Community consultation at the CO2CRC Otway Project
The CO2CRC Otway Project in south-western Victoria is Australia's first demonstration of carbon dioxide storage, with one of world's most comprehensive monitoring and verification programs.
To inform the public on carbon capture and storage technology, assure the local community of the safety of the project, establish good working relationships with landowners and share the results of CO2CRC research, a community consultation program has been established to provide information and opportunities to raise issues and give feedback. The program follows the values and best practices of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).
Community reference group
The Otway Project community reference group encourages two-way communication and includes local landholders, regulators such as the EPA, local government representatives and community groups. The group holds regular public meetings to:
- provide a regular update of project progress
- provide opportunities for sharing of opinions and ideas
- encourage commitment from all concerned
- provide the opportunity for immediate feedback
Josie McInerney is the Otway Project Liaison Officer and provides a local contact for landholders, researchers, visitors and the local community. Josie is a local resident who works closely with landholders and researchers to ensure good relations on site operations, such as access to local farms for monitoring and sampling surveys.
Visits and events
With other project staff, the Otway Project Liaison Officer also runs events such as Open Days and regular tours of the project for community and industry groups, students, researchers, the media and VIPs. Visitors can see how carbon dioxide is stored underground, hear about the comprehensive monitoring program and find out more about carbon capture and storage.
The latest newsTo keep the community up to date on the Otway Project and CCS developments, CO2CRC publishes regular community newsletters, provides speakers for social and community groups, briefs local government, provides educational resources to local schools, provides comprehensive information including fact sheets and brochures, accesses wider audiences through media coverage and maintains an informative website.