Posthumous Queensland Greats award given to Steve Irwin

IT HAS been almost nine years since Steve Irwin died but his contribution to wildlife conservation lives on.

The crocodile hunter was awarded the first posthumous Queensland Greats Award for his environmental achievements.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this year's Queensland Greats Awards included a special posthumous category to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the awards program.

She said Irwin was a "highly respected television personality" who had been part of one of Queensland's most popular tourist destinations, Australia Zoo.

Ms Palaszczuk said it was a great loss to Queensland when Irwin died in 2006.

Irwin was snorkelling off the Queensland coast during filming of a documentary when a stingray pierced his heart.

The awards are held as part of Queensland Week celebrations, which are on until June 7.

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