An impressive 26 submissions from a variety of unique collaborative resource projects have been received for the inaugural Community Partnership Resource Sector Award.
The new award recognises successful community programs run by resource companies that provide ongoing benefits to local communities, during and beyond the life of the associated resource projects.
The winner will be announced by Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange in October at the Department of Mines and Petroleum's first ever Awards For Excellence night, which will also incorporate the Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence.
Mr L'Estrange said the new award highlighted the many positive social outcomes created by resource projects in regional areas.
"The department has launched this award to recognise projects that bring resource companies and their local communities together," Mr L'Estrange said.
"Applications have come from across Western Australia including the South-West, Goldfields-Esperance, Mid-West, Pilbara and Kimberley and feature many unique partnerships which will leave positive and lasting benefits."
The projects nominated include collaborations with indigenous groups, schools and other educational and training organisations, and a number of cultural, conservation, restoration and social partnerships.
Nominations for the 2016 award have closed, and in a transparent assessment process, all submissions will be assessed on the positive outcomes the collaborative partnerships are delivering to the broader community. Assessment criteria includes leadership and innovation in engagement, benefits of the collaboration and the project's commitment to providing sustainable and enduring outcomes.
"Resource companies become involved with communities at various levels and this award showcases and celebrates partnerships which bring long-lasting mutual benefits to resource companies and the local communities in which they operate," he said.
Award entries are based on partnerships between resource industry operations and local community groups that provide positive outcomes for the WA community
Award entries will be assessed on the ongoing benefits to the community beyond the life of the resource project
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