The inaugural Community Partnership Award will be announced October 27, 2016
Six finalists named with high-profile judging panel to determine winner
Six finalists have been selected from an outstanding field of 26 entries for the Department of Mines and Petroleum's inaugural Community Partnership Award.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L'Estrange said the selection committee had a difficult task in choosing the best entries from regions throughout Western Australia.
"The consistently high standard reflects the strong interest shown in this award by resource companies and their local communities," Mr L'Estrange said.
"The people of WA expect the highest standards from the resources sector and it is gratifying to see companies going above and beyond their regulatory obligations to contribute to the communities in which they operate.
"This new Community Partnership Award recognises the many unique collaborations involving indigenous groups, educational institutions, and conservation, restoration and cultural projects."
The Minister said the selection committee was headed by the Director General of the Department of Mines and Petroleum and was supported by the Hon Malcolm McCusker, AC CVO QC, Jan Stewart PSM and Dr Erica Smyth.
"Each committee member brings significant experience and expertise to the judging process for this new award, which recognises industry operators forging strong community partnerships," he said.
The Community Partnership Award will be presented by Mr L'Estrange with the prestigious Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence at the department's inaugural Awards for Excellence ceremony on October 27, 2016.
Further information on the Awards for Excellence can be found here
Minister's office - 6552 6900
Community Partnership Award finalists
Woodside Energy Ltd and St Luke's College and Karratha Senior High School
Project Name: Karratha Education Initiative
Starting in 2008, the Karratha Education Initiative is a collaboration between the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project, St Luke's College and Karratha Senior High School. It aims to deliver high-quality educational opportunities for students and professional development for teachers in the Pilbara, equivalent to that available in the metropolitan area.
Newcrest Mining and Ngurra Kujungka Incorporated
Project Name: Newcrest Mining and Ngurra Kujungka. A Sustainable, Community Driven, Capacity Building Success Story
Newcrest Mining's partnership with independent Martu-governed Ngurra Kujungka Inc. is realising sustainable, community-driven, capacity-building initiatives that deliver, in addition to unique sport and recreation programs, healthier lifestyles, employment and training opportunities, and enhanced education prospects. These outcomes are contributing significantly to the development and improved viability of remote Martu communities of the Pilbara.
Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore and Esperance Senior High School, Esperance Anglican Community School, Merredin College and Southern Cross District High School
Project Name: Cliffs Work Experience Camp
Since 2009, Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore has partnered with four local community schools to provide a week-long work experience camp at which Year 10 students and their teachers are given insights into the mining industry.
Newmont Boddington Gold (NBG) and Gnaala Karla Booja native title claimants
Project Name: NBG Moorditj Booja Community Partnership
In 2006, NBG voluntarily initiated negotiations with the Gnaala Karla Booja (GKB) native title claimants to develop a Community Partnership Agreement. This proactive approach resulted in the creation of the voluntary and legally binding Moorditj Booja Community Partnership Agreement. This approach assisted in the development of a collaborative and mutually beneficial agreement between the GKB and NBG.
Rio Tinto (Iron Ore) and Scitech Discovery Centre
Project Name: The Rio Tinto and Scitech partnership: Engaging Western Australians in STEM
Rio Tinto and Scitech value innovation and education, an alignment which has yielded significant benefits for West Australians since the partnership began in 2003. Through partnership initiatives, every student, educator and community member in WA has the opportunity to engage with world-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Karara Mining Limited and Midwest Economic and Employment Development Aboriginal Corporation
Project Name: Innovation Park
Innovation Park is a collaboration between Karara Mining Limited and the Midwest Economic and Employment Development Aboriginal Corporation. The project involves the innovative use of land purchased by Karara Mining during its construction phase to develop a commercially viable farm. The farm produces eggs, fruit and vegetables which are sold locally and back to the Karara mine site.