NorthLink WA - Community
Community and stakeholder consultation began in 2003 (with Perth Darwin National Highway).
Our communication and consultation activities include:
- Publications: providing information via newsletters, project updates, the website, through the media and letters to residents,
- Responding to enquiries: email to firstname.lastname@example.org, via our Customer Information Centre on 138 138, or our contractor hotlines:
- Southern Section: 1800 748 642
- Central Section: 1800 874 998
- Northern Section: 1800 930 955
- Face to face: community information sessions, briefings, meetings with community groups, local government authorities, schools, business groups and others,
- Representative Groups: Construction Reference Group meetings,
Construction Reference Groups operate for all Southern Section works. These groups include members from the project development phase, as well as new members who were invited to nominate.
The Central Section group was established in March 2017. The group includes members from the project development phase, as well as new members who nominated.
A Lightning Park Access Working Group was established to review access to Lightning Park for sporting groups. As a result, a slip road for commuters leaving Lightning Park in Noranda to access Reid Highway was constructed.
Extensive consultation was undertaken with directly affected landowners.
A Construction Reference Group has been established with multiple productive meetings facilitated during project development and construction.
Briefings have been provided to the Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers’ Association and we continue to liaise with the association to further discuss issues including haulage routes and site access for construction vehicles, property access following local road closures required for NorthLink WA, and construction impacts such as noise and vibration.
Community Reference Groups (CRGs) were established and met regularly as part of our consultation program during project development, with specific focus on each section.
Just prior to construction starting, nominations for Construction Reference Groups were invited and the community continues to have input in this forum.
Construction Reference Groups include some members from previous CRGs, together with new members. The groups play a vital role in delivering NorthLink WA through:
- Collaboratively informing the final design development and construction process;
- Assisting to identify and respond to issues and opportunities to ensure the best possible outcomes;
- Providing issue-specific liaison in the design and construction process; and
- Communicating information to and from relevant community and stakeholder groups.
CRGs are made up of a cross-section of representative stakeholders, including environmental groups, local government authorities, affected residents, business associations, pedestrian and cycling peak bodies, developers and recreational groups.
Construction Reference Group
The group was formed in June 2016 and met quarterly to discuss the progress of construction and provide input into community engagement activities.
The Central Section group has 18 members, and have met a number of times since being established in March 2017. Members come from the project development phase, as well as new members who nominated after a newsletter was distributed.
The group has played a pivotal role in providing input and feedback to designs for noise walls, shared paths, drainage and landscaping. They act as invaluable voices representing local communities of Ellenbrook, Beechboro, Ballajura and Bennett Springs, the business community of Malaga, and sensitive environmental areas including Whiteman Park and Lightning Swamp Bushland.
A Construction Reference Group was established in June 2017 and has since had a number of productive meetings.
NorthLink WA has involved an extensive Community and Stakeholder Engagement Program that has allowed communities in all areas to be involved and provide feedback.
Project Development Phase (2014-2016)
During this phase, the following activities were undertaken to maximise community input:
- Providing information via newsletters, the website, newspaper articles and advertising, and letters to residents;
- Receiving information via an information line 138 138 and email address;
- Community information sessions;
- Regular community and stakeholder reference group meetings, with more than 60 community volunteers participating;
- Thirteen community information 'drop in' sessions (in Ellenbrook, Bullsbrook, Muchea, Morley and Ballajura) . These were attended by several hundred people, who had the opportunity to ask questions of the NorthLink WA team and review information about NorthLink WA; and
- Targeted meetings and briefings with community groups, local government authorities, schools, business groups and others. These included:
- The Vines Residents Association
- WA Road Transport Authority
- LWP Property Group (Ellenbrook)
- City of Bayswater (Councillors and officials)
- Town of Bassendean
- City of Swan (Councillors and officials)
- Shire of Chittering
- Whiteman Park
- Orchid Park residents
- Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers Association
- Cullacabardee Community
- Noranda Sporting Association
- Collier Road landowners and businesses
- Hampton Park Primary School
- The Friends of Whiteman Park
- Friends of Lightning Swamp Bushland
- Cyrenian House.
Community members advised that their main areas of interest were:
- Noise and visual impacts;
- Local area access;
- Protecting wetlands; and
- Public transport provision.
Planning Studies (pre-2014)
Several planning studies were undertaken for the Perth-Darwin National Highway prior to the Project Development phase. These studies were completed in 2013 and involved the following three areas:
- Reid Highway to Maralla Road Bullsbrook
- Maralla Road Bullsbrook to Brand Highway Muchea
- Brand Highway Muchea to Bindoon.
- Muchea to Bindoon
- Bindoon Deviation
Extensive consultation occurred in these locations from 2003 onwards, including direct liaison with landowners and all other stakeholders.