AGL operates and develops energy generation and gas assets on land that, in many cases, has value for reasons of biodiversity and cultural heritage in addition to its commercial value.
AGL’s health, safety and environmental management system outlines the way in which potential impacts on biodiversity and cultural heritage resulting from AGL’s activities should be identified, assessed and as far as is reasonably practicable, managed and minimised prior to activities being undertaken. All large AGL sites and projects also maintain risk registers which detail site specific risks and risk management measures related to biodiversity and cultural heritage.
Management of Aboriginal objects at NGSF: The development and implementation of an Aboriginal Heritage Management Plan (AHMP) in consultation with local Aboriginal stakeholders was a requirement of the conditions of approval for the construction of the NGSF. As outlined in the AHMP, during vegetation clearing and civil work preparations AGL provided an opportunity for local Aboriginal stakeholders to inspect the site, and also drew upon their expertise when potential Aboriginal objects were identified by civil work contractors.
A total of 91 stone artefacts were identified during the project, with the artefacts stored on site during construction. Following ongoing consultation with the local Aboriginal stakeholders, it was agreed that the collected Aboriginal objects would be buried on site once construction had ceased. On Tuesday 14 July 2015, the Aboriginal objects were buried in the bushland area surrounding the NGSF site. The location coordinates of the burial are recorded on the NSW Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System.
For more information visit the AGL Sustainability Report.