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Environment champions awarded for making a difference

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The City of Logan’s environmental heroes have been recognised for their ecological efforts.

Two residents shared the Eco Champion award at the Logan Eco Awards ceremony at Kiwanda Café, Eagleby, on Saturday night (June 18).

Dr Margaret Greenway and Jen Pedler could not be split by the judges for their outstanding environmental work.

Dr Greenway, from Cornubia, was recognised for her dedication to conservation and bush regeneration for more than 30 years.

The City of Logan 2022 Eco Awards were held last night at Kiwanda Café, Eagleby. (From left) Cr Miriam Stemp, Dr Margaret Greenway, Jen Pedler and Cr Mindy Russell.

She also educates and encourages others to protect and rehabilitate the natural environment.

A composting program run from Ms Pedler’s Daisy Hill property earned her the award.

Ms Pedler and her neighbours saved more than 2.2 tonnes of food waste from landfill.

Environment Chair Councillor Jon Raven praised the winners.

“These women understand how important the environment is to our city’s future,” he said.

“They are setting an excellent example for everyone to follow.”

Two inspirational young people were recognised in the Junior Eco Champion category.

Winner Katie Knight, from South Maclean, organised and co-ordinated a school recycling hub.

Kingston six-year-old and budding author Georgia Leo was highly commended.

Georgia is passionate about the environment and to help educate her peers she is writing a book about bugs which contains a protecting biodiversity message.

Browns Plains Bottles and Cans and Marsden’s Edge Early Learning Centre shared the Eco Business Award.

Innovative recycling practices at Browns Plains Bottles and Cans has reduced the business’ carbon footprint in the past year by almost 90 per cent.

Edge Early Learning Centre’s focus on recycling, water conservation and educating its children on environmental issues earned a share of the award.

Chatswood Hills State School won the Eco Organisation award for improving its ecological footprint.

The school plants 50 trees on its grounds every year and has established softplastics and e-waste recycling programs.

The 2022 EnviroGrants recipients were also announced at the ceremony.

Council awarded more than $175,000 in funding, including $10,000 for a University of Queensland program to survey sources of paralysis syndrome in lorikeets and flying foxes.

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