Community and stakeholders

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 the Taranaki region of New Zealand and 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.
 

Case study: Stakeholder and community engagement activities in the Perth Basin

AWE created and launched the Mid West community website in March 2015 to provide local residents and stakeholders with a source of detailed and relevant information about AWE’s exploration and appraisal activities in the north Perth Basin. The website is updated regularly with general information about the company and specific information about our operating activities, work opportunities, health and safety, community engagement, upcoming events, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a regularly updated blog. The website can be visited at: www.awemidwest.com.au.

In April 2015, AWE hosted an open community information exchange in the town of Dongara/Port Denison to update the local Mid West community about the company’s ongoing operations and forward plans in the region, and to encourage feedback from local residents, farmers and business owners. The information exchange focused on the Senecio and Waitsia gas fields, located approximately 15 km east of Dongara, where AWE’s appraisal and development activities are planned to continue in 2015-16. AWE employees from our technical, drilling, environment, community engagement and project management teams were available during the event to answer questions and listen to issues raised by local people.

 

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