and achieved energy savings of $80,000.

Finalist

Central Burnett Fruit Processors

Central Burnett Fruit Processors has achieved impressive water and energy savings through its Clean Technology project.

The company has reduced water consumption by 40% and electricity by 33% through investing in innovative systems that surpass best practice for chilling evaporator condensate, and removing citric oil from water for reuse.

The company has also installed intelligent refrigeration and energy controls, solar power and LED lighting for ongoing efficiencies.

Rural Award

Mark Scates, General Manager, Coles Supermarkets; Barry and Leanne O'Sullivan, Glenalpine Station; David Foote, CEO, Australian Country Choice.

Mark Scates, General Manager, Coles Supermarkets; Barry and Leanne O'Sullivan, Glenalpine Station; David Foote, CEO, Australian Country Choice.

Winner

Grazing BMP Partnership

Graziers Barry and Leanne O’Sullivan have made innovative improvements to their cattle property using the grazing industry’s best management practice program and through collaborative partnerships.

Fencing off soil types and installing more water points allows for rotational grazing and pasture rehabilitation, significantly reducing erosion.

This technique produces a more palatable and profitable pasture. Together with fencing to protect waterways and a solar irrigation system, Glenalpine Station is demonstrating the value of best practice for sustainable and profitable grazing in Queensland.

Finalist

Gerard Puglisi

Gerard Puglisi has played an active role in shaping the future of the sugarcane industry in Far North Queensland for more than a decade.

He is producing cocoa in areas on his property that are not productive or profitable for sugarcane. While making sustainable use of his land he is reducing his risk and evening out the uncertainties of producing a single commodity.

Mr Puglisi has also started the 'Generation Next' program—to share his knowledge and entice young farmers into a career in sustainable agriculture.

Finalist

Gold Coast Marine Aquaculture (GCMA)

GCMA is one of the largest Black Tiger Prawn farming companies in Australia with an annual production capacity of approximately 1,000 tonnes.

Black Tiger prawns are one of the few commercially viable prawn species in Australia—they are however, the only stocks still propagated from a wild population.

GCMA has spent the last 15 years perfecting its captive breeding program to reduce impact on the wild population. 

It is now paving the way for sustainable expansion of the industry to ensure future supply.

Small Business Award

Mary McLeod, Rosa Softa, Jann Stuckey, former Minister of the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, David Piticco and Lisa Kuhlar.

Mary McLeod, Rosa Softa, Jann Stuckey, former Minister of the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, David Piticco and Lisa Kuhlar.

Winner

U&A Cleaning Services

U&A Cleaning Services has reached ‘ecoClean level 4 in Leadership’—the first and only company to reach this level of sustainability in the cleaning industry.

Sustainability has been incorporated into every aspect of business including eco-efficient work premises, “green” cleaning products and equipment, energy efficiencies, onsite water and waste management and ongoing staff training.

Finalist

Green Cabs

Green Cabs was founded on a vision that pedal-powered transport is good for people, businesses and the environment.

Providing regular tours that complement Brisbane's cycling and pedestrian circuit, Green Cabs provide a unique way to see Brisbane and its open-air, architectural beauty.

Green Cabs promotes a sense of fun, enjoyment and theatre, and conveys a strong message about the City’s environmental credentials and attitude toward sustainable living.

Finalist

Twisted Gum Wines

This Ballandean winery has created a unique, grass-roots approach to sustainable vineyard management.

Small blocks of vines are surrounded by native forest; no irrigation is used; a permanent grassed area is maintained between rows; and large amounts of mulch are applied under vines.

Higher quality grapes are produced using no water or pesticides, less fertilizer, fungicides and herbicides leading to improved quality in water runoff.

Sustainability in Education Award

Jake Rushton, Kalindi Purtle and Nicola McNabb from Silkwood School; and Dave O'Brien, General Manager, Glencore.

Jake Rushton, Kalindi Purtle and Nicola McNabb from Silkwood School; and Dave O'Brien, General Manager, Glencore.

Winner

Silkwood School

Silkwood School ensures sustainability principles are included in all aspects of learning.

Its SEED program is recognised nationally as a cornerstone to creating sustainable futures for students.

Silkwood has achieved a 5 Star Cleaner Greener School rating for its sustainably designed learning centres; energy, waste and water efficiencies; biodiversity protection and rehabilitation work.

Finalist

Bell State School

Bell State School has achieved a 5 Star Cleaner Greener School rating for its holistic approach to sustainability in education.

It’s the 4 “R”s here—re-using, recycling, reducing and replanting.

Saving water and energy has also reduced the school’s running costs considerably.

Finalist

Mount Whitestone School

Mount Whitestone School has created a facility that provides healthier lifestyle opportunities kind to the environment.

The Healthy Learning facility features a fully serviceable kitchen, edible garden and social area for use by the community and students—teaching nutrition and how to grow, harvest and share fresh food without using harmful chemicals and pesticides.

The facility not only provides a meeting place for sharing cultural traditions, but also encourages healthier eating habits, self-esteem, an active lifestyle and hands-on learning.

Sustainable Heritage Award

Mark McCabe, Chief Financial Officer of Australia Pacific LNG; Matthew Bourke, Councillor for Jamboree Ward; Megan Jones, Practice Director, TKD Architects; and Rod Duke, Vice President Downstream of Santos GLNG.

Mark McCabe, Chief Financial Officer of Australia Pacific LNG; Matthew Bourke, Councillor for Jamboree Ward; Megan Jones, Practice Director, TKD Architects; and Rod Duke, Vice President Downstream of Santos GLNG.

Winner

Tanner Kibble Denton Architects in association with TannerGHD

The Brisbane City Hall Restoration Project is an outstanding example of how sustainable heritage can be achieved through architectural innovation.

The restoration of City Hall has successfully balanced original design with contemporary amenities and new energy efficient services to secure the building’s sustainable future, and to showcase its unique architectural qualities.

Brisbane City Hall is now a restored and vibrant meeting place—re-equipped for its role as the focus for Brisbane's civic, cultural, and social events.

Finalist

Fulton Trotter Architects in association with Ivan McDonald Architects

The restoration of St Mary’s Mercy House Convent is a celebration of the history and character of the building—paying particular attention to reversing some unsympathetic recent additions.

Elements that were reparable have been restored, with a clear distinction between new and original elements.

Upgrades have been made to provide more efficient services and improvements to allow greater access to the Convent and Chapel.

Finalist

Chester Holdings

The Greening of Federation Place is a unique example of how heritage buildings can evolve into modern sustainable buildings, particularly in tropical climates.

The project has successfully improved energy efficiencies, provided alternative energy supplies and encouraged the community to embrace sustainability.

Work continues at Federation Place, to establish up to date mobile and communication technologies, creating a modern office environment within a well-preserved heritage building.

Last updated
16 August 2016