- Seven WA companies vie for 2012 Golden Gecko awards
- Awards recognise commitment to setting new environmental standards
- Excellence, leadership and responsible development of WA’s resources
Western Australia’s prestigious Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence have attracted seven resources companies vying for the 2012 accolade.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore will present the 2012 winners on September 20 - the last time next month before his retirement in May 2013.
“Once again this year’s entrants have all shown an exceptional commitment to environmental excellence and I am very proud to be associated with these awards for one more event,” Mr Moore said.
“The Golden Gecko Awards, established in 1992, showcase companies that have raised the bar for environmental standards in WA, so it is important to acknowledge such contributions to environmental protection and management of our resources sector.
“These projects highlight where companies are going beyond regulatory compliance to set a new industry standard of innovation and demonstrate community engagement and corporate social responsibility.”
Argyle Diamond Mine; Barminco; CITIC Pacific Mining Management; ESS Support Services Worldwide; Karara Mining; Murphy Pipe and Civil; and Pendoley Environmental vie for the award with projects including marine turtle research, biodiversity protection, diesel emission reductions and legacy site remediation.
The Minister said the long-standing awards program would be well complemented by the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s Reforming Environmental Regulation (RER) program.
“The reforms will deliver greater certainty, confidence and clarity surrounding the State’s environmental regulatory system,” he said.
“This system establishes a risk and outcome-based framework, so the department will be better placed to allocate resources in a targeted way which minimises environmental risk. Added to that, ongoing monitoring and reporting of key performance indicators will inform resource allocation and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.
“WA, industry and the community directly benefit from these reforms through more effective application of environmental standards within industry and a more responsive regulatory agency.”
Information about RER program: http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/rer
- More information about Golden Gecko Awards:
Minister's office - 6552 5400