The search is on for outstanding organisations or individuals who have achieved environmental excellence in the Western Australian mining and petroleum industry.
Mines Minister Norman Moore today called for nominations for the Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence, which will celebrate a decade of superb environmental achievements when they are presented in September 2001.
The awards represent the highest environmental accolade for the Western Australian resources industry.
Initiated by the Department of Minerals and Energy, the awards promote and encourage advances in environmental management and rehabilitation in all aspects of the mining and petroleum industries of Western Australia.
“A Golden Gecko acknowledges the outstanding contribution a recipient has made to balancing environmental responsibility with resources development,” Mr Moore said.
“It symbolises a company’s or individual’s commitment to go far beyond basic compliance with regulations.”
By recognising advances and innovations in environmental practice, the Department seeks to encourage further improvement throughout the industry.
Nominations can be submitted for a wide range of activities including innovation, community involvement and public awareness, exploration, waste management, employee awareness and prospecting.
Four Golden Gecko Awards and two Certificates of Merit were presented in 2000.
Awards were made to Placer (Granny Smith), Cockburn Cement, Alcoa World Alumina Australia and the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority with merit certificates going to Barrow Island Coastal Care Group and North Mining and Westralian Drillers.
Nominations for the 2001 awards close on Friday, March 30, 2001.
To obtain a nomination form contact Environmental and Rehabilitation Officer Angela Bishop on 9222 3765.
Hartley Joynt, Minister for Mines Office, 9321 1444
James Bowie, Department of Minerals and Energy, 9222 3527