Project:Mining & Energy

Sustainable Communities Project
BHP Billiton

Sustainable Communities Project BHP Billiton

950

participants

8%

of muswellbrook shire involved

2011

Planning Institute of Australia NSW Public Engagement and Community Planning Award Commendation

#Overview

Social, cultural and community analysis to inform strategic planning in mining towns undergoing significant change.

The Sustainable Communities Project used extensive, leading practice stakeholder and community engagement to determine the cumulative impacts of mining on the local community.

This ‘whole of community’ engagement program explored opportunities to address these impacts via community investments and collaboration. This highly representative engagement involved more than 950 participants or 8% of the Muswellbrook Shire, comprising of community service, economic, health, education and business sectors and the broader community to identify collective opportunities to address and measure impacts. The strong focus on engaging with disadvantaged and marginalised groups helped to identify previously unknown impacts.

#Key Outcomes Achieved

Moved Mt Arthur Coal and the community from traditional forms of engagement along the spectrum towards collaboration and empowerment

Enhanced levels of trust with the community and stakeholders

Strengthened industry engagement by addressing sustainable community investment and development opportunities

Produced a range of studies and plans to inform Mt Arthur Coal's community investment strategy to address cumulative impacts

Project Team

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