TransGrid gives back to local organisations through its Community Partnerships Program

5/03/2014

​From supporting palliative care organisations, to the greening of gardens or new equipment for local sport clubs, TransGrid’s Community Partnerships Program will again provide financial support to initiatives in areas where TransGrid undertakes work.

This is the third year that TransGrid has supported not-for-profit community initiatives across New South Wales, which this year will include the Tamworth region.

“I’m pleased to announce that Tamworth has been selected to be part of the 2014 Community Partnerships Program, as part of our ongoing commitment to build positive relationships with our local communities,” said Laura Stewart, TransGrid’s Community Relations Manager.

The program offers grants for initiatives that will benefit communities where TransGrid plans to undertake work in the coming year. This year TransGrid is rebuilding the Tamworth substation.

“Applicants are urged to forward funding requests with an emphasis on showing that their plans will deliver lasting benefits to local communities,” Ms Stewart added.

Last year TransGrid provided more than $85,000 in funding.

Preference is given to initiatives which improve or promote at least one of the following areas:

  • public safety and wellbeing;
  • health and education; and/or
  • the environment.


The Project

The Tamworth 132/66kV Substation was constructed in 1961. The substation and its equipment are now approaching the end of their serviceable lives and are in need of replacement. The rebuild will be contained mostly within the current footprint of the existing substation.

The rebuild aims to ensure the reliability of current and future supply to for the Northern NSW region.

Construction is expected to begin in mid 2014 and completion is expected mid 2016.


Success Stories

Among the most recent Community Partnerships Program success stories was the application put forward by MS Australia.

MS Australia Partnerships Manager Cynthia Cameron said the funding has made a significant difference to those suffering multiple sclerosis.

“The funding from TransGrid enabled us to purchase Big Button Telephones specifically designed for people with differing degrees of disability,” Ms Cameron said.

“The phones help our residents to more easily stay in touch with their family, friends, carers and the community in general.”

Ms Cameron has urged other organisations to put their best ideas forward.

“We are extremely grateful for the grant and would encourage anyone with a community initiative to get involved – it’s very worthwhile,” she added.

TransGrid has been an integral part of delivering electricity to the people of New South Wales (NSW) for more than 60 years. It owns and operates one of the largest high-voltage transmission networks in Australia, up to 12,800 kilometres of transmission line and more than 90 substations, connecting generators distributors and major end-users in NSW and the ACT and also has links to Queensland and Victoria, facilitating interstate energy trading. Its operations are closely regulated to ensure power system security and TransGrid’s aim is to provide a safe, reliable, efficient and world-class electricity supply from power generators to distributors, which then deliver the electricity to homes across the state.

Details about the Community Partnerships Program are available at www.transgrid.com.au/being-responsible/community-partnership-program or by calling one of our Community Liaison Officers on 1800 222 537.

For further information on any project or any other TransGrid initiative please email your question to community@transgrid.com.au.