Lecture Week 4 17/8/16
Panel discussion lecture by infrastructure professional both in public and private practice. This covers issues such as management, contracts and sustainability.
Department of Planning and Environment
Sustainability for infrastructure projects through:
- The implementation of consistent and easy to follow planning principles and development standards through the use of State Environmental Planning Policies (also known as SEPPs);
- The preparation of guidelines on specific types of infrastructure to help guide developers through the assessment and development process;
- Strategic planning for infrastructure to meet the demand from growth through the preparation of growth plans for both Sydney metropolitan and regional areas;
- The assessment of development proposals for state significant infrastructure; and
- Involvement in the funding systems associated with infrastructure provision, especially through the development contributions system.
Policy and objectives:
- carbon and energy management
- polluction control
- climate change resiliences
- water efficiency
- waste and materials
- biodiversity conservation
- heritage conservation
- workforce development
- community benefit
- supply chain
Each of these themes has SMART target attached to them with are tracked down into contracts. It is therefore iportant to set SMART targets, that are clearly understandable by all involved, and are not unachievably high.
It is also possible to use large scale infrastructure projects to upskill workers including apprentices. The Northconnex project also assisted disadvantaged and homeless kids in the community providing training and basic job skills. This a a great way to introduce social sustainability into a project.
Sustainability in Infrastructure
Ken Lunty – Edge Environment
Consultancy firm with goals to assist from tender and bid stages to implement a culture of sustainability through all rpractices past the point where they leave the project.