Awards for excellence

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As Western Australia’s lead agency regulating the State’s resources sector, the department is committed to ensuring the sector is developed and managed responsibly and sustainably for the benefit of all Western Australians.

To help showcase that our nationally significant industry is not only sustainable, but also meets the safety, environmental and community balance that is expected of industry today, the department has established the annual Awards for Excellence.

The Awards for Excellence brings together the prestigious Golden Gecko environmental awards, Community Partnership Resources Sector Award, and for the first time, the Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards.

By recognising exceptional advances and innovations throughout the resources sector, the department seeks to encourage higher industry standards to help develop and maintain community confidence in mineral and petroleum activities.

The 2017 Awards for Excellence winners were announced at a ceremony on Thursday 26 October 2017.

The winners were:

Safety and Health Resources Sector Award

Engineering – Rail-Mounted Working at Heights Platforms, Rio Tinto

Systems and People – Iluka Resources Winston Partnership, Iluka Resources (South West Operations)

Safety Representatives – The Safety Barometer, Fortescue Metals Group

Community Partnership Resources Sector Award

KBULG and KCGM Environmental and Sustainability Partnership, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban LandCare Group and Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines

Golden Gecko Award

Banksia Woodlands - A Restoration Guide for the Swan Coastal Plain, Hanson Construction Materials and Kinds Park Botanic Gardens

Safety and Health Resources Sector Award

The Safety and Health Resources Sector Awards recognise individuals, teams and companies that have developed a new initiative or an original solution to specific safety and health problems in the workplace.

The Awards aim to promote the application of safety and health innovation across the Western Australian resources sector. This may involve new initiatives and leadership which support the safety, health and wellbeing of the workforce; implementation of a new process, procedure, design and/or introduction of innovation or new equipment in response to specific safety and health challenges.

Entry is open to all Western Australian resources sector companies and/or sites including contractors. Find out how to enter.


Community Partnership Award - logo

The Community Partnership Resources Sector Award recognises outstanding achievements and leadership in building constructive community partnerships that provide positive outcomes and promote strong guiding behaviour for industry.

The award publicly recognises partnerships between resource companies and communities that extend beyond the normal obligations and requirements to leave a positive and lasting legacy.

That recognition aims to build the reputation of resources and extractive industry operators that are working closely with communities, or community groups, to understand local concerns and issues, provide constructive outcomes, and leave a positive legacy that extends well beyond gaining a social licence to operate. More….

The Golden Gecko Awards

Established since 1992, The Golden Gecko Awards for Environmental Excellence recognise leading practice and innovation in environmental management and provide an opportunity to share experiences between government, industry and the community.

Since the inception of the Golden Gecko Awards, the department has presented 59 Award recipients and 51 Certificate of Merit in acknowledgment of outstanding contributions to develop WA's resources in a responsible manner.

The awards provides an opportunity to share experiences between Government, industry and the community, while helping operators build the reputation of being a responsible corporate citizen with a responsible attitude to the environment.  More…