Resource industry environmental awards finalists announced

WA Mines and Petroleum minister Bill Marmion has announced the six finalists for the Golden Gecko awards 2014.


For the first time since the Golden Gecko Award was launched in 1992, the 2014 gala night will be open to all of the resources industry.

Previously only finalists have been invited to the event.

This year the finalists include Newcrest Mining, Geo Oceans, Argyle Diamond Mine, Environmental Rehabilitation WA, Franmarine Underwater Services and Department of Fisheries, and Evolution Mining Edna May Operations.

The Golden Gecko awards are given for environmental excellence, and showcase companies that are leading the industry with innovative environmental practices and strong environmental leadership in Western Australia.

Department of Mines and Petroleum Environment Division executive director Dr Phil Gorey said the award entries are assessed by a panel of environmental officers from various government agencies.

“To receive a Golden Gecko award, nominees must excel across four criteria,” Gorey said.

“These are a commitment to environmental excellence, achieving excellent environmental outcomes, community engagement and what makes the project special.

“All six companies have shown a commitment to Western Australia’s unique environment.”

The ticketed event will be staged in two parts, a brief seminar where finalists will present their submissions, followed by a cocktail networking event where the Golden Gecko winner will be announced.

The 23rd annual Golden Gecko Award at the Duxton Hotel, Perth on 9 October 2014 and Minister Marmion will present the awards.


The initiatives for each finalist are listed on the Department of Mines and Petroleum Website.

Newcrest Mining Limited – Telfer Gold Mine

Copper Concentrate Storage Facility

Newcrest Mining Limited’s submission relates to the construction of a Copper Concentrate Storage Facility at Telfer that prevents the migration of copper concentrate from the existing facility. This was achieved through detailed dust modelling, and the significant reengineering of conventional storage structures for application in the Pilbara desert.


Geo Oceans Pty Ltd. – Perth

Go Visions Marine Habitat Mapping and Monitoring Technology

Geo Oceans delivered the GO Visions system technology R&D project that rapidly assess and monitor large areas of coastal marine habitats that may be impacted by an oil spill event. The GO Visions technology makes collecting marine habitat data more efficient, safer and accurate. The system comprises of image analysis software, cameras, accurate spatial positioning systems and other sensors that are mounted on towed cameras and Remotely Operated Vehicles.


Argyle Diamonds Limited – Argyle Diamond Mine

Maximising the use of renewable energy at Argyle Diamonds

Argyle Diamonds have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 23,300tCO2-e per year at the Argyle Diamond Mine. This was achieved through optimising the efficiency of hydro power usage during normal mining operations and the seasonal dewatering process. This has resulted in a 30% reduction of hydro power usage and a 21% decrease of onsite diesel consumption.


Environmental Rehabilitation WA (ERWA) – Mt Ida

Mt Ida Magnetite Rehabilitation Project – Beyond Best Practice Exploration Rehabilitation

ERWA undertook a rehabilitation strategy for the Mt Ida Magnetite Exploration Project. ERWA reinstated the natural landforms of Mt Ida back to its physical pre-disturbed form. The rehabilitation will also reduce the chances of erosion of rehabilitated sites and re-established nearby creeks, gullies and drainage lines.


Franmarine Underwater Services and Department of Fisheries – Henderson

In-Water Hull Cleaning System

Franmarine Underwater Services developed a system that can vastly reduce biosecurity risks and the carbon footprint associated with large marine vessels. The project eradicates marine biofouling of Large Marine Vessels using an in-water treatment, vessel encapsulation and cleaning technologies. This eliminates biological risk to the environment and any damage to the anti-fouling coat.


Evolution Mining Edna May Operations – Project: Eremophila resinosa Translocation Program

Evolution Mining, in conjunction with the Kings Park Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority has developed an Environmental Management Plan for Eremophila resinosa in order to protect and mitigate any disturbance to the rare species during mine expansion. The project, involving several separate translocations, is based on leading and evolving scientific discoveries and innovative horticultural practices which have improved our knowledge of the biology of the species and its cultural requirements. This is the first instance that E. resinosa has successfully been propagated and translocated outside of a controlled environment.

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