Eligible activities and how to enter

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The 2017 Golden Gecko Awards are now closed.

Regardless of scale, any submission is eligible if it meets the following requirements:

The project entered must:

  • be based in Western Australia (including State waters, but not Commonwealth waters)
  • relate to a resource industry operation (i.e. mining, petroleum, geothermal or geosequestration)
  • relate to environmental management
  • be able to demonstrate how the project meets the criteria.

Entries are encouraged from individuals, small companies and organisations.Submissions can be for an activity, several activities or a whole operation. Your submission needs to clearly identify the aspects or activities which demonstrate excellence and the resulting environmental outcomes and benefits. While a submission can be made for a whole operation or project, it is important that you clearly identify specific actions that show excellence, leadership and have demonstrable environmental outcomes.

Examples of activities which can be entered for an award include, but are not limited to:

  • community participation
  • energy conservation
  • exploration
  • petroleum production and pipelines
  • pollution prevention
  • rehabilitation
  • technical development
  • decommissioning and mine closure
  • environmental engineering
  • mining and/or mineral processing
  • planning
  • prospecting
  • scientific research
  • training and education
  • environmental offset programs
  • carbon neutral programs
  • waste minimisation and recycling.

How to enter

Assessment criteria

It is important to clearly establish how your innovation and leadership has resulted in demonstrated environmental outcomes. Efforts to communicate and share your findings with the industry and community are looked on favourably.

  • Demonstrated excellent environmental outcomes
  • Commitment to environmental excellence
  • Demonstrates beyond regulatory compliance or sets a new industry standard or innovation
  • Community engagement and corporate social responsibility

What to include in your 10-page submission

You have up to ten pages to succinctly describe your project and how it measures up to the criteria. The submission needs to address each of the criteria and include photos, graphs, tables, testimonials, etc, that best demonstrate the main initiatives and results of your project. If your entry is short-listed, you will have the opportunity to provide more information at a site visit or presentation.

The following provides details and a suggested format on how you may want to structure your submission. Remember:

  1. Keep your entry succinct. You don't need to use all ten pages.
  2. Keep to the context. Your submission is trying to highlight the facts of your projects and the benefits of it.
  3. Use dot points if you wish. You can get information across easily in dot points and tables.

Suggested Format: Introduction

It is best to provide an introduction to the project by providing a brief background of the project and the company. This provides context for the Assessment Panel and Selection Committee who are not all from the resources development industry. Details can include what the operation/project is addressing, its location, the size, the number of people involved, the history to the project and its relevance to Western Australia.

Demonstrated excellent environmental outcomes

This is the key criterion to the Awards. It is important that you are able to clearly demonstrate that the project has been established and that it has achieved its environmental outcomes. You need to be able to provide tangible evidence that the environmental benefits of your project have been proven. You need to describe the environmental results directly achieved by the operation/project. Facts and figures are essential for this criterion.

You should think about the outputs or outcomes of the project related to the environmental objectives. Outputs may include:

  • research results
  • published journal articles
  • new techniques or equipment that is developed
  • survey results
  • the areas of vegetation cleared
  • monitoring of mine site

It is also important to describe the outcome of the project. Examples may include:

  • Reduced emissions/clearing/impact
  • Proliferation of a species
  • Reduced buffer zone

Commitment to environmental excellence

This criterion seeks to understand why you have undertaken the project in this manner. In this section you could mention the financial commitment, involvement of senior management, risk assessments undertaken, any management systems that the entrant has, training and induction programs, etc. Initiative is the ability to begin or to follow through energetically with a plan or task. i.e. enterprise and determination.

Demonstrates beyond regulatory compliance or sets a new industry standard or innovation.

For this criterion, you have the option of choosing which best reflects your project.

  • Does your project display elements that go beyond regulatory compliance? If so, how is the project beyond compliance? It may be useful to compare the current compliance standard and what it is that you have achieved.
  • Does your project set a new standard or benchmark for industry? If so, what was the old standard and how does this better or improve the standard? Will your project be able to be applied across the whole industry?
  • Is your project an innovation? Does the project create something new or modify something existing. How will this innovation impact the industry and how will it be able to be used in future projects and by others? Innovation is the creation of something new (ideas, forms, methods or interpretations) resulting from intuition, study and/or experimentation.

Community engagement and corporate social responsibility

This criterion allows you to answer either or both community engagement and corporate social responsibility. Both of these should be answered in the context of the project. For community engagement, how has the community be involved in the project – were they consulted, did they undertake any work, were local contractors used, were any specific community organisations involved, etc

For corporate social responsibility, how has the company engaged its workforce in this project or in environmental awareness? Has there been any non-work interactions between the company and the locals? It is important to remember that the Assessment Panel will look at the whole of the operation or project to understand the environmental culture and verify environmental performance.

Key submission dates

Nominations for 2017 are now closed. Winners will be announced at the Awards for Excellence ceremony in October. The 2018 Awards for Excellence will open early next year.

Assessment process

Each entry is reviewed to ensure that it is eligible to be considered for an award. Throughout May, June and July the Assessment Panel assesses each entry by undertaking a review of the written submissions and an inspection of each nominated site/operation. If a site inspection is not feasible or practical then the Assessment Panel will meet with the entrants in Perth to discuss their submission.

  • The panel then prepares a detailed report on each of the submissions for the Selection Committee.
  • The Selection Committee assesses each written submission and reviews the Assessment Panel's report during July.
  • The Selection Committee then selects the award recipients, and the Minister for Mines and Petroleum presents the Golden Gecko Awards which are generally held in September.

The Assessment Panel has representatives from:

  • Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions
  • Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
  • Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

The Selection Committee is chaired by the Director General of the Department of Mines and Petroleum and includes three independent members.