Logan's Eco Champions announced

Published: 30 May 2017

Logan's Eco Champions announced

A Greenbank couple who have made a house out of ‘upcycled’ material have been recognised as Logan’s ‘Eco Champions’.

Kim Downs and Liz Downs-Hall purchased their nine acre property in 2000 and immediately joined Council’s Land for Wildlife program.

Their block boasts an array of native plant species including many trees that contain hollows suitable for wildlife.

Kim and Liz’s dedication to the environment was recognised with Logan City Council’s Eco Champion award, announced at yesterday’s LEAF Festival.

“In addition to their support of the Land for Wildlife program the Downs family have taken environmental measures to turn their property into a genuinely eco-friendly one,” Health, Environment and Sustainability committee spokesperson councillor Lisa Bradley said.

“Their house was built to minimise its impact on the natural environment with things like relatively small dimensions, a composting toilet, a solar hot water system and extensive upcycling of building materials.

“We received many outstanding applications for the Eco Champion award but Kim and Liz were clear winners and I’d like to congratulate them.”

Other category winners:

Junior Eco Champion – Savanah Christopher

The 11-year-old Canterbury College student spends much of her spare time finding and caring for injured wildlife.

Eco Business – Bushcare Services

The Bethania-based business plants about 100,000 native plants across South East Queensland every year.

Eco Organisation – Native Plants Queensland Logan River Branch

The 30 member strong organisation meets regularly to protect native plants and produce educational material such as the Mangroves to Mountains book.

The winners of each category received $250 and a certificate.