Comalco lifts image but still has work to do



COMALCO has lifted its image, according to a community survey, but the company admitted there was still room for improvement.

The survey showed the community's perception of the company compared to a similiar survey conducted in 2000.

The survey indicated only 40 per cent of respondents felt the company had honest communication with the public, while 35 per cent felt they had honest communication with employees.

Comalco community relations manager for Gladstone Robyn Sermon said the survey was designed to give residents the chance to provide feedback to the company.

'In all areas we operate we like to receive feedback about the issues people think are important,' she said.

Safety and environmental performances showed positive trends with more than 80 per cent saying the company was committed to safety, while about 56 per cent said it was environmentally responsible.

Just over 50 per cent said the company was credible.

'We are pretty pleased we im-proved in a lot of areas, but we know there is still some work to do,' she said. Ms Sermon said Comalco's role in the local community had played a major part in the public's perception.

She said programs such as the Community Benefit Fund had secured a relationship between Gladstone residents and the company.



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