FY18 Sustainability Report Transurban 14
Customer and community
Community grants Every year, we give grants to
Image (right): Lending a hand near Moonee Ponds Creek (VIC) Image (below): Mural created with Berwick Lodge Primary School during delivery of the Monash Freeway Upgrade project (VIC)
community organisations located near our roads. Grants are awarded to organisations working with the community in areas such as transport and mobility, health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, national parks, and education. The 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program is designed to support organisations that sustain, enhance or protect the people, local environment and neighbourhoods in the I-395 corridor. Among this year’s grant awardees was a student health program at Mount Eagle Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia. The program empowers students to learn skills to live a healthy lifestyle with a focus on mental health, nutrition, physical health and preventive care. In FY18 we awarded 56 community grants totalling over $200,000 across Australia and the USA. Community engagement Our West Gate Tunnel Project in Melbourne is a major undertaking, encompassing a diverse range of communities. As part of our community engagement approach, we are supporting Western Chances, a non-profit organisation that offers scholarships to students aged 12 to 25 living in Melbourne's western suburbs. Western Chances scholarships help students buy laptops, Myki travel cards and textbooks to use in their studies, easing the financial burden of education and allowing them to complete their studies.
56 community grants awarded
For another major, Melbourne-based project, the CityLink Tulla Widening Project, we provided a total of $30,000 to six community groups in Melbourne’s north-west. All groups are working on sustainability-focused projects. Lending a hand Transurban employees are supported to take one day of paid volunteering leave each year to contribute to a cause of their choice. In FY18, Transurban employees volunteered 6,026 hours through this program. We also partnered with Landcare Australia during employee volunteering days to transform two reserves along the Moonee Ponds Creek, a creek running alongside (and at some points, beneath) the CityLink motorway.
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