Environment and Sustainability in the Community

Scene of Tallawarra power station from a vantage point.  An eagle flies across the scene.

John McIntyre: This is EnergyAustralia Tallawarra’s power station. It’s located pretty much in the country, and on a beautiful part of the Illawarra. 

Cut to scene of people fishing on a boat on Lake Illawarra, transitioning to vision of the inside of Tallwarra power station.

John McIntyre: Tallawarra is Australia’s most thermally efficient power station.  We have minimal impact on the air quality, very low emissions.  The station itself is very very quiet.  It’s important for us to focus on environmental considerations, particularly for the up and coming generations.

Cut to shot of people sandworming and walking around Lake Illawarra.

John McIntyre: We have a number of programs in place, particularly our sustainability program.

Cut to shot of Conservation Volunteers on site, hand weeding plants.

Sonia Hartog: Conservation Volunteers Australia has had a partnership with EnergyAustralia since 2008.  There’s three main projects, there’s one in New South Wales at Tallawarra, there’s two in Victoria, one at the James White Island Reserve, and another at Yallourn. At Yallourn, we’re doing a series of projects, engaging the local community in different kind of environmental projects.

Photo montage of James Whyte Island before and after scenes, followed by close ups of gum leaves

Sonia Hartog: The Island was donated to us in 2006 and it was a very degraded site, and since EnergyAustralia’s partnered with us we’ve been able to plant over 75,000 trees there, which we’re seeing animals come back to the island, there’s natural seed regeneration there, so it’s really amazing the results we’ve had there.

Renae Rivere: These are the first plants we put in here, and what this used to be was a huge mound of weeds.  And we spent a long time hand-pulling those weeds out, and then we’ve put in here, there’s 400 native plants, and they’ve been in here for four years, and they’re doing really well at the moment.

Sonia Hartog: Having sites close to urban places means that the local community has beautiful green places where they can go, and go and walk and enjoy the natural environment.  I think they also take ownership over these sites once they see all the work that gets put into them. It’s a really great place to go back and bring their families, and even just learn about the environment.

Cut to volunteers talking, (‘Yeah, love those ones, they’re sweet aren’t they? Good for the birds.)

Sonia Hartog: Without the local community involvement we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

Cut to scenes of sand near Lake Illawarra

John McIntyre: Anything that we can to maintain the environment is really important for the sustainability of the lake, and for the community to have some comfort that we’re doing all that we can to preserve the environment, not only for today but for tomorrow as well.

Closing scene of a man in a canoe across Lake Illawarra.

We follow our EnergyAustralia employees and strategic partner Conservation Volunteers Australia, who talk about the key environmental projects that have rejuvenated land and habitats for the local community.  John McIntyre, the Site Manager of Tallawarra Power Station, talks about EnergyAustralia’s environmental, sustainable and social responsibility initiatives, including air quality, tree planting, low emissions and clean water checks.

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