Wet Tropics Reef champion finalists

October 25, 2018

A marine biologist campaigning to reduce ocean waste and a cane farmer reducing synthetic nitrogen use are among the Far North finalists in Australia’s 2018 Reef Champion Awards.

Cairns marine biologist Nicole Nash, Tully cane grower Ray Zamora, volunteers from the Mulgrave Landcare and Catchment Group, DAFF extension officer Allan Blair, Sugar Research Australia’s Gavin Rodman and Cape York farmers James and Niki Collins were among the finalists announced this week.

The Reef Champion Awards, run by the Reef Alliance with support from the Australian and Queensland governments, recognise outstanding achievements by individuals and organisations working to improve the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

Queensland Farmers Federation CEO Travis Tobin said finalists showed the calibre of work being done by farmers and others working with the agricultural sector to safeguard the future of the Reef.

Terrain NRM’s CEO Carole Sweatman said the finalists reflected the wide range of people – from farmers to industry experts, community groups and passionate individuals - working in partnership to make a difference.