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 Catchment Care Committee
wins National Award

The Mary River Catchment Care Committee last week received the prestigious 2004 National Rivercare Award at the National Landcare awards.

Presented in Canberra, the award recognises the success of Queensland's first River Rehabilitation Plan and the high level of community involvement in catchment management in the Mary.  The group's Rivercare Coordinator Brad Wedlock said the group had involved more than 3000 landholders in catchment management activities in the past 11 years.

“The MRCCC was formed in 1993 and, over the last decade, our dedicated Committee and staff has forged strong partnerships with a vast range of organisations and individuals as well as assisting with the establishment of networks of landholder groups throughout the catchment,” he said.

The Committee's Chairman Harry Jamieson and Secretary Margaret Thompson accepted
the award from Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Warren Truss, at a gala
ceremony at Parliament House in Canberra.  Mrs Thompson, a Maleny Dairy farmer, said
she was thrilled with the win. “I am back on the ground now, but I was floating that night that's for sure.”  “It's acknowledgment for the committee but also for the whole catchment community.

“We (the committee) can have a dream but if the landholders don't go with us then it justdoesn't happen, so this is acknowledgment for all of us,” she said.  Mrs Thompson said the committee had  recently received further government funding.

“We have secured more funding through the National Action Plan for salinity and water
quality to continue our projects,” she said.  The MRCCC's current projects include: the
Living with Threatened Species Program; Community Waterwatch Networks; the Cooloola Shire Water Education Program; Policeman's Spur Rivercare; Wonga District Drought Recovery Project; Mary Cod projects; and research in Argentina to find a biological control agent to eradicate Cabomba weed from waterways.

Maleny Dairy Farmer and Mary River Catchment Care Committee
Secretary Margaret Thompson accepted the award in Canberra.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.