AGL's goal is to connect with the community in ways which make a genuine positive contribution, engage our people and strengthen our business. To achieve this goal, AGL's community efforts involve both active communication and contributions.
AGL will continue to provide stakeholders with timely information to assist them in their understanding of the Project and its relationship to the community and the environment. We welcome the opportunity to speak with the community and those who wish to learn more about the Project.
We are constantly striving to improve the ways in which we engage the community about our projects. If you have ideas how AGL can improve engagement with the community, please let us know by phone on 1800 039 600 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During construction, AGL consulted with the local community, landowners and local government through a Community Consultative Committee (CCC).
The CCC consisted of representatives from various key stakeholder groups. These included Newcastle City Council, Port Stephens Council, Tomago Van Park, Tomago Aluminium Company, Native Animal Trust Fund and Hunter Water Corporation.
When construction was complete, the Group stopped meeting. AGL’s Community Relations Team have engaged an Independent Chairperson, Lisa Andrews in reconstituting this Committee to become a Community Dialogue Group, as a way of enabling communication between the community and AGL.
Members of the Group include representatives from the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, Wahroonga Aboriginal Corporation, Port Stephens Council, Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF), Hunter Water Corporation, Port Stephens Koalas, Tomago Van Village and the Worimi Aboriginal Land Council. All Members are expected to contribute constructively to the Group’s discussions, attend around two meetings a year, and communicate information about AGL’s gas storage facility and broader AGL initiatives between the committee and the wider community.
Presentations and minutes from previous meetings can be found at the end of this section.
If you are interested in being involved with the Community Dialogue Group, please contact the Independent Chairperson, Lisa Andrews at email@example.com.
The NGSF Community Dialogue Group (left to right): Alex Fitzpatrick (AGL), Jill Dean (Hunter Wildlife Rescue), Lisa Andrews (Independent Chairperson), Audrey Koosmen (Hunter Wildlife Rescue), Dianne Ball (Wahroonga Aboriginal Corporation), Robert Beautement (Hunter Region Botanic Gardens), Geoff Dingle (Community Representative), Aaron Clifton (AGL).
AGL’s Community Relations Team recently ran the BBQ for the Raymond Terrace Soccer Club’s Ladies Day.
The Club’s female teams played brilliantly in their bright pick socks, raising awareness for breast cancer. AGL donated the meat for the BBQ and helped to cook up a storm. All proceeds from our BBQ will be donated to the McGrath Foundation.
During the day, AGL’s ‘Have your say’ board was out in action with members of the community voting that healthy lifestyles and wellbeing, as well as energy affordability, were the most important areas of the community that AGL can contribute to.
Check out some of the photos from the day from the Port Stephens Examiner.
Our team is looking forward to continuing to support the Club with their 60th Anniversary Reunion in August.
On Saturday 27 May 2017 AGL’s Community Relations Team supported the Lions Club in running their BBQ for Hunter Life Education’s World’s Biggest Car Boot Sale at Newcastle Showground.
This event was a great opportunity for the local community to meet our team and ask questions about our Newcastle Gas Storage Facility and broader AGL activities. Our involvement with Hunter Life Education and other community activities in the Greater Newcastle region is part of AGL’s ongoing commitment to the local communities.
Our local teams often have a presence at community events and attend local organisations and community groups to talk about our operations and activities.
If your organisation would like to chat with our Community Relations team regarding an upcoming event, please contact us on 1300 799 716 or AGLCommunity@agl.com.au.
The Newcastle Gas Storage Facility Local Community Investment Program invests funds back into the community by way of financial support for community based initiatives, projects and events.
The Program aims to:
The Local Community Investment Program is run bi-annually and awards funding for community initiatives within the Port Stephens and Newcastle Local Government Areas, of up to $5,000. Applications for funding will be assessed by members of AGL’s Newcastle Gas Storage Facility Community Dialogue Group.
Applications can be made between 9am Monday 30 October 2017 and 5pm 27 November 2017.
Step 2. Submit your application by 5pm 27 November 2017.
Step 3. AGL will contact you regarding the outcome of your application.
For more information, email AGL Community Relations at AGLCommunity@agl.com.au.
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