Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Sustainable projects shortlisted for DMIRS Awards for Excellence

    16/08/2021 8:00 AM
    • Golden Gecko Award celebrates 30 years; three projects eligible for 2021 Award
    • Two partnerships eligible for 2021 Resources Sector Community Partnership Award
    • Winners will be announced at Awards Ceremony on Thursday September 30, 2021

    Renewable energy, rehabilitation, recycling, education and training are the focus of five projects shortlisted for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's 2021 Resources Sector Awards for Excellence.


    The shortlisted projects span across Western Australia and demonstrate the resources sector's commitment to striving for excellence in environmental outcomes and community partnerships.


    The awards recognise innovation, outstanding performance and leadership in environmental and sustainable initiatives that benefit WA communities and ensure responsible development of the State's resources.


    Celebrating its 30th year, the prestigious Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence has recognised more than 60 projects for demonstrating innovation, outstanding performance and positive environmental outcomes for WA.


    The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in September 2021. For more information, visit: http://www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/excellenceawards


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "This year we celebrate three decades of environmental excellence in our resources sector and the projects that have set new standards in the industry.


    "By sharing these projects, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is encouraging other resources companies to continually improve and be at the forefront in community and environmental outcomes.


    "These awards recognise and advance the $172 billion sector's innovation and technological capabilities ensuring Western Australia remains globally competitive and a leader in the resources sector."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700   


    Golden Gecko Award - Shortlisted Applicants


    Flora Restorer - Revegetating a Diverse Ecosystem, Iluka Resources Limited

    To support rehabilitation works, Iluka designed "Flora Restorer", focused on building and commissioning new equipment for seeding, imprinting and stabilising sandy topsoil for the revegetation of a diverse ecosystem after mining.


    Agnew Hybrid Renewable Project, Gold Fields Australia and EDL

    This project relates to renewable energy generation at the remote, off-grid Agnew Gold Mine using large-scale wind generation at a mine.

    It provides Gold Fields with an average of 50-60 per cent renewable energy with 99.99 per cent reliability.


    Lake Kepwari: from open-cut coal mine to water sports landmark, Premier Coal

    The former Lake Kepwari open cut coal mine has been rehabilitated into a 100 hectare water body, surrounded by 120 hectares of bushland.

    Recreational facilities have been constructed and the area was opened to the public in December 2020.


    Community Partnership Resources Sector Award - Shortlisted Applicants


    Men in Sheds and Mitsui E&P Australia Deconstruction

    Through a partnership with Dongara Men in Sheds, Mitsui E&P Australia assisted with removing redundant infrastructure for recycling, providing onsite training to volunteers and providing resources to Men in Sheds and the broader community.


    Dandjoo Darbalung Program - St Catherine's College and IGO, AngloGold Ashanti, Sandfire Resources and Barminco

    St Catherine's College provides various community and support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Perth through the Dandjoo Darbalung program.

    The program has attracted an increasing number of mining company partners over the past three years and provides academic support, a stronger recognition of indigenous culture support, wellbeing assistance, job preparation and mentoring to remote communities.