Confidence in the Stakeholder Engagement Process is Needed for Investment
Community opposition, red tape and slow approvals are all factors that impede our ability to move projects through to construction.
To address this, WSP has released the Online Community Portal which is designed to improve the effectiveness of community engagement.
The proprietary tool helps project shapers to engage with the community in a more contemporary user-friendly way by transforming technical information into a visually engaging, easy to understand format with 24/7 access.
Importantly, because of its digital nature, projects can be brought to life sooner through improved engagement and a better understanding of community needs which in turn enhances business cases and design integration in addition to assisting with the environmental approval process.
“We’re excited to be bringing the Online Community Portal to the market for the benefit of our clients and the communities in which we work, live and play,” says Guy Templeton, WSP’s President & CEO for Australia and New Zealand. “This easy to use tool provides clear lines of communication for all stakeholders via digital engagement with transparency and openness.
The portal facilitates access to information at any time and from anywhere, in line with modern expectations. This helps our clients, the asset owners, developers and operators of infrastructure and essential services to adapt and respond quicker to evolving scenarios.
This will assist more projects entering a shovel ready phase, creating jobs and supporting growth for the Australian economy.
Improve Data Utilisation and Create Greater Insight Through the Online Community Portal
“Our Online Community Portal combines planning studies, environmental approvals data, design specifications and general project information into one comprehensive digital platform,” explains Rebecca Davis, Director of Environment, Advisory & Digital. “It enables clients to build trust and confidence with communities by providing clear impact assessments and management procedures.”
Through a community centric approach, we can help create value for investors by providing a more efficient model through the approvals phase and deliver potential savings to operational expenses that enables a better financial return and improved outcome for investors and the community.
“To be ready for an uncertain future, digital innovations such as this can provide us with a more agile approach to infrastructure problems,” adds Rebecca. “By creating a more inclusive and community centric approach that is future ready, we can drive productivity and improve sustainability while optimising the planning, design and construction phase.