SMEC was engaged by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to undertake the investigation, concept design and detailed design of the Ocean Drive Upgrade in New South Wales, Australia.
SMEC developed a comprehensive Community Involvement Plan (CIP) that outlined specific actions and processes in relation to proposed community and stakeholder engagement activities.
SMEC also completed a number of community information sessions. The variety and depth of community involvement and related communication activities have been designed to reflect the high level of impact this project will have across the local communities.
SMEC’s scope of work includes:
- Drafting and implementation of the Community Involvement Plan
- Facilitation of Community Information Sessions
- Drafting of Community Consultation Reports
- Community consultation workshops
- Stakeholder and community engagement
- Concept and detailed design of the roadway duplication
- Environmental assessments including flora, fauna and archaeology
- Geotechnical field investigations
- Topographical surveys
- Implementation of recommended environmental treatment measures into the design.
Amendments to the design were made after the first round of Community Information Sessions, based directly on feedback provided by stakeholders and the community.
This conveyed the genuine nature of consultation and engagement and enhanced trust with the community, improving Council’s already strong reputation.
The objective of the project is to improve road safety, traffic efficiency and residential amenity (including noise) along the Matthew Flinders Drive to Greenmeadows Drive section.
Project works comprise the duplication of 3.4 km of single-lane arterial road to a two-lane dual carriageway.
This includes the conversion of three roundabout-controlled intersections (at Crestwood Drive, Jonas Absalom Drive and Matthew Flinders Drive) to signalised intersections, and the extension of two BEBO® bridge concrete arch structures.
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- Port Macquarie-Hastings Council