Western Australia’s prestigious Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence have again attracted high calibre entries, demonstrating new standards of environmental practice in the State’s resources sector.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the 2011 awards have attracted 11 entries from a range of industries, including gas infrastructure, mine site operations and seismic activities in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields and metropolitan regions.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said this year’s event maintained the same number of entries as last year, which was double the number of entries in 2009.
“It’s great to see the State’s resources sector showcasing innovative contributions to environmental protection and management,” Mr Moore said.
“This year’s awards showcase a diverse range of projects from biodiversity action plans, fauna studies, minimum disturbance investigations and dust minimisation to catering management.
“The 2011 Golden Geckos is a particularly special event as we celebrate two decades of the advancement of environmental management in our resources sector. During the past 19 years, we have seen the achievements of winning entries go on to become standard industry practice, which raises the sector’s environmental performance.”
The awards, hosted by the Department of Mines and Petroleum, recognise innovation, leadership and performance of environmental management in the State’s resources sector and related services.
“This year’s nominated projects are to be congratulated on demonstrating exceptional standards of environmental management,” the Minister said.
Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony in Perth on September 8.
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