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CAP Chairman, Lou Brazier

CAP Chairman, Lou Brazier

Shell’s CAP is a key component of the refinery’s community engagement model and acts as the advisory group on social and environmental performance.


Shell Geelong refinery’s CAP is a key part of the refinery’s community engagement programme.  Members have expertise in a range of areas including environment, health, education, human services, commerce and industry.

The CAP’s role is to help monitor the refinery’s Environment Improvement Plan (EIP) and provide advice on key strategic documents including the Social Performance Plan and Community Engagement Plan.

The CAP's advice has included how to best reach a broader audience to hear concerns and communicate to the community the work we are undertaking.

CAP Members

  • Lou Brazier - Executive Officer, Northern Futures (CAP Chairman)
  • Dr Mark Kennedy – Corio Norlane Development Advisory Board Chairman, General Practitioner (CAP Deputy Chairman)
  • Tim Harrop – Assistant Director, Individual and Family Support, Barwon Area, Department of Human Services
  • Geoff Gayner - Geelong Environment Council
  • Julie Heath - Clinical Nurse Consultant, Infection Prevention Service McKellar Centre, Community and Mental Health, Barwon Health
  • Liz Winning, community representative, Corio Norlane Development Advisory Board
  • Dan Simmonds - Chairman, Committee for Geelong
  • Bill Mithen - CEO, Give Where You Live
  • Lisa Line – CEO, Gordon Institute of TAFE
  • Peter Landers - Geelong Chamber of Commerce
  • Cr Kylie Fisher - Corio Ward
  • Fred Clarke – Principal Northern Bay College p-12, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Barwon South Western Region
  • Andrew Moore – Commercial Manager, Geelong Grammar School
  • Joan McGovern – Social Performance & Communications Manager, Shell Geelong Refinery

Writing to the CAP

Postal:  Shell Community Advisory Panel, PO Box 4, Corio VIC 3214

Email:   geelongrefinery-au@shell.com

All correspondence will be forwarded to the CAP Chairman.  Correspondence received up until eight (8) days before the CAP meeting will be tabled and discussed at the next CAP meeting.  A follow-up letter will be sent outlining if a decision was reached, what it was, or that the matter had been tabled. This follow-up letter will usually be sent within seven (7) days of the meeting.

CAP Terms of Reference

The CAP Terms of Reference sets out objectives, purpose, membership, roles and responsibilities of advisory members and operational issues such as meeting process, frequency and documentation.

William Hovell Kindergarten receives a grant

William Hovell Kindergarten receives a grant

Shell Geelong refinery is committed to providing assistance to not-for-profit organisations that are seeking funding for projects beneficial to the local community.

The Shell Employee Community Grants Committee has been established to consider grant applications with an education focus or objective (including, but not limited to, projects which encourage an interest in science and technology). It is focused on initiatives that will benefit Geelong's northern suburbs community.

The committee calls for submissions twice yearly (usually in February and September) and assesses applications according to a set of criteria and guidelines.  The maximum amount an organisation can apply for is $5000 (per round).

Debbie Williams is Chairman of the Committee and is also the refinery's hydrocarbon stock analyst.

“The committee provides Shell employees with a unique opportunity to decide on the allocation of community grants as a team, and to engage directly with community agencies and residents.” says Debbie.

For more information on the Shell Employee Community Grants programme refer to the documents below or contact the Shell Employee Community Grants Committee:
Phone:   (03) 5273 8481
Email:    debbie.l.williams@shell.com

For a number of years Shell’s Geelong Refinery has funded three significant investments in our neighbourhood. One of those programs, Greening Australia’s Limeburners Link, finished in June this year and the other two – Bluearth and Glastonbury PLAY – finish at the end of December.

All of the projects have made significant impressions on our community and in conjunction with our social investment partners, impact statements have been created.

The Water Smart Kids program that the refinery has supported since 2004 will continue in 2014. It provides potentially life-saving skills for young children in our neighbourhood whose parents are unable to afford swimming lessons.

In 2014 a new two-year social investment program will begin. Shell’s Geelong Refinery, Northern Futures, Northern Bay College, Gordon Institute, Deakin University and the Federal Department of Education have joined forces on a project to support vulnerable youth in the northern suburbs. Watch this space in early 2014 for more information on the program called Northern Bay Promise.

Limeburners Link - Greening Australia

Limeburners Link training s

Limeburners Link is an initiative of Shell, Greening Australia in Victoria and the City of Greater Geelong, working with the local community to enhance the natural environment of Limeburners Bay.

The Limeburners Link project was a finalist in the Victorian Coastal Awards in 2009.

A large part of our efforts with Limeburners Link focuses on enhancing remnant saltmarsh and restoring native grasslands. Limeburners Bay is a significant environmental site – however environmental pressures, such as the presence of weeds, are literally choking the life out of the area.

Information on the programme can be found at www.greeningaustralia.org.au

Limeburner partner logos - Shell, Greening Australia, City of Greater Geelong

PLAY - Glastonbury Community Services

PLAY - Glastonbury Community Services

PLAY is a programme run by Glastonbury Child and Family Services that encourages families to provide the most stimulating home environment possible for their children.

PLAY is not only fun, but helps strengthen parent-child relationships and builds on a child's natural curiosity and love for learning.

The programme is structured around the school term and parents are encouraged to participate.  Some parents who have completed the PLAY programme received training to become a paid mentor which may lead to other training and employment opportunities.

Glastonbury's efforts to strengthen community connectedness in the northern suburbs has been made possible through the financial support of Shell Geelong refinery between 2009-2013.

Further information on the programme can be found at www.glastonbury.org.au

Water Smart Kids

Water Smart Kids

Water Smart Kids is a new programme managed by the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG).  It expands on the refinery's support since 2004 of CoGG's Learn to Swim programme.

As part of Water Smart Kids, a minimum of 240 northern suburbs children in grades two, three and four will undertake weekly swimming lessons at Waterworld. The refinery has linked its support of Water Smart Kids to its safety programme and will contribute additional funds if certain targets are met.

Based on the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia's swim and survive programme, Water Smart Kids will give children an opportunity they may not otherwise have to develop their stroke technique, water confidence and survival skills.

Through the support of Shell Geelong refinery, the CoGG will deliver Water Smart Kids between 2011-2013.

Further information on the programme can be found at www.geelongaustralia.com.au


Bluearth logo

Bluearth is a national, philanthropic not-for-profit organisation that operates with the express purpose of improving health and preventing diseases of sedentary living.

The Bluearth Approach develops and integrates body, mind and spirit through participation in physical activity.  Participation in the programme has been shown to improve health, behaviour, self-esteem, confidence and academic performance.

With Shell Geelong Refinery's support, Bluearth is delivering its innovative programme in 11 northern suburbs primary schools between 2011-2013.

Futher information on the programme can be found at www.bluearth.org

Give Where You Live

The refinery supports the Geelong community through a range of sponsorships and donations.

Give Where You Live

Shell is a premier sponsor of Give Where You Live (formerly United Way) and has been involved with the organisation for more than 50-years.

Give Where You Live is a volunteer-led non-profit, non-denominational organisation that leads, supports and participates in collective, inclusive community efforts that build capacity and mobilise resources to improve lives and create positive, long-term social change in local communities.

For more information on Give Where You Live, please visit www.givewhereyoulive.com.au

Northerly Aspects

The refinery is a major sponsor of this quarterly newsletter sent to residents of the northern suburbs of Geelong.

Geelong Advertiser Business Excellence Awards

The refinery sponsors annually the 'small business' category.

Smith Family Around the Bay in a Day

The refinery regularly sponsors an employee team to participate in this cycling event. The team raises additional funds for the Smith Family through a variety of fundraising activities.

Leaders for Geelong

The refinery is a bronze level sponsor of Leaders for Geelong.  Run by the Committee for Geelong, the Leaders for Geelong programme is designed to expose emerging leaders to the challenges and opportunities that will shape this region, and prepare them to take the helm.  In addition to being a sponsor of the programme, refinery employees also participate.

Deakin University School of Engineering Student Awards

The refinery annual sponsors the best final year project in the Bachelor of Engineering or combined Bachelor of Engineering degree.

Small Community Donations

The refinery contributes annually to small events throughout Geelong.

A range of Shell-branded merchandise is also donated for various events.

Smart Geelong Researcher of the Year

Smart Geelong Network aims to raise awareness of and facilitate access to the capabilities of Geelong institutions and organisations.  As part of their support for the network, Shell’s Geelong refinery sponsors the biotechnology category in the annual Gforce Researcher of the Year awards.

Flinders Peak Secondary College students attend a women's pathways workshop

Flinders Peak Secondary College students attend a women's pathways workshop at the refinery

Shell is helping to grow a culture of giving throughout our organisation.

Workplace Giving Programme
Through Shell’s Workplace Giving Programme employees can contribute funds to Give Where You Live (formerly United Way Geelong Region).

Employees donate thousands of dollars each year, which is matched by Shell.  These funds are then distributed by Give Where You Live to health and human care organisations in the Geelong region.

Shell Geelong Refinery also pledges a number of additional donations throughout the year to various approved community agencies.

Community Capacity Building
Shell works actively with the community to help equip students and young adults with the necessary information and skills to obtain future employment with Shell and other employers.

This includes:

  • Providing work experience opportunities for students making career choices in Year 10, as well as providing students with work placement opportunities who are undertaking VCAL and VET;
  • Sponsoring financially and providing a mentor programme to one student each year who is completing VET engineering studies;
  • Attending career fairs to ensure young adults are inspired about the opportunities in the manufacturing sector;
  • Providing internships for University students; and,
  • Providing apprenticeship training and work experience for engineering trades.

The refinery is also actively involved in a number of community initiatives and contributes to a variety of community meetings.

This includes:

  • Being a member of the Corio Norlane Development Advisory Board (CN DAB).  This forum brings together the resources and ideas of residents, governments, businesses and community groups to tackle disadvantage in areas with concentrations of public housing;
  • Being a member of the Northern Futures Steering Group that was established to strengthen the local economy, linking the labour market and strengthening education and training; and,
  • Supporting Target100 - a Gforce and community partnered scholarship initiative to assist young people from Geelong's northern suburbs to take control of their futures by becoming apprentices and trainees. Shell has signed onboard to the programme and will sponsor apprentices which will be employed by Gforce.