Mines Minister George Cash has welcomed the appointment of Environmental Protection Authority chairman Dr Ray Steedman to the selection committee of the Awards for Environmental Excellence.
The annual awards, run by the Department of Minerals and Energy, encourage Western Australian mining and petroleum companies to strive for excellence and innovation in environmental management and rehabilitation.
Mr Cash said Dr Steedman brought more than 20 years' experience and expertise in environmental management to the committee.
"Dr Steedman has proved to be an outstanding environmental consultant to industry and government," he said.
"His understanding of the environment and rehabilitation means that he is not only a valuable addition to an already strong selection committee, but he reinforces the importance of the awards to industry."
Mr Cash believed the awards encouraged others in the resource industry to follow the lead set by the winners.
"Resource companies in WA are leading the way in environmental management, but unfortunately their work does not always receive the recognition it deserves because most operate in remote locations," he said.
"So it is not surprising the mining and petroleum companies throughout our State strive for an award for environmental excellence as tangible acknowledgment of their outstanding environmental performance."
Other members of the selection panel for the 1995 awards are Professor Fay Gale, (WA University vice chancellor and heritage commissioner), Brendan Nicholson, (environmental writer for The West Australian newspaper) and Ken Perry, (director general of the Department of Minerals and Energy).
Nominations for awards were recently invited from all mining and petroleum operations in WA.
The judging of the awards take into account the standard to which land has been returned to sustainable use and the degree to which innovative developments have been used to reduce the impact of mining on the environment.
Awards may be made to individuals, teams or companies, and entries close on March 31, 1995.
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