Pictured (left to right): Minister Andrew Powell, Andy Coleman, General Manager, Coles Stores, Doug Rasmussen and David Foote, CEO, Australian Country Choice (sponsor representative).
Doug Rasmussen has embarked on a five-year program to create sediment traps on his farm, shifting topsoil and laser levelling each block when it becomes vacant so rainfall travels slowly and evenly to the sediment trap.
Doug has used the laser-leveller on all fallow blocks since 2007, and pinpoints the location of the sediment traps so any topsoil washed away during the wet season is captured and can be applied to the areas which are situated lower. The use of filter mud has reduced fertiliser use by 25 per cent.
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards were developed as a state-wide program to recognise the achievements of Queenslanders in actively reducing carbon emissions and taking action towards the abatement of climate change.
Over 350 of Queensland industry, business and community representatives have been acknowledged as award applicants since the inaugural Premier’s Sustainability Awards in 2010.
About the Premier’s Sustainability Awards
Premier’s Sustainability Awards trophies
The 2012 Premier’s Sustainability Awards recognised the achievements of Queensland communities, schools, individuals, businesses and industries in reducing carbon emissions, taking action to abate climate change and improving business sustainability.
In 2012, the awards attracted 141 nominations across 11 categories.
The winners and finalists were announced at a gala dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 8 June.