Guest Article - ATCO Australia

When the opportunity arose two years ago to join together with a passionate group of Perth business and community leaders to reinvigorate and redefine how we shared Perth with the world, we were delighted to jump on board.

ATCO has a long global history of building communities, energising industries, and delivering customer focussed infrastructure solutions.

We’re proud to have our Australian headquarters in Perth –it’s a great place to be and has so many natural advantages. It has indeed been a well-kept secret for those of us who were born here and those who came and stayed.

The fulsome list of recommendations and actions from the report cover the full gamut of activity, but there are a couple that particularly align with ATCO’s current focus.

We believe Perth, and Western Australia, is ideally placed to become a global renewable energy leader. Our abundant natural resources, strong knowledge base and commitment to innovate makes Perth the perfect location to move the world forward.

ATCO is committed to driving a clean energy sector now and into the future. Our focus is on identifying innovative energy solutions for our customers that keep prices low and minimise environmental impacts.

We’ve been investing in renewable hydrogen since 2017 and consider it to have a role in Australia’s future energy mix.

Leveraging the learnings from our Clean Energy Innovation Hub, where energy generated by solar panels is used to power an electrolyser, splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, we’re working on how to expand this for wider benefit.

A collaboration with FMG on a hydrogen vehicle refuelling station, and a feasibility study into a commercial scale hydrogen generation facility are just the start of what we consider to be a serious prospect for renewable energy into the future.

Highlighted as an opportunity in the report, we also recognize businesses need to be better, and do more, in engaging in a meaningful and mutually beneficial way with our Aboriginal communities. We’re taking the lead from our Canadian colleagues, who work closely with the indigenous peoples in Canada on infrastructure projects – establishing many joint ventures to ensure the communities have ownership of these assets and their ongoing value proposition. Here in WA we’ve already significantly expanded our base of indigenous-owned suppliers, with fantastic results.

Western Australia’s indigenous heritage already provides such rich and interesting value to the community, but we can certainly find ways to thread this 60,000+ year history through much more than we currently do.

ATCO has endeavoured to do this in a small way, with our Six Seasons Garden. Designed by Whadjuk Nyoongar woman Denice Kickett, the garden is called Muminbulah Wilak – Spirit of the Land – and was created during the redevelopment of our Jandakot Operations Centre.

The garden acts as a cultural education tool, telling the story of Nyoongar Culture and the role the seasons and local native vegetation and animals played in the history and culture of the Nyoongar people.

Congratulations to the Committee for Perth on this thorough piece of valuable work, and thank you for allowing ATCO the opportunity to contribute to its development. We look forward to continuing to make a contribution to forging a stronger, positive and recognizable reputation for Perth globally.

This article has been submitted by ATCO Australia

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.