Since early 2019, our environment team has been working closely with government, industry and the community to develop a sustainable, resilient and Future Ready precinct through the development of the Parkes SAP.
Assisting the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) through their master planning phase, we have created Ecological Sustainable Development plans, conducted field surveys and assisted in the plans to streamline the environmental approvals.
More broadly, our team has used their in-depth knowledge of the region and our multi-disciplinary services to provide strategic advice across transport, water, mining and sustainability projects, including active roles on the Parkes Bypass, North Parkes Mine and the Pacific National Intermodal Hub.
On behalf of DPIE, we conducted a Community and Social Infrastructure Assessment to identify the regions current and future infrastructure needs.
To ensure our recommendations were Future Ready, key consideration was given to significant societal trends including provisions for services and facilities to address inclusive employment and training, health and wellbeing, ageing populations, cultural acknowledgement, tourism and community identity.
To assist the DPIE, we also facilitated engagement opportunities including:
- Input into Inquiry by Design workshops
- Government-led community engagement campaigns
- Interviews with key stakeholders, organisations and service providers
Utilising our Indigenous Design specialists, which includes an Aboriginal led process we have also engaged and implemented the input of the local Wiradjuri people throughout the master planning phase of the SAP.
Together, we created and planned for a community that reflected the traditional custodians of the land and their heritage as well as sacred sites and places of spiritual meaning. To better connect the precinct and to promote inclusiveness we identified potential areas for local Aboriginal design and knowledge to be implemented into the public art and landscaping initiatives.
The image below is a sketch of the Aboriginal significance throughout the SAP and surrounding country:
Image source: Michael Hromek, Technical Executive – Indigenous (Architecture), Design and Knowledge, WSP
Services: Ecology, Acoustics, Noise and Vibration, Air Quality, Sustainability, Stakeholder Engagement, Heritage, Environmental Planning and Management, Indigenous Specialist Services.