Water Journal : Water Journal September 2015
water september 2015 36 Feature article Working With other agencies There were a number of major infrastructure projects being undertaken or planned in the area during the project. Collaborating with a number of agencies limited disruption for the community and reduced rework of Sydney Water’s plans. The project affected three local councils – Liverpool, Camden and Campbelltown. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment was also in the process of developing indicative layout plans for the release areas. ENSure and Sydney Water considered their plans for trunk drainage, future roads and key development areas. Stakeholders influenced critical aspects of the project such as pipe capacity (demand), location (where it could and couldn’t cross other infrastructure and water assets) and property access arrangements. Involving stakeholders at this early stage promoted sustainable project decisions. The route for wastewater pipes was adjusted to avoid planned drainage basins and road improvements, saving time and money by avoiding the need to relocate services in future. ENSure and Sydney Water worked closely with the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to locate infrastructure on private land identified for future widening of Bringelly Road. RMS negotiations with landowners had begun but were protracted in some cases. Negotiations to agree property adjustments of fencing, landscaping and other improvements were also in progress. RMS requested Sydney Water to build the wastewater main ahead of the road works. Construction of the South West Rail Link was in progress and a future corridor was also under investigation. ENSure worked closely with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to prevent potential clashes between operation of wastewater systems and expansion of the rail line. The pipelines crossed the Eastern Gas pipeline, so safety in investigation and design was paramount. Early engagement with other infrastructure planning organisations helped to influence and finalise the route of the wastewater infrastructure. These included TfNSW, RMS and the Sydney Catchment Authority (now part of Water NSW). The conceptual stage of some government agency projects meant that several rounds of consultation were required, but with the benefit of a robust final design. This provided greater certainty for Sydney Water in receiving tender prices for the construction phase. Markers of success The number of infrastructure projects underway in the area created issues for landowners. Many were confused about agencies’ responsibilities and some were unaware of the immense changes affecting them. The project team provided clear and consistent information to the community and coordinated its engagement program with other agencies. Communication material was shared with and reviewed by other agencies before publication. ENSure and Sydney Water also attended and hosted a number of joint community information sessions with the RMS and Department of Planning and Environment, which were well received by the community. Sydney Water and ENSure also resolved a number of difficult zoning and land use issues with landowners and planning agencies as a whole of government response – this was helpful to the landowners and enabled Sydney Water to progress its plans. Face-to-face meetings allowed landowners to provide input on the location of the infrastructure through their property. In many cases, conversations with landowners about property access for construction machinery and riparian zones led to changes in the pipeline designs. Meetings were generally held on site, at times convenient to landowners. A design or construction management team representative participated where needed to provide direct feedback about landowner requests. Where requests needed to be escalated, as they involved additional cost or adjustment, these were managed promptly and the landowners were informed. These were all documented in pre-construction customer agreements and included in a register for delivery contractor tendering. This allowed them to be scheduled and priced in A joint community information session was held at Leppington progress Association Hall. Livestock operations were maintained throughout construction.
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