#BetterTogether - Landholder and Community Engagement
Landholder and community engagement is an important aspect of providing essential energy services to Australian communities. As we move increasingly towards a new energy future, there are growing opportunities for proactive engagement between energy businesses, landholders and communities
regarding energy asset development projects and the maintenance of existing energy assets. For transmission businesses, there is likely to be an increase of asset development in line with the growth in renewable energy.
The Better Practice Guide to Landholder and Community Engagement was co-designed by the National Farmers Federation, Queensland Farmers Federation, NSW Farmers Federation, Victorian Farmers Federation, AgForce Queensland, Cotton Australia and Energy Charter signatories APA Group, Powerlink Queensland, TransGrid with support from Essential Energy and Jemena.
It was launched at a National Farmers Federation event with CEO, Tony Mahar, the National Energy Infrastructure Commissioner, Andrew Dyer, NSW Farmers Federation Policy Director, Kathy Rankin and Powerlink GM Communications, Customer & Engagement, Gerard Reilly on 15 September 2021.
The Better Practice Guide sets out what landholders and communities can expect when engaging about new or existing energy assets and aims to:
- Share the high-level principles that help guide engagement with landholders and communities
- Assist in the management of impacts
- Guide any mutual value opportunities which may exist
Its primary purpose is to encourage better engagement and outcomes for landholders and communities and applies to a range of different projects and assets including new or existing electricity transmission lines or substations and new or existing gas pipeline assets i.e. transmission lines and gas pipelines.
Underpinning the Better Practice Guide are high-level principles to guide engagement activities and help to create a benchmark for a consistent approach to build better relationships, respect, trust and confidence.