AGL and the Community
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.
AGL welcomes the opportunity to speak with the community and those who wish to learn more about the Project.
AGL has developed an strategy to ensure the community is engaged and informed about the NGSF project. It can be viewed here.
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.
Community Consultative Committee
Consultation is currently underway with the local community, landowners and local government. AGL has delivered letters to the local community and key stakeholders informing them about the project and inviting them to be part of the Community Consultative Committee (CCC). These letters can be viewed here. An advertisement was also placed in the Newcastle Herald and the Port Stephens Examiner on 21st June 2012. The advert can be viewed here.
The CCC's Terms of Reference were developed in August 2012, and outline the objectives and role of the committee. The CCC's Terms of Reference can be viewed here.
The CCC meets regularly. The minutes of those meetings will be posted below as they become available.
CCC Minutes - 8 May 2013
CCC Minutes - 6 February 2013
CCC Minutes - 4 October 2012
CCC Minutes - 4 July 2012
Hunter Region Botanic Gardens - Volunteer Day
On 31st May 2012, the Newcastle Gas Storage Facility project team pulled on their boots, rolled down their sleeves, applied mosquito repellent, hats and sun cream and headed north to the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens (HRBG) for an action packed day of Volunteer gardening. The Gardens, covering an area of approximately 133ha, have been operating since 1985 as a non profit operation run buy volunteers. The HRBG is a neighbour to AGL's recently approved Newcastle Gas Storage Facility (NGSF).
The NGSF will require the removal of four (4) E.Paramatensis, otherwise known as 'Earps Gum' trees being trees classified as being of state significance. To compensate for the loss of these trees, AGL partnered with HRBG to collect seeds from those Earps Gum trees on the AGL development footprint for propagation. The seedlings were then watered and nurtured in the nursery at the HRBG and are now ready for planting. So far, 60 Earps Gum trees have been successfully planted at HRBG.
It was a significant day for the Project team to assist in not only planting these trees but to invest time in the community. View images of the tree-planting here.
"We are thrilled to be part of the on-going success story that is the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens", said Tim Knill, the Construction Project Manager. "We look forward to returning as volunteers next year."
For the AGL project team it was a great team day out which proved most fulfilling and rewarding.
AGL plans to start construction of its Newcastle Gas Storage Facility in August this year and will have a fully operational facility by Winter 2015.
How to find out more
For further information please contact Naomi Rowe, Community Relations Manager, on our contact us page.