THE Western Australian Government is inviting resource organisations to nominate for a new award recognising pioneering partnerships between industry and local communities.

Nominations for the Department of Mines and Petroleum’s inaugural Community Partnership Award opened on Monday, 1 February

“The new award provides an exciting platform for companies and communities to showcase the positive outcomes their partnerships have brought to the people of Western Australia,” Mines and Petroleum Minister Marmion said.

“There are many excellent examples of how, by working alongside communities and engaging with people in a meaningful way, resources companies are leaving constructive and lasting legacies.

“This award will also help further build WA’s reputation for setting global standards across the resources industry.”

Any community group, individual or company operating within the resources industry is eligible to nominate a project for the Community Partnership Award.

Minister Marmion said submissions will be judged on how they demonstrate leadership and innovation in engagement, the benefits of the collaboration, and the project’s commitment to providing sustainable benefits.

“Any major development can bring change to a community, however, this award aims to recognise initiatives that go beyond simply gaining local endorsement to operate a mining or petroleum project,” the minister said.

Nominations close Friday, 29 April.

Following an assessment process involving a selection committee, the winner will be announced by Minister Marmion at the Departm