August 30, 1996
Dominion Mining and long-time environmentalist Harry Butler were among those recognised in the Department of Minerals and Energy's fifth annual environmental excellence awards.
Mines Minister Kevin Minson said today the standard of entries had been high and he was pleased to see the mining and petroleum industries continuing to place strong emphasis on environmental issues.
"The awards aim to promote and encourage advances in environmental management and rehabilitation in all aspects of the mining and petroleum industries of Western Australia by recognising environmental excellence and leadership," Mr Minson said.
"Operators within the minerals and petroleum industries in WA are recognised internationally for good environmental performance.
"The Government applauds the industry's efforts and achievements in this area.
"It is important for the future growth of this State that we continue to demonstrate the compatibility of mining and environmental protection - not just in theory but in practice."
Mr Minson said the Government would continue to monitor and deal with poor environmental performances by taking firm action against those who did not come up to standard.
The 1996 Department of Mines and Energy Awards for Environmental Excellence winners were:
+ Rod Mitchell's Transport and Exploration Services for rehabilitation of exploration drill sites in the Pilbara for Sipa-Outkumpu on the Panorama Project. Rod Mitchell's Services demonstrated a commitment to achieve rehabilitation of sites above normal standards. The attention to detail and use of innovative techniques resulted in excellent rehabilitation on sites previously believed to be unworkable.
+ Harry Butler, for his major contribution to environmental management and the incorporation of environmental management into corporate policy in the mining industry in WA. Mr Butler introduced the concept of multiple land use and environmental management at a practical level over a long period.
+ Alcoa of Australia for the development of an environmental and mining information system from the establishment of a geographical information system. The system allows the company to include environmental issues at the mine planning stage. This is particularly important in mapping the occurrence and control of the jarrah dieback disease (Phytophthora cinnamomi). Alcoa developed the technology and provided information on dieback to Government authorities.
+ Certificate of Merit for Dominion Mining's extensive rehabilitation work on the Meekatharra Gold Operations's site.
Some infrastructure established during operation, such as access roads and borefields, have been retained for the benefit of the local community.
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