Contribution Awards

The GEMG committee wished to recognise long standing members and those who have had a long standing participation in enhancing environmental management within the Goldfields. In 2014 the first contribution awards were presented to recipients from across the environmental management community at the GEMG workshop dinner. We have continued this tradition at the 2016, 2018 and 2021 workshops.  If you would like to nominate someone for a contribution award please email our secretary.

Jim Williams
Andrea Reid
Greg Barrett

Greg was a founding member of the GEMG in the late 1980s and was President in 1996. Greg was also a founding member of the Goldfields Naturalists’ Club and during his time in the Goldfields he was the able to organize the field work and write the report for the biological survey of Victoria Rock Nature Reserve. He then went on to complete a PhD looking at salt tolerance in Goldfields plants.  Greg has since continued to be an active contributor and mentor in the environmental management field.


Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson has been involved with the GEMG since the early 2000’s, and has presented at almost every GEMG Conference since then. Scott also co-authored the field guide book “Reptiles of the Western Australian Goldfields”, that the GEMG assisted publishing.

Graham Thompson

Awarded to Graham for his contribution to the GEMG Conferences, being an active researcher in the last 20 years in ecology, physiology, and reptiles, and has presented at almost all GEMG conferences in that time. Graham has also co-authored a field guide book “Reptiles of the Western Australian Goldfields”, that the GEMG assisted publishing.

Brian Moyle

As a member of Goldfields Threatened Flora Recovery Team and the Cliffs Community Reference Group, Brian has dedicated a lot of his own time to run/assist with a successful campaign to save the Helena and Aurora Ranges. Brian has also been a volunteer for the Wildflower Society and Department of Parks and Wildlife and assists the herbarium on a weekly basis. 

Catherine Wharton

Long standing and dedicated member of the GEMG Committee (Since 2008), serving in almost all executive committee roles. Outside KCGM, she is an active member of Kalgoorlie-Boulder community volunteering her time at various events.

Kylie Payne

Awarded to Kylie for her contribution to the Goldfields at CALM and KBULG. Previously an important Executive Officer of KBULG that made it the award winning organisation it was in the 1990’s/2000.

Colin Woolard

Awarded to Colin for his long time contribution to the GEMG committee from its commencement in 1987/88. Presented at the original workshop in 1987


Michelle Berryman

Awarded to Michelle for her almost 20 years in environmental management associated with KCGM. This culminated  in the significant improvements in dust management and sulfur dioxide management at the Super Pit with the ultra fine grind circuit.

Graeme Campbell

Awarded to Graeme for his contribution to waste characterisation in the mining industry. Graeme has shown a passion to educate those on the risks associated with adverse rock types encountered during mining operations.

Tony Fitz-Gibbon

Awarded to Tony for his significant contribution to recycling across the Goldfields through not-for-profit organisation Ruggies Recycling. Ruggies recycling has established waste disposal relationships with numerous mines in the Goldfields and raises funds for PMH and Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Ian Kealley

Awarded to Ian for his contribution to environmental management through his work at the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Ian has been a pillar for positive proactive environmental management in the Goldfields for over 30 years.

John Law

Awarded to John for his contribution to the Goldfields over the last 30 years. John was a founding member of the GEMG and has worked in government, consulting and  mine rehabilitation. He continuously looks for ways to innovate and do things better.

Jeff Waddington

Awarded to Jeff for his contribution to mentor and develop environmental professionals. Since his time at St Barbara he has been chairman of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Goldfields Environmental Forum and supporter of the GEMG workshop.


Belinda Bastow

Awarded to Belinda for her active contribution to GEMG committee. Belinda shares knowledge through her wonderful presentations at GEMG workshops and actively participating in GEMG events.    

Gay and Gerry Bradley

Awarded to Gay for her contribution to the GEMG committee. Gay help facilitate workshop in 1992 to 1996 and was involved with the production of the Plant Identification Handbook in collaboration with Steve Rusbridge. Awarded to Gerry for his contribution to the workshop and enthusiasm for sharing knowledge.    

Claire Burns (Mcguire)

Awarded to Claire for her contribution to the GEMG committee. Claire has been President and Secretary of the GEMG for 4 workshops.

Nick Galton-Fenzi

Awarded to Nick for his contribution to the GEMG committee. Nick was President of the GEMG from 2005 to 2008 and Vice President from 2008 to 2011.

Ray Gerrard

Awarded to Ray for his constant contribution to environmental management in the Goldfields particularly in regard to rehabilitation of mine waste landforms.

Harley Lacy

Awarded to Harley for his contribution to the environmental management. Harley has presented numerous presentations at GEMG workshops and supportive innovative ideas such as the Ecosystem Function Analysis.

Danielle Risbey

Awarded to Danielle Risbey for her commitment to environmental management in the Goldfields through her work at the Department of Mines and Petroleum.

Steve Rusbridge

Awarded to Steve for his involvement in bringing together information to produce the Plant Identification Handbook. Steve took all the photos and wrote the descriptions.

Kristy Sell

Awarded to Kristy for contribution to environmental management over the past 20 years. Kristy has contributed to the GEMG workshops and been a mentor for young environmental professionals.  

Andrea Williams

Awarded to Andrea for her contribution to the GEMG committee. Andrea was been involved with the group since 1994 and was Treasurer from 2004 to 2010.