As government looks to 'three-sector solutions' to tackle wicked problems in public policy, two of those sectors know well the need for change. Not-fo
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TAGS Environment, Impact assessment, Construction, Prediction, Technology assessment, Environmental design, Future, Sustainability, Patrick Ibbotson
If a department is fixed on a significant community project, an inflexible approach could lead to many roadblocks. More strategic thinking is needed.
Governments promoting major projects could reduce anxiety and criticism in impacted communities by adopting a more strategic approach to assessment and approval processes.
A key issue is that governments are often committed to a project well before these consultation procedures are undertaken, yet the community expects that there will be no decision to proceed until this is all completed.
The approvals stage of a project, where environmental and community impacts are assessed and attempts to mitigate them are made, can impact design and routes, blow out costs and change procurement.
This is a key risk that needs to be managed halfway through the process from idea to action, says Patrick Ibbotson, Maddocks partner and sector leader for the firm’s NSW government practice.
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