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Logan Eco Awards

The Logan Eco Awards recognise those in the community that are taking steps to help Logan become a more environmentally sustainable City.

The winners of the 2017 Logan Eco Awards were publicly recognised and thanked for their efforts at LEAF. Details of the eco-actions undertaken by these winners and by those of previous years are provided below.

2017 Logan Eco Awards

2017 Logan Eco Award Winners
CategoryWinnerEco Actions
Eco Champions Award

Kim Downs and Liz Hall-Downs

  • Undertaken weed control and revegetation while allowing much of their nine acres to naturally self-manage
  • Upcycled materials and appliances in their house wherever possible including the bathtub, washing machine, wood stove, glass, tiles, bricks, slate, flooring and insulation
  • Had a composting toilet, solar hot water system, fruit orchard, worm farm, compost bins, and a vegetable garden
  • Participated in Land for Wildlife for sixteen years
Junior Eco Champion AwardSavannah Christopher
  • On extra hot days she placed dishes of water in the backyard for animals to drink
  • In the car she was always on the lookout for injured or orphaned wildlife
  • She didn't ask for toys for Christmas but instead for donations to local wildlife carers
  • Her bedroom didn't even have a toy box but it did have a cardboard box and towel ready just in case she found an injured animal that needed care
Eco Business AwardBushcare Services
  • Planted approximately 100,000 plants per year across South East Queensland
  • Implemented an Environmental Management System that was certified under ISO14001 (international quality accreditation)
  • Recycled plastic pots and corflute tree guards
Eco Organisation Award

Logan River Branch of Native Plants Queensland

  • Had 30 members that met monthly to share advice, discuss cultivation, and propagate native plant species
  • Grew native plants at their nursery which they gave away or sold to the community at events including LEAF
  • Authored the widely used book on native vegetation "Mangroves to Mountains"

2015 Logan Eco Awards

2015 Logan Eco Award Winners
CategoryWinnerEco Actions
Sustainable Household AwardThe McVicker Household

Since winning this category in 2014 the McVickers have achieved two impressive milestones:

  • Net Zero Energy: By increasing the size of their solar PV system they were able to feed more electricity into the grid than they purchased from it
  • Net Zero Water: Already independent from the water and waste-water grids, they further improved rainwater harvesting and water efficiency so that they were able to collect more water than they used in the house
Community Eco Action AwardRoxanne Ives
Sustainable School AwardGriffith University
  • As part of the Slacks Creek Restoration Project over 7,000 trees were planted on-site allowing several environmental education activities to be undertaken
  • Developed a landscaping strategy for the campus
  • The free "Grows at Griffith" smart-phone App helped users to identify native South East Queensland plant species
Sustainable Business Award (Winner 1)IKEA
  • IKEA's massive 789 kW solar PV system was by far the largest PV system in Logan
  • Provided customer recycling bins for light bulbs, cork, and batteries
  • Circulated rainwater through chilled beams reducing the need for air conditioning
  • Had sustainable purchasing policies that included environmental audits of suppliers

Sustainable Business Award(Winner 2)

Substation 33
  • Have collected and dismantled 300,000 kilograms of electronic waste since January 2013
  • By sorting waste materials into 40 different categories for recycling, they were able to ensure that less than 10% was sent to landfill
  • Had ISO14001 certification (for environmental management)
Sustainable Food Business AwardTeys Beenleigh
  • Commissioned a $12M waste-water treatment system that is expected to save over 33,000 tonnes of CO2e annually, and produce biogas enabling a reduction in their consumption of natural gas by 75,000 gigajoules a year
  • Installed energy saver lights, timers, and daylight sensors
  • Participated in ecoBiz

2014 Logan Eco Awards

2014 Logan Eco Award Winners
CategoryWinnerEco Actions
Sustainable Household AwardThe McVicker Household

Since winning this category in 2013 the McVickers have undertaken further additional actions including:

  • Installed three "Redwater" water saving diverters
  • Increased water, waste water, and energy monitoring including live data automatically updating to the internet
  • Reduced 'peak demand' electricity by having an electrician hardwire appliances to an off-peak tariff
  • Hosted an information session covering the sustainability attributes of the house at the Hyperdome Library
Conservation Partner AwardBerrinba Sanctuary
  • Removed weeds and revegetated with native species
  • Conducted monthly koala surveys
  • Assisted with Council's community tree planting events
  • Hosted open days on the site as well as a stall at LEAF
Community Eco Action AwardHaley Thorn
  • Administered a Facebook page called "Upcycle with Style" promoting crafty and ingenious re-use of household items
  • Hosted an Earth Day event
  • Organised a Clean Up Australia Day event
Sustainable School AwardChatswood Hills State School
  • With the help of an EnviroGrant constructed the "Helen Streadfeild Koala Walkway" within the school grounds
  • Planted Koala friendly trees
  • Hosted visits by rangers from the Daisy Hill Koala Centre
  • Ran programs that educate students on environmental issues
Sustainable Business AwardSpyder Displays
  • Installed a 54 kilowatt solar PV system
  • Recycled all waste including aluminium
  • Reconditioned used displays and gave them away to charity groups
  • Used water based inks
Sustainable Food Business AwardHealthy Cooking Company
  • Sourced fresh and organic seasonal produce
  • Grew their own herbs on site
  • Installed highly efficient cooking equipment
  • Operated a staff "Green Team" to identify and implement sustainability and eco-efficiency opportunities
  • Participated in Council's Becoming an Eco-Efficient Food Business in Logan Program

2013 Logan Eco Awards

2013 Eco Award Winners
CategoryWinnerEco Actions
Sustainable Household AwardThe McVicker Household
  • Used a solar passive house design that minimises heating and cooling requirements
  • Extensively used louvers to maximise natural air flow through the house during summer
  • Exclusively used LED lighting technology
  • Installed water tanks allowing 100% water self sufficiency
  • Used both solar hot water and solar PV systems
Conservation Partner AwardJohn Reed
  • Been a member of Land for Wildlife since 2005
  • Removed 30 Cadaghi trees (a pest species)
  • Begun installing fencing to reduce the area that stock can access on his property
Community Eco Action Award (Winner 1)Patricia Ferguson
  • Undertook bird surveys with the results incorporated into Council's biodiversity database
  • Hosted a stall at LEAF
  • Took part in National Tree Day
  • Led the Moffatt Park Bushcare Group since 2006
Community Eco Action Award (Winner 2)Lyn Buffett
  • Established the Logan Food Gardeners (LFG) in August 2011
  • Created the interactive LFG website which uses social media tools to connect local community gardens
  • Given presentations on gardening in the Logan Libraries
  • Hosted stalls at events including LEAF
Sustainable School AwardBoronia Heights State School
  • Reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by around 50%
  • Helped to construct garden beds and subsequently planted, weeded, and harvested food
  • Planted over 150 species to create a bush tucker garden
  • Students performed 'eco-raps' at LEAF
  • Students attended a three day camp focussing on environmental leadership
Sustainable Business AwardBristol Paints
  • Installed a 25 kW solar PV system
  • Sourced additional grid supplied electricity from renewable sources
  • Utilised natural breezes and ceiling fans to minimise air conditioning requirements
  • Implemented a store wide recycling program
  • Collected waste water which is treated and disposed of by a regulated contractor
Sustainable Food Business AwardSnap Fresh
  • Reduced mains water consumption by 39% through capture, reuse, and redirection of water
  • Reduced electricity consumption by 13% through energy efficient lighting, variable speed drives, and the rationalisation of equipment
  • Reduced gas consumption by 25%
  • Reduced the waste sent to landfill by an incredible 70% through increased recycling and an industry leading composting program

2012 Logan Eco Awards

2012 Eco Award Winners
CategoryWinnerEco Actions
Sustainable Household AwardThe Hunter household of Mount Warren Park
  • Installed a 3 kW solar PV system
  • Collected rain water to top up the pool
  • Planted native species in the garden
Conservation Partner AwardLynne and Terry Hamill of Veresdale
Community Eco Action AwardRod Bloss, founding member of BrisBOCA (the Brisbane branch of Bird Observation & Conservation Australia)
  • Played a leading role in the conservation of Eagleby Wetlands
  • Undertook hundreds of presentations to schools, Bushcare Groups, and community members
  • Undertook countless bird surveys which have been incorporated into Council's biodiversity database
Sustainable School AwardJohn Paul College
  • Cut annual water consumption from 88 million litres per year to 18 million litres per year
  • Cut waste production by 30% via a school recycling program
  • Planted native vegetation on site
  • Installed a 9 kW solar PV system and energy monitoring equipment
  • Incorporated all of these steps into the curriculum
Sustainable Business AwardSuzi Auto of Springwood
  • Have taken normal petrol cars and converted them to 100% electric cars for customers
  • Recycled much of their waste materials
  • Installed a 5 kW solar PV system which powers their fleet of electric cars and the workshop
  • Installed energy efficient lighting
  • Operate a staff 'Green Team'
Environmentally Relevant Activity Business AwardTennyson Group Printery of Crestmead
  • Use an Environmental Management System
  • Have achieved Level 3 of Sustainable Green Print certification
  • Recycle or sell almost all of their waste materials
  • Participated in the 2012 Logan ClimateSmart Business Cluster
Sustainable Food Business AwardFlannery's of Loganholme
  • Source locally produced certified organic fruit and vegetables
  • Have a 'no plastic bags' policy
  • Provide a bulk purchasing option for customers
  • Have local farmers pick up food waste rather than sending it to landfill