31 May 2012

Partnerships in IA - Session II, Presentation 4

Partnering for Innovative Environmental Outcomes

Perspective of a road proponent and road maintainer.

 

Traditional model of road planning which starts with route selection, route studies, develop a concept design, conduct an EA, then do a detailed design, then construction and operation. With consultation throughput the process.

 

Can be a fragmented process with each team working in relative isolation and not always communicating and feeding back issues.

Need for greater integration. This can be achieved by each team working involved throughout the design, consult, construction and operation.

 

This is done through "Alliancing" where government owner of a project makes commercial arrangement with teams of private sector partners to deliver a project. Has been used for construction but now being used for the IA element.

 

Integrated collaborative project team working as a single organisation leaving you company hat at the door. Share financial risks and rewards, a no fault no blame approach.

See Woolgoolga to Ballina Planning Alliance.

 

Benefits:

  • Aim of rout standing performance
  • Greater flexibility in modifying design
  • Shared responsibility for managing project risks
EA benefits

  • Better understanding of impacts
 

But some concerns about cost, value for money dependent on people working together in a collaborative way.

 

EA professionals have a greater chance of influencing the design in a way that reduces negative Environmetal impacts, more opportunities for avoidance.