MRF awarded for developing the economy

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management were presented on Wednesday 28 October.
Date: Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) Mining Rehabilitation Fund (MRF) has been recognised for its contribution to economic development in Western Australia.

The MRF was announced last night as a winner in the developing the economy category of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

DMP was an equal winner in the category with the Pilbara Ports Authority.

Accepting the award on behalf of the department, DMP Deputy Director General Dr Tim Griffin said it was extremely pleasing that the department’s efforts to deliver better environmental outcomes, and stimulate jobs and the economy had been recognised.

“The MRF has achieved a number of significant milestones that have positively contributed to the Western Australian economy,” Dr Griffin said.

“There have now been two compulsory MRF reporting periods and the value of the fund will approach $60 million once the 2015 levies have been collected.

“To ensure Western Australia’s mining industry is developed sustainably it is vitally important that rehabilitation occurs sooner rather than later”.

“The MRF ensures the State has a fund available to rehabilitate mining operations where mining companies have been unable to fulfil their environmental obligations.

“These are positive changes for the Western Australian Government and for this DMP could not be more proud.”

Dr Griffin acknowledged the high level of engagement and support from the mining sector to progress the MRF model and resolve issues.

Premier Colin Barnett presented the awards at a ceremony on Wednesday 28 October.

The awards recognise outstanding initiatives and extraordinary achievements in the Western Australian public sector.

“Awards programs such as these, promote the public sector as an employer of choice, promote the collaborative work of the public sector and the benefits to the WA community, and increase awareness of outstanding bodies of work recognised for excellence in public sector management,” Mr Barnett said.

Further details of the Premier’s Awards finalists and winners are available on the Public Sector Commission website.