- Five projects are competing for prestigious Golden Gecko award
- Winner to be announced at Resources Sector Awards for Excellence in October
A world-first marine surveillance program, chasing ghost bats and detecting environmental phenomena are some of the projects vying for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence.
The Golden Gecko celebrates projects that commit to improving environmental outcomes for Western Australia's resources sector.
Mining companies and support services for the sector are demonstrating new and innovative ways to ensure the protection and management of WA's diverse environment.
The winner of the Golden Gecko will be announced at the Department's Resources Sector Awards for Excellence on Thursday 25 October, along with the Community Partnership and the Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards.
For more information, visit http://www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/excellenceawards
Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:
"Western Australia is an incredibly diverse State and it's encouraging to see the resources sector is continually striving for new standards to improve environmental outcomes.
"The quality research partnerships emerging in the resources sector demonstrate an ongoing commitment to monitoring, investigating and innovating to protect our State.
"The McGowan Government strongly encourages striving for excellence in health, safety and environmental responsibility that benefits the community and industry."
Minister's office - 6552 6700
The five projects are:
Rapid Impact Detection – Roy Hill Holdings and Astron Environmental Services
Rapid Impact Detection is an innovative method of identifying environmental phenomena as it occurs, enabling immediate response activities.
The State-Wide Array Surveillance Program – Multiple Port Authorities and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
The State-Wide Array Surveillance Program is a world-first in the use of molecular techniques by a collaborative marine biosecurity surveillance network to more rapidly respond to a potential incursion of an introduced marine pest.
Alcoa and Murdoch University Partnership Eradicates Biological Bulldozer Phytophthora Dieback – Alcoa of Australia
Alcoa and Murdoch University's project has delivered a world-first technique that can eradicate the Phytophthora dieback pathogen without toxic chemicals on a large scale. This technique has immediate application by others in the resources and extractive industries worldwide.
Chasing Ghosts: Understanding Ghost Bat Ecology in the Pilbara – BHP Iron Ore
Evidence of the presence of the Ghost Bat in BHP's Mining Area C commenced a significant collaborative project across industry, government and academia. It has resulted in a regionally relevant understanding of the ecology of the ghost bat in the Pilbara, and enabled effective management of the species.
Biosecurity Management in Quarrying: Best Practice Dieback Management – Hanson Construction Materials
Hanson has embarked on a State-wide redevelopment of its sand and aggregates quarry operations located in the South West of Western Australia in an effort to responsibly restrict the spread of dieback across the State and reduce the risk to award winning restoration efforts onsite.