Principles and Commitments
MRV Tarong Basin Coal has developed the following principles to guide community and stakeholder engagement as part of the Project. These principles are to:
• work within communities and strive to leave zero harm/ no adverse impact, and ensure we contribute, promote and participate in healthy, proactive relationships and community capacity building;
• be committed to building a reputation within the community and public-eye as an ethical and trusted operator;
• be committed to operating in a sustainable and socially responsible matter;
• establish and maintain enduring and mutually beneficial relationships with communities;
• be open, transparent and timely about information that may have a major effect on the community;
• promote mutually beneficial partnerships where possible by investing in organisations, events and local activities;
• create a framework and environment that encourages the participation of employees in community related activities.
How we will consult
A Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan has been prepared to set out how and when the Company will consult, communicate and engage about the Project.
The outcome of the Plan is to achieve common understanding amongst stakeholders regarding the Project and how MRV will work with them to minimise potential adverse impacts and maximise potential beneficial impacts.
The outcome is also for the Company to gain an informed understanding of stakeholder values to ensure that the engagement approach undertaken not only meets regulatory requirements, but community needs and expectations.
During 2017, consultation will:
• Continue building relationships and identify additional stakeholders;
• Update stakeholders on MRV activities and EIS findings;
• Obtain feedback on maximising project opportunities and impact mitigation;
• Identify potential issues and perceived risks.
We will correspond with the community through newsletters, fact sheets, media releases and adverts, presentations to community and industry forums, letters and in-person meetings.
Community feedback is important
The community can correspond with us via the enquiry email address, free-call information telephone line or by writing to our address. Please refer to the ‘Contact us’ page for details.
Job and business opportunities and mine closure/ legacy issues are areas with considerable opportunities for stakeholder influence and for which comments and feedback are invited through formal consultation exercises. It is these issues which are most likely to benefit long-term community development and strengthen social and economic capital in the Region through the Project.