Committed to ongoing engagement with the community, The Star Sydney is calling for expressions of interest to join its Neighbourhood Advisory Panel,
a new tool to enable two-way communication between the property and its neighbours, whilst also launching a Community Grants Program to give back to the local area and support ongoing community-based activities.
The Neighbourhood Advisory Panel is a formal engagement opportunity, established to act as a two-way communication link to build ongoing relationships, and foster connection and confidence between The Star and the local community. Members can request and suggest areas of community support, while it also provides a platform for any concerns to be raised.
Having presented the first Community Grants in September 2016 to local organisations including, Friends of Pyrmont Community Centre, The Harris School Community Scholarship Foundation, the Pyrmont History Group, Beehive Industries, Will2Live and Ten4Them, The Star is now calling for other organisations in the 2007 and 2009 postcode areas to apply for a grant via www.star.com.au/community. The grants are for a specified project or purpose and are awarded to local, not-for-profit organisations which are engaged in an activity or project for the benefit of the local community.
Chris Downy, General Manager of External Affairs commented on The Star’s desire to set in place effective procedures to maintain clear communication and build positive relationships with the surrounding community.
“The Star is committed to working with our neighbours; it’s our plan to proactively engage the community and work together to create a better environment for all. The key objective of the Advisory Panel is to discuss issues relating to The Star and the local community, provide information on The Star’s plans that may impact the community and identify recommended areas of community support.
“It is our hope that members of the Advisory Panel will reflect the diversity of the local area and include residents, community groups and businesses from across Pyrmont and Ultimo.
“The Star’s community grants program provides a mechanism to fund activities through a consistent, fair and transparent process to ensure a diverse range of activities and community groups are supported.
The Advisory Panel and Community Grants are extensions of The Star’s Good Neighbour Plan that aims to enhance engagement with the community and demonstrate the property’s ongoing communication, transparency and consultation.
Applications for the Neighourhood Advisory Panel close on 20 January 2017.