NSW environment and community awards

The 2008 New South Wales Mineral Council's environment and community excellence awards are to be held tonight at Leura's York Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains.

The 2008 New South Wales Mineral Council’s environment and community excellence awards are to be held tonight at Leura’s York Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains.

Among the finalists are Hill End Gold Limited from the State’s west and the CSA Mine in Cobar.

Hill End Gold is nominated for their remediation project which has returned a large quantity of native fauna and flora to a gully near the village of Hill End, while CSA is nominated for their collaboration with the Cobar community to establish a local health centre.

The awards are part of a two day conference, called Game Plan 21 — Tactics for the Times, which will bring together over 270 mining industry representatives and some of Australia’s leading industry, environment, community and communications professionals.

Speakers at the event include Earth Hour founder Todd Sampson, ABC science journalist Robyn Williams, CEO of the Climate Institute John Connor and executive of the Australian Employment Covenant Warren Mundine.

“The mining industry takes very seriously its social and environmental obligations to the communities in which companies and their employees live and work and it continues to seek excellence in these fields,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Dr Nikki Williams said.

“Over the past 10 years the industry has undergone an historic transformation, as companies increasingly embrace environmental and social outcomes as crucial measures of success.”

Topics for discussion at the conference include water management, climate change, mine site rehabilitation and community engagement.

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