Newcastle Gas Storage Facility: Community

Community engagement

During construction of the NGSF, AGL consulted with the local community, landowners and local government through a Community Consultative Committee (CCC).

The CCC consisted of representatives from Newcastle City Council, Port Stephens Council, Tomago Van Park, Tomago Aluminium Company, Native Animal Trust Fund and Hunter Water Corporation. It was active for three years during the construction phase.

Minutes from all CCC meetings are below.

Following completion of the facility, AGL’s Community Relations Team engaged an Independent Chairperson, Lisa Andrews to create a Community Dialogue Group (CDG) 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 CDG meetings are below.

If you are interested in being involved with the CDG, please email Lisa Andrews at lisaandrews.ic@gmail.com. Or, if you have ideas about how AGL can improve engagement with the community, please call us on 1800 039 600 or via email at AGLCommunity@agl.com.au.

The Newcastle Gas Storage Facility Community Fund Program is now open

This round of funding of the local community investment program will close on Friday 29 September 2023.

The program is designed to reinvest a portion of revenue earned from the site into nearby communities by way of financial support for community-based initiatives, projects, and events.

The program is available to community groups in and around the Newcastle and Port Stephens area.

The Community Support Program aims to

  • Deliver community-wide benefits from the project.
  • Support the work of existing and future community organisations.
  • Encourage local community innovation and support for issues of community significance.
  • Develop strong relations with the local and wider communities.

AGL will contact you regarding the outcome of your application.

To apply for funding, complete the online form.

If you have any questions about the application process, contact contact AGLCommunity@AGL.com.au.

Community documents