AGL Energy Limited (AGL) has announced the nine recipients of the first round of its 2016 Local Community Investment Program (LCIP) grants.

AGL’s Executive General Manager Stakeholder Relations, Jeni Coutts, said that while the company has halted its gas exploration activities in the region and is commencing rehabilitation of its wells, support for the local community is ongoing.

“We are committed to making a positive contribution in the regions where we operate and have been providing LCIP grants twice each year since 2014.  Each round has been worth more than $30,000 and the funds have gone to a range of projects that benefit the community, develop local capacity and are sustainable into the future,” Ms Coutts said.

The recipients of the February application round for 2016 are:

  • Gloucester Country Club water resource project: Increasing the water holding capacity of the Club’s golf course.
  • Gloucester Wormi First People’s Aboriginal Corporation: Funding towards NAIDOC week celebrations and a school dance in partnership with Gloucester Public School.
  • Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Centre: Support for development of the Centre’s “Getting our service out there” communication program. 
  • Dungog Rotary: Funding to support the Pedalfest community event to be held on 9 September.
  • Stroud Road Community Hall & Progress Association: Sponsorship of the “Stroud Road Spring Bash ‘n’ Bang” community event.
  • Gloucester & District Netball Association Club: Funding to support the Club’s kitchen upgrade project.
  • Gloucester Junior Rodeo: Sponsorship of the Glowalman Sporting and Campdraft Championships.
  • Gloucester Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Completion of the Chamber’s  Industrial estate signage project.
  • Midcoast Science and Engineering Challenge: Funding the Dungog discovery day and assisting the Taree week.

AGL's Local Community Investment Program is separate to the $2 million Gloucester Independent Community Legacy Fund announced in February.

About AGL

AGL is one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies. It is taking action to responsibly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while providing secure and affordable energy to its customers. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL serves its customers throughout eastern Australia with meeting their energy requirements, including gas, electricity, solar PV and related products and services. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, solar, landfill gas and biomass.