Peabody Pacific and Cobar Management have won top honours at Monday night’s New South Wales Minerals Council environment and community excellence awards.
Peabody’s Metropolitan Colliery won the Environment award for its successful work at Waratah Rivulet, where the company has completed a remediation trial using polyurethane to repair localised cracking in a section of the rivulet.
The technique was recently approved by the Sydney Catchment Authority.
Cobar Management won the Community award for its collaboration with the local population to establish the Cobar Primary Health Centre, which opened earlier this year with three doctors, two nurses and the Aboriginal Medical Service.
Rather than the traditional approach of providing in-house medical services, the medical facility in Cobar is sustainable over the long term and accessible to the entire community.
“These two projects are superb examples of the historic transformation which has taken place in the mining industry over the past 10 years in relation to its social and environmental obligations to the communities in which companies and their employees live and work,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Dr Nikki Williams said.
“Our annual awards are an opportunity to acknowledge leadership, innovation and commitment to environmental management and community engagement.”
Peabody’s Wilpinjong Coal Mine won the night’s other big award, People’s Choice, for the successful partnership between the mine and North East Wiradjuri people under the Native Title agreement.