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Port Waratah seeking Local Voices for annual survey

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Port Waratah is again inviting local stakeholders to share their views on its operations and activities through the Local Voices survey during March.

The independent assessment gives residents an opportunity to engage with the organisation on topics important to them, such as environmental impact management and economic contributions.

This edition of the survey, now in its sixth year, aligns with Port Waratah recently publishing its Climate Action Plan, which identified climate change as a topic of significant interest among stakeholders.

One of the focus topics also aims to explore attitudes towards the export of coal.

Port Waratah CEO Hennie du Plooy said Local Voices had become an important element of its engagement program.

“We value the feedback – and it helps to improve the way we operate,” he explained.

“So, we’re inviting the community to be part of our improvement loop.

“We’re proud of this regular engagement model.

“It allows us to build strong relationships with our community and hear directly from our portside suburb neighbours.”

Local Voices is a unique initiative developed within Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.

The survey will be delivered by Voconiq and provides Port Waratah with data every six months, highlighting perceptions at a point in time but also longer-term trends.

Voconiq co-founder and CEO Dr Kieren Moffat admitted one of the advantages of Local Voices was it allowed companies to make more informed decisions and prioritise issues that matter most to their community relationships.

“There is enormous value for residents in being heard by the corporations that work alongside them,” he said.

“Through Local Voices, portside community members and people in the broader Newcastle area are directly influencing how Port Waratah thinks about its operations, plans for the future and invests locally.”

To emphasise its value, $5 for every completed survey is donated to a local community organisation.

And, since 2018, more than $27,700 in funding has been distributed to groups in the Newcastle area.

Have your say about Port Waratah’s operations and activities before 31 March.

For more information and to register and complete the Local Voices Community Survey, visit pwcs.com.au/survey.

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