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Marine turtle research takes environmental award

Friday, 21 September 2012

A company which for more than a decade has researched and monitored Western Australia’s sea turtle population, has won the 2012 Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore presented the prestigious award to WA-based company Pendoley Environmental Pty Ltd.

“During the last decade, this small team of dedicated individuals have significantly increased the scientific knowledge of WA’s sea turtle population,” Mr Moore said.

“Through their work, a broad range of marine turtle research and monitoring tools, and monitoring programs, have been developed to support the State’s rapidly growing resources sector. This provides environmental practitioners, regulatory authorities and developers with innovative and practical solutions which protect and conserve these precious species.”

A Certificate of Merit was also awarded to Argyle Diamonds Limited for its work in rehabilitating a contaminated site.

“The company committed to remediating contaminated groundwater at their Belmont Training Centre.  Argyle was not aware of the contamination when they purchased the site, but have spent considerable time and money in addressing the legacy they inherited,” the Minister said.

The Department of Mines and Petroleum’s Golden Gecko Awards showcase companies that have raised the bar for environmental standards in WA and are working beyond regulatory compliance to set new industry standards for environmental protection and resources sector management.

Mr Moore congratulated all entrants for their leadership in developing new and innovative environmental solutions and said WA’s resources industry is the envy of its competitors.

“To ensure the State continues to be an attractive destination for resources investment, Government and industry must work together towards responsible resource development,” he said.

“The State Government has undertaken a range of environmental reforms to help deliver greater certainty, confidence and clarity surrounding the environmental regulatory system.”

For more information about the Golden Geckos go to www.dmp.wa.gov.au/goldengecko



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