Have your say about future electricity provision

Thank you for your interest in this important community engagement.

Woolcott Research & Engagement is an independent market research company. Essential Energy has asked us to speak with local residents and businesses to find out preferences for the electricity network in the future. What we find out will be used to decide on programs and prices for services in the future.

The project will run over the next 18 months and involve three phases. Each phase will involve seven community forums across NSW in the locations below. The first phase will be online (due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on face-to-face events) on the following dates:

Location and dates of first round of forums (online)

Location Date 2021 Time
Ballina Tuesday 19 October 6pm-8pm
Broken Hill Thursday 21 October 6pm-8pm
Dubbo Monday 25 October 6pm-8pm
Inverell Wednesday 27 October 6pm-8pm
Taree Thursday 28 October 6pm-8pm
Wagga Wagga Monday 1 November 6pm-8pm
Bega Wednesday 3 November 6pm-8pm

Between 50-80 community members will take part in each forum but will discuss issues in small groups of 8-10. You do not need to know anything about electricity services at all, as information to aid discussions will be provided before and during the sessions. We generally find that people really enjoy taking part in our forums.

We are hoping that the forums in phases 2-3 will be face-to-face in a community centre in the locations above, so please make sure you can travel to your chosen location for an evening forum if you agree to take part.

Register your interest

In line with the research industry’s common practice, participants will be paid $400 to take part in all three phases as a token of appreciation for their time (Phase 1=$120, Phase 2=$130, Phase 3=$150). This ensures we attract a diverse range of people representing the cross section of our community.

Participation requirements:

  • You must reside in NSW in the Essential Energy network area
  • You must be 18 years or over
  • You must be available to participate on the allocated date for your location (see above)

If you are interested in taking part in the forums please register your information by clicking on the button below.

After registering we will be in contact with you to let you know if you are successful and provide further details. We are seeking a broad and representative group of residents and therefore cannot guarantee participation.

Please be advised that only one person from each household may participate.

The Forum Experience

Our community forums are the perfect setting for you to learn about and consider issues regarding future electricity provision.

They are informative, interactive and fun experiences that enable you to have your say.

You will collaborate with other participants to help shape Essential Energy’s plans for the future.

Please click on the video to view an example of a forum we conducted previously for Essential Energy.