The finalists for the national 2012 savewater! awards® have been announced, with 43 exceptional finalists being selected from over 1,000 applications across Australia and internationally. Who are the global leaders in sustainability? Let’s find out…
This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to water conservation through initiative and leadership. The finalists are:
- Ben Jarvis, Water Corporation – Perth, Western Australia
- Andrew Willsford, Redwater Australia – Brisbane, Queensland
- Trevor Cochrane, Garden Gurus – Kalamundra, Western Australia
- Kathy Holmes, Wobble-Tee – Newcastle, New South Wales
The Business Award acknowledges outstanding water savings achieved by businesses. Two awards will be presented in this category: Small Business (less than 15 staff), and Large Business (15 or more staff). The finalists are:
- Cameron’s Nursery – Arcadia, New South Wales
- Lake Bolac Caravan Park – Lake Bolac, Victoria
- The Garden Gurus – Kalamundra, Western Australia
- Everson’s Food Processors – Frederickton, New South Wales
- Kraft Foods Australia – Melbourne, Victoria
- Paccar Australia – Melbourne, Victoria
- Sakata Rice Snacks Australia – Melbourne, Victoria
Recognised in their community as a leader in water conservation, the winner of this award will have achieved outstanding water savings and demonstrated a commitment to efficient water use. This year’s finalists are:
- Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT – Sydney, New South Wales
- Curlewis Golf Club – Geelong, Victoria
- EW Tipping Foundation – Melbourne, Victoria
Education tools and programs in schools play a vital role in achieving long-term attitudinal and behavioural change towards water and the way we use it. This award recognises schools and educational institutions that have exhibited or implemented water conservation tools, projects, or programs. The finalist schools for this year are:
- Emerald Primary School – Emerald, Victoria
- Mount Evelyn Primary School – Mount Evelyn, Victoria
- St Macartans Primary School – Mornington, Victoria
- Neville Public School – Neville, New South Wales (Highly Commended)
This award acknowledges achievement and a strong ongoing commitment by a local authority, state or federal government agency/department to reducing its own or the community’s water use. This year’s finalists are:
- City of Joondalup – Joondalup, Western Australia
- Office of the Hawkesbury-Nepean – Penrith, New South Wales
- Shire of Peppermint Grove – Perth, Western Australia
This category rewards the development and commercialisation of innovative products that minimise water consumption. This award is open to any manufacturer or producer of a commercially available product from anywhere in the world. Products can include (but are not limited to) domestic appliances, consumer products, commercial equipment, washing systems, water storage systems, irrigation and software. This year’s finalists are:
- A J Forbes and Associates – Geelong, Victoria
- Aqua Guardian Group – Melbourne, Victoria
- Aquatrip Pty Ltd – Brisbane Queensland
- Wobble-Tee – Wangi Wangi, New South Wales
This award acknowledges achievement and a strong ongoing commitment by a water utility at local, regional, state or national level, to reducing its own or the community’s water use. Members of the savewater!® Alliance make up three quarters of this year’s finalists:
- City West Water – Melbourne, Victoria
- Eurobodalla Shire Council – Moruya, New South Wales
- Water Corporation – Perth, Western Australia
- Western Water – Sunbury, Victoria
The Photographic Award is designed to recognise creative talent by capturing water conservation imagery as the key focus. This category welcomes photographers from across the globe to submit their photographs. Three awards will be presented; Junior Student (up to 12 years old), Senior Student (13 to 17 years old) and Open.
- Ivy McGufficke – Cooma, New South Wales
- Florance McGufficke – Cooma, New South Wales
- Olivia Meerton – Secret Harbour, Western Australia
- Charli Watts – Port Fairy, Victoria
- Ziamel Abbygaile M. Zacarias – Philippines
- Charmoni Martin-Cogger – Perth Western Australia
- Hayley Broere – Armadale, Western Australia
- Jessica Ricci – Hoppers Crossing, Victoria
- Michelle Estocado – Antipolo City, Philippines
- Paris Hardwick – Geelong, Victoria
- Joel Forte – Antipolo City, Philippines
- Josef Hinterleitner – Sierning, Austria
- Md. Khalid Rayhan Shawon – Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Prasanta Biswas – Town, India
- Ramesh Soni – Dhar, India
- Deon Van der Walt – Rietondale, South Africa (Highly Commended)
- Md. Mahbubur Rahman – Dhaka, Bangladesh (Highly Commended)
The independent judging process was headed by environmental consultant, Mr Rob Gell, with an expert panel of judges to determine the leaders in water sustainability across eight categories.
Mr Rob Gell, environmental consultant and head judge, was impressed with the standard of the 2012 entries and believes that the savewater! awards® continue to see innovative programs coming forward, and in greater numbers.
“Each of this year’s finalists has demonstrated the high level of water-efficiency that the judging panel requires, but we’re also seeing programs that are more comprehensive in their scope and which deliver a range of positive environmental outcomes. In a number of cases, former winners have extended their programs and delivered additional impressive results,” said Mr Gell.
“Many of the finalists have set new standards for their respective industries, which we expect will inspire and promote best sustainable practice in the future,” he said.
Now in its tenth year, the prestigious savewater! awards® recognise and reward excellence in water-efficiency by business, government, schools, local communities and individuals.
Winners will be announced at the awards Gala Ceremony on Friday, 26th October 2012.
Stay tuned for more information on the savewater! awards and the finalists for each category.