Ports authority bags two top State gongs
■ The Pilbara Ports Authority received top gongs at two prestigious award ceremonies in Perth last week.
PPA was awarded the prestigious Western Australian Premier’s Award for its groundbreaking Tidal Model Project in the Developing the Economy category on October 28.
The project is a tidal model study that was conducted at Port Hedland in 2010 to accurately identify existing, deeper channel depths.
The study, which, when combined with maintenance dredging targeting high spots in 2013, has achieved an extra depth of 71cm in the shipping channel.
The initiative was recognised for its work to increase the Port’s export capacity and ability to manage risk without significant environmental impacts.
PPA was also a finalist in the Golden Gecko Award for Environmental Excellence for its Mangrove Rehabilitation Program on October 29.
Minister of Mines and Petroleum Bill Marmion also presented merit awards to the Pilbara Mesquite Management Committee for their comprehensive weed management programs across the region.
PPA chief executive Roger Johnston said it was an honour for the company to be recognised.