The South West Hub Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) project is committed to an open process of community involvement during all stages.
As CCS projects are long term propositions, the South West Hub is nurturing a strong relationship with the South West community, particularly in the Harvey–Waroona area. The Project strives to uphold landholders’ rights and meet individual land use and access preferences.
Informative displays are regularly presented at agricultural shows in Harvey, Brunswick and Waroona. Information sessions are held in the Harvey–Waroona area. These open sessions are advertised in the local press and provide an opportunity for people to offer input, ask questions and find out about the South West Hub project.
South West Hub newsletters
Lesueur Community Consultative Committee
The Lesueur Community Consultative Committee (LCCC) was established in 2012 to create another channel for communications.
Under the chairmanship of Simon Holthouse, the LCCC includes representatives from local politicians and Shire councils, as well as local landholders and residents.
Sustainable Futures - CarbonKids is a national program for school children developed by CSIRO to assist with teaching children about the carbon cycle. CarbonKids combines climate science with education on sustainability and environmental awareness.
Schools around Australia can opt in to the program, which is sponsored in WA by the DMP.
CarbonKids in Harvey
St Anne’s Primary School in Harvey is one of many South West Schools to embrace CarbonKids and during 2013 children from South West Schools met at St Anne’s and made a video about what they learned.
St Anne’s hosts a seismometer which measures and records movements of the earth.
CarbonKids in Brunswick Junction
Twenty one young authors at St Michael’s Catholic Primary School in Brunswick Junction, Western Australia wrote and illustrated a book about CCS, titled ‘A Day in the Life of a Carbon Atom. Starring: Adom’.
In September 2014, copies of the book were presented to the young authors by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Marmion.
Watch a video of the young authors reading their book ‘A Day in the Life of a Carbon Atom. Starring: Adom’.
Download a copy of ‘A Day in the Life of a Carbon Atom. Starring: Adom’.
Two dimensional 2D Seismic Survey
A 2D Seismic Survey was conducted in December 2013. To view presentations related to this, click on the links below.
2D Seismic Survey Presentation Dec 13 (PDF 4867 kb)
Report 2D Seismic Survey presentation and tour (PDF 175 kb)
Community engagement academic paper
Members of the Harvey-Waroona communities are an integral part of the Project.
Since beginning desktop studies in 2007, the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has been working closely with the local community to establish the CCS feasibility in the area. Community members provide the feasibility project with land access, and goods and services. A dedicated team is working to ensure landholders are looked after and any concerns are addressed.
This community inclusive approach is the subject of an academic paper titled ‘Lessons from Project Level Community Engagement: The South West Hub’ produced by former Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) researcher, Peta Ashworth.
The paper identifies community support is vital for the project, which may be able to lower carbon emissions in the future.
CCS Community Workshop
In 2011 a community workshop was held in Harvey, prior to any on ground data collection activities by the South West Hub, conducted by CSIRO to gauge community awareness of CCS.
Results from Collie CCS Hub workshop: What do the locals think?
Copies of reports covering the investigative work undertaken by the South West Hub’s research partners are available in local libraries.
The Project is committed to providing information and opportunities to learn about CCS and the feasibility project. For more information, call 9791 2040.