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Shell Announces $15million Investment to Address Educational Disadvantage Across Australia

Shell in Australia’s Country Chair, Ann Pickard, today announced the company will invest up to $15 million during the next three years to support a range of programmes across Australia aimed at addressing educational disadvantage.

Representatives from many of the organisations now supported by Shell under its social investment programme attended a celebratory function at Parliament House hosted by the Honourable Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Participants were also invited to attend a specially designed workshop facilitated by one of Australia’s most respected and independent community advisors, Lisa Kingman, to assist in building strong working relationships.

Speaking at the launch, Ann said Shell’s social investment portfolio focuses on education - including projects that encourage an interest in science and technology - and includes national, state and territory initiatives, as well as activities close to key operations.

“Shell views education as critical to opening up choices in life - it enables youth to seize opportunities, helping them to fulfil their potential,” said Ann.

“As Shell’s business in Australia expands it is entirely appropriate that our country social investment portfolio increases in conjunction,” she said.

“Arguably, business success is not simply about turning a profit.  Shell firmly believes our long-term success depends on being able to strike the right balance between economic growth, care for the environment and equitable social development.

“Today’s announcement to invest up to $15 million in the Australian community during the next three years to tackle educational disadvantage underscores the importance we place in this area.

“We are told this is one of the most considered and significant commitments to a diverse group of not-for-profit organisations with a focus on the educational success of young people.  Regardless, Shell is justifiably proud of the programme and we look forward to working with each of the community organisations.”

Speaking on behalf of the 23 community organisations supported by Shell, CEO of Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) Stephanie Harvey, said education and training was key to strengthening disadvantaged communities.

“Each of the organisations represented here today knows that it will take time to make a long term, sustainable difference in our respective communities,” said Stephanie.

“This is why Shell’s three year commitment is crucial – it is an investment in people and sustainable change for the future,” she said.

“From ICV’s perspective Shell’s support comes at a critical point in time - now more than ever we need to be listening and working closely together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to build a stronger future together.”

The list of organisations currently supported by Shell as part of its social investment programme includes (in alphabetical order):

 
1. Auburn Community Development Network (Sydney, NSW)
2. Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (National)
3. Bethany Community Support (Geelong, VIC)
4. Bluearth (Geelong, VIC & Perth, WA)
5. David Wirrpanda Foundation (Perth & Broome, WA)
6. Earthwatch Australia (National)
7. Engineers Australia Northern Division (Northern Territory)
8. Foundation for Young Australians (National)
9. Give Where You Live (Geelong, VIC)
10. Glastonbury Community Services (Geelong, VIC)
11. Granville Multicultural Community Centre (Sydney, NSW)
12. Greening Australia Victoria (Geelong, Vic)
13. Greenwich Community Association/Lane Cove City Council (Sydney, NSW)
14. ICEA Foundation (Perth & Broome, WA)
15. Indigenous Community Volunteers (National)
16. Kimberley Land Council (Broome & Ngururra, WA)
17. Lane Cove Youth Orchestra (Sydney, NSW)
18. Parramatta Mission (Sydney, NSW)
19. Questacon - The National Science & Technology Centre (National)
20. Stride Foundation (Perth, WA)
21. The Pyjama Foundation (QLD)
22. Very Special Kids (Melbourne, VIC)
23. Water Smart Kids – City of Greater Geelong (Geelong, VIC)

 
Further information about each programme can be found on Shell in Australia’s website www.shell.com.au/socialinvestment

Shell is a global, integrated energy company with operations in more than 90 countries and territories, with businesses including: oil and gas exploration and production; refineries and chemical plants; processing and marketing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas-to-liquid (GTL) products; marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals; and renewable energy sources, such as biofuels.  Shell has been doing business in Australia for 110 years and our business is broadly divided into ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream.’ 

The upstream business finds, develops and supplies liquefied natural gas (LNG), condensates and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to overseas markets and natural gas to domestic customers in Western Australia.  The downstream business manufactures petroleum products, supplying about 25% of Australia’s petroleum requirements.

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