Ports North congratulates 2017 Environment Award winners

Published: 30th November 2017

Ports North congratulates the winners of the 2017 Ports North Environment Award which will be presented at the Business Liaison Association Awards Night tonight.

Open to all senior science school students in the Far North Queensland region from Tully to Thursday Island, students must carry out a field study of an estuarine or fresh water system at their local creek or river under the guidance of their teacher.

The award has been sponsored by Ports North since 2002 and is designed to foster a greater awareness of issues effecting the local and regional coastal environment; encourage careers within the environmental and science industries; and give students experience in collecting samples and analyzing environmental subject matter.

“The number of entries this year was high from across a variety of schools and subject areas,” Ports North Chairman Russell Beer said.  “We were very impressed with the standard of work displayed in each of the submissions.”

This year’s winners are:

  • First Prize $1000:              Phoebe Little, St Monica’s College
  • Second Prize $700:          Damon Freeman, Redlynch State College
  •  Encouragement Awards $400 each:
  •  Gypsy Busato, Mareeba State High School
  •  Kelana Arraiza, Babinda P-12 State School

 “And as always, it’s a tough decision to select the winning entries. It is indeed a testament to the quality of the students and their educators,” Mr Beer said. “After 15 years, we continue to be a proud sponsor of the Environmental Award, which is a joint initiative of Education Queensland, North Queensland secondary schools and the Business Liaison Association.”  

The BLA Awards will be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017 in Cairns.

For more information contact:


Ports North Corporate Services:  (07) 40523815

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