Community engagement

Snowy Hydro has sought engagement with a wide range of community and stakeholders as part of the planning and environmental assessment for the Hunter Power Project. Our stakeholders include different government agencies, utility and council  stakeholders engaged with during the EIS studies. Community engagement during the EIS preparation has included:

  • The establishment of a dedicated email address and 1-800 information line.
  • Letterbox drops and door knocking to local residences and businesses.
  • Three Community Working Group meetings.
  • One-on-one meetings with nearby residents as requested.

Snowy Hydro is committed to ongoing engagement with the local community and stakeholder groups for the duration of the approvals phase of the Proposal and during project development. During the public exhibition of the EIS, the community engagement will be undertaken to ensure a good understanding of the EIS by interested community members. 

If you have questions please do not hesitate to call the community information line: 1800 570 529.

Hunter Power Project Community Investment Fund

Snowy Hydro is committed to strengthening communities in the local and regional area of the proposed Hunter Power Project. As part of this commitment, we have established a Community Investment Fund to benefit local communities. The first round of funding for 2021 is now open for applications. Community groups and organisations located in the regions of the proposed Project and within the Cessnock and Maitland Local Government Areas are encouraged to apply for funding or in-kind support through the Fund.

Individual organisations can apply for up to $5,000 of funding to support events, programs and activities that benefit the local community.

Applications for this round close 31 August 2022.

To apply please click apply now to use the online form or download the Community Investment Guide, complete the form and return to us via email to

Applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria outlined in the Community Investment Guideline.

About the Hunter Power Project

The Hunter Power Project – a 660MW gas-fired power station in Kurri Kurri, NSW – will build on the existing capacity of the mighty Snowy Scheme and support our pumped hydro expansion, Snowy 2.0. The power station will comprise two heavy-duty, hydrogen-ready open-cycle gas turbines (OCGT) and are the latest and most efficient turbines. The OCGTs for the Hunter Power Project will provide the necessary dispatchable ‘firmed’ energy, ensuring security and stability to support intermittent renewables.

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