We understand your concern about our past behaviour. We need to do better.
All the breaches and fines you have referenced are publicly available and as a major ASX listed company our conduct is rightly subject to high levels of regulator, shareholder, customer and media scrutiny.
The breaches and the resulting fines are evidence that we are closely monitored, and action is taken by both regulators and AGL to address our past failures. We are made accountable for our actions and we often take further action to ensure these types of issues don’t happen again.
In relation to the project, we are not expecting you to trust us and we recognise the community can’t simply take our word that safety and environmental risks will be well managed.
The purpose of the EES process is to independently assess if these risks can be addressed before the project is approved by the state government and many other regulators.
In addition to the EES, AGL will be subject to oversight by numerous regulators and government agencies, including:
- Environment Protection Authority Victoria
- Australian Maritime Safety Authority
- Transport Safety Victoria
- Marine Safety Victoria
- Office of Transport Safety (Cth)
- Energy Safety Victoria
- WorkSafe Victoria
- Harbour Master
- Victorian Regional Channels Authority
- Port of Hastings Development Authority
The project also must adhere to several legislative requirements, including:
- Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)
- Environmental Effects Act 1978
- Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988
- Victorian Advisory Lists
- Planning and Environment Act 1987
- Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme
- Guidelines for the removal, destruction or lopping of native vegetation (DELWP 2017a)
- Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 (CaLP Act)
The local community also play an important role to ensure we are accountable to the highest safety standards.
I hope goes part of the way in addressing your concerns?