Golden Gecko Awards To Be Presented On 26 October 2017

Golden Gecko Awards To Be Presented On 26 October 2017

Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston

Golden Gecko Awards Finalists Announced

Victor P Taffa

  • 5 finalists announced for prestigious environmental award
  • Winner to be announced at Awards for Excellence Ceremony in October

Protection and rehabilitation is the focus of the 5 projects vying for the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s prestigious Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence.

“McGowan Government strongly encourages striving for excellence in health, safety and environmental responsibility that benefits the community and industry.” Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston said.

“It is always encouraging to see companies in Western Australia pushing the status quo and setting standards for industry nationally and internationally.”


Variety of mining rehabilitation projects reflects the State’s different environments from sand mining in the Swan Coastal Plain, to Banded Ironstone Ranges in the Mid-West and large scale iron ore mines in the Pilbara.

Western Australian miners are demonstrating there can be a balance between mining and nature through successful rehabilitation.

“Finalists are a credit to the resources sector, they have demonstrated innovative thinking and used new technologies to safeguard our State.” Minister Johnston said.

“By sharing these projects with industry, the department is encouraging others in the resources sector to continually improve and be at the forefront in environmental outcomes.”

3 of this year’s entries have a rehabilitation focus, the other entries include a northern quoll protection program and a system that reduces the environmental impacts of exploration.

Golden Gecko Awards celebrate innovation and leadership in environmental management in the resources sector.

Golden Gecko Awards will be presented at the department’s annual Awards for Excellence night on Thursday October 26, along with the Community Partnership and the inaugural Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards.


5 Project Finalists Are:

Banksia Woodlands – A Restoration Guide for the Swan Coastal Plain

Hanson Construction Materials and Kings Park and Botanic Gardens

This resource provides the first comprehensive overview for practitioners, researchers and policymakers to assist Banksia woodland restoration activities and decisions. It provides a platform to build future strategies so these iconic systems remain an important part of the ecosystem.

Protecting our Northern Quolls from Introduced Predators

Rio Tinto Iron Ore

In collaboration with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Rio Tinto developed a threatened species plan to offset residual impacts to the Pilbara olive python and northern quoll for the Yandicoogina JSW and Oxbow project in the Pilbara.

Venturi Reverse Circulation Drilling Waste Removal System

Rio Tinto Iron Ore

After successfully developing and implementing the Venturi Reverse Circulation Drilling Waste Removal System into its exploratory drilling activities, Rio Tinto Iron Ore also identified several environmental benefits including reducing required ground disturbance, reducing hydrocarbon use and better managing drilling waste.

Utilising Mining Technology for the Tracking and Management of Rehabilitation Materials

Roy Hill Holdings

Roy Hill Holdings has discovered the benefits of utilising technology to track rehabilitation materials, including automated storage of data, effective tracking and management of materials, management of weed infested topsoil and the potential to manage hostile wastes.

Leading Practice in Banded Iron Formation Restoration

Sinosteel Midwest Corporation and the Botanic Garden and Parks Authority

Sinosteel Midwest Corporation established a 7-year research partnership with Kings Park Science (Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority) to tackle the complex environmental and biodiversity issues associated with post mining restoration of a threatened ecological community in a banded iron formation landform.