Engaging and working with key stakeholders, especially local communities, is crucial to AWE’s long term business sustainability.
AWE has a well-established track record in community engagement in Western Australia’s Perth Basin, where good stakeholder relationships are vital to maintaining a sustainable business and a social licence to operate. Over time, AWE has built strong relationships with the local communities, educational institutions, regulators, indigenous and freehold landowners, and local and state governments.
Our dealings with all stakeholders are characterised by transparency, a spirit of positive engagement, honesty and integrity. These qualities will continue to underpin our operations, particularly as we increase activity levels in the onshore Perth Basin.
AWE’s approach to community and stakeholder engagement is based on two key foundations:
- operations are based in the community (no fly in fly out), and
- face to face contact is essential for building positive relationships
We engage with people and communities in a number of ways, including open information exchange sessions, presentations, site visits, websites and email, and one-on-one meetings. These interactions provide numerous opportunities for communities and landowners to voice their concerns and offer stakeholders an insight into AWE’s current and planned operations.
AWE also continued its close working relationship with the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry to ensure that local businesses were able to participate in contract tendering processes for the Waitsia project. This is consistent with AWE’s stated objective of using local service providers wherever possible.