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Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston

Resources Projects Hoping To Win Gold

Victor P Taffa

  • 4 projects eligible for the 2019 Golden Gecko Award
  • Winner will be announced at the Awards for Excellence ceremony on 22 August 2019

Renewable energy, recycling materials and research programs are all aspiring to win the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s 2019 Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence.

“There is an increased global focus on renewables, recycling and repurposing of materials. It’s good to see these projects are demonstrating that Western Australia is aiming to be a leader in this area.” Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill 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.”


Ranging from the innovative use of discarded materials, to setting new standards in renewable energy use and guarding delicate marine environments, these projects demonstrate a dedication to reducing waste and protecting the environment.

Now in their 28th year, the Golden Gecko Award recognises outstanding contributions to innovation and environmental outcomes in the resources sector.

Winner of the Golden Gecko Award will be announced at the department’s Resources Sector Awards for Excellence on 22 August 2019, with the Community Partnership Resources Sector Award.

Eligible Nominees Are:

The DeGrussa Solar Project, Sandfire Resources NL

Since commencing in 2016, this project has reduced Sandfire Resources’ carbon emissions at the DeGrussa Copper-Gold Mine by 30,789 tonnes and offset the use of 11 Million litres of diesel. It is the largest integrated off-grid solar and battery storage facility in Australia.

Exmouth Integrated Artificial Reef, Subcon, BHP, NERA, Recfishwest, Curtin University

Also known as King Reef, this is the largest purpose-built integrated artificial reef in the Southern Hemisphere and the first of its kind in Australia. What makes it so unique is the reef is partially made up of repurposed offshore structures from the oil and gas industry.

Drill Bit Recycling Program, Australasian Mining Services Pty Ltd (AMS)

AMS collects used drill bits and organises transport from mine sites across the Pilbara to their recycling facility to extract tungsten carbide. Since January 2016, AMS in conjunction with Fortescue Metals Group and Roy Hill Holdings has recycled 133,279 kg of material and donated $97,857 to community groups, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Roy Hill Community Foundation.

Dredging Science Node, The Western Australian Marine Science Institution

This collaborative research project will improve the planning and regulation of major dredging operations in Western Australia, nationally and internationally. The project utilises in-depth analysis and applied science to improve confidence in the social, environmental and financial outcomes of major dredging activities associated with construction and expansion projects in the mining, energy and port sectors.


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