Local Voices is a dynamic interaction between Port Waratah and the communities neighbouring their operations, coordinated by CSIRO, which is providing the communities with an opportunity to express their views and experiences directly into the company.
Participants from the communities neighbouring Port Waratah’s operation are invited to share their views on issues related to the company’s activities through a series of surveys. CSIRO collects and analyses the data, and presents it back to the communities and to Port Waratah in useful ways, so that clarity and understanding improve between the groups, and the company is better informed regarding issues of concern to the communities.
The process will continue for two years, tracking community attitudes toward issues like the effectiveness of community investment programs, dust, noise, employment, skills training, and development initiatives. Importantly, it is also tracking the relationship between Port Waratah and the neighbouring communities, and whether this is strengthening.
All community members from neighbouring communities are encouraged to take part, and the aim is to ensure that a diverse sample of community members participates.
For every completed survey, participants receive tokens which they allocate to their chosen eligible not-for-profit community group, and these are then converted to cash for the group’s use.