The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's Resources Sector Awards for Excellence are now open for nominations.

Focusing on environmental and sustainable benefits to communities, the awards acknowledge innovation, outstanding performance and leadership to ensure that the State's resources are developed in a responsible manner.

Since 1992, the prestigious Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence, has recognised more than 60 projects for demonstrating innovation and outstanding performance, which improved the environmental outcomes for Western Australia.

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said the Awards for Excellence play an important role in sharing project knowledge and encouraging others to continually improve.

“These awards are an important part of recognising and advancing the sector's innovation and technological capabilities to ensure Western Australia remains globally competitive and a leader in the resources sector,” he said.

The Community Partnership Resources Sector Award recognises those who are building sustainable partnerships with communities that extend beyond the life of a project. This year, for the first time, more than one Community Partnership Award may be given to recognise smaller resource operations with shorter lifespans.

Nominations for this year's awards close 5pm Wednesday April 8, the winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in August.   

Image: Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston, The West Australian.