The Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance (PW2PA), a consortium of CPB Contractors, Aurecon and GHD, in alliance with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, will deliver the Joy Baluch AM Bridge Duplication in Port Augusta; the Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication; and the Augusta Highway Duplication Planning Study, between Port Augusta and Port Wakefield.
As an Alliance we commit to fulfil the promise of ‘connect, grow and sustain’ by:
- Improving freight productivity and connections with regional communities.
- Boosting local amenity and regional skills in the civil construction industry.
The PW2PA Alliance has recognised Safety as the most important priority throughout the planning, design, construction and delivery of the projects.
The safety of workers, motorists and the community is the highest priority of the PW2PA Alliance. Our goal is to eliminate the potential for fatalities and permanent disabilities, while systematically reducing all other injuries ensure everyone gets home safely.
The PW2PA Alliance has a strict zero tolerance to alcohol and drugs and will continue to maintain a strict regime of testing to ensure that the wider project team and local communities are safe every day.
The PW2PA Alliance is continuously monitoring government health advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic so that we can effectively protect our people and operations.
The PW2PA Alliance is committed to minimising the risk of exposure in our workplace by;
- Practicing and adhering to social distancing practices
- Encouraging frequent washing of hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser
- Promoting increased levels of personal hygiene
- Avoiding handshakes and personal greetings
- Effective schedules for cleaning of hard surfaces multiple times per day
- Adhering to good food-safety practices.
All PW2PA Alliance staff and workforce are updated on the latest government advice and further controls through daily pre start meetings and toolbox talks from dedicated project COVID-19 Support Officers.
In working with stakeholders and the community, the PW2PA Alliance will always endeavour to:
- Make the most of all opportunities to involve local communities and stakeholders in the projects
- Arrange engagement activities at times and places that are convenient to community members, including residents and businesses and other stakeholders, and provide online options where practical to reach a broader audience
- Respond to reasonable requests for additional engagement activities and information
- Acknowledge and understand diverse views on the projects
- Actively engage with the community to ensure that community feedback is considered as part of the Projects.
The PW2PA Alliance also acknowledges the vast and diverse population who live, work and enjoy life in the communities on which we will be delivering the projects.
The PW2PA Alliance is proud to be afforded the opportunity to deliver the Port Wakefield to Port Augusta regional projects. We want the communities in which we will be operating to feel connected, engaged and proud of the outcomes we will all achieve, which will deliver long lasting legacy outcomes for decades to come.
The PW2PA Alliance acknowledge and respect Aboriginal communities’ strong and ongoing connection to the lands on which we operate. We want to ‘Connect, Grow and Sustain’ these communities through all aspects of project delivery.
For the purposes of the PW2PA, DPTI has nominated 5 key Aboriginal stakeholder groups, namely the Barngarla, Nukunu, Narungga, Kaurna and Kokatha. However, we also acknowledge the many Aboriginal groups and community members who maintain a strong and ongoing connection to the lands on which the Alliance will be delivering the respective projects. For the PW2PA Alliance we see this opportunity as being another step in our collective reconciliation journey.
The PW2PA Alliance will be actively engaging with Aboriginal communities through a number of approaches and will be focused on the employment and training of Aboriginal community members along with engaging Aboriginal owned businesses in the delivery of the works. Additionally, we will be working closely with Aboriginal stakeholder groups to support the inclusion of Aboriginal artistic elements into the projects-built forms.
We take responsibility to ensure our approaches reflect the values of inclusion and diversity throughout our workforce and in the way we operate, in the full knowledge that diverse teams deliver better project outcomes.
The Alliance is committed to ensure that road users are informed of traffic restrictions which may, or will have, significant impacts to travel time and that such restrictions do not exceed the advertised periods so that road users can elect to take alternative routes during the relevant periods. The PW2PA Alliance acknowledges the projects are being delivered on major transport routes and as such our approach extends to including traffic alerts across the network, well in advance of any local traffic restrictions being implemented.
The PW2PA Alliance’s aim is to deliver sustainable infrastructure to regional South Australia in a manner that balances economic, environmental and social needs.
Key sustainability targets for these works include:
- Provision of infrastructure that provides and drives lasting benefits to the community
- Minimisation of environmental impacts from construction and operation
- Minimisation of resource consumption and the disposal of waste to landfill.
The urban design objectives for the projects are to:
- Create memorable and exciting daily experience
- Deliver enhanced functionality within the project scope
- Create attractive places
- Draw on the local landscape and community influences.
Amenity planting, new shared use pathways for pedestrians and cyclists, educational and interpretative elements and involvement of the local communities, with a focus on Aboriginal project artwork will provide vital community connections.
As part of the delivery of urban design elements and artworks for the project the Alliance will collaborate with Aboriginal stakeholder groups Owners in the planning, design and realisation of the urban design and art elements to strengthen local identity, community pride and interpretation of place.
The Urban Design will embed art as an intrinsic experience, offering multiple ways for the road users, pedestrian and cyclists, and the local community to access and engage with it.
The PW2PA Alliance is serious about managing construction impacts including noise, vibration, dust, mud and light spill. The Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) will be implemented to ensure any impacts are mitigated as much as reasonably practicable.
Dust during construction is mostly generated from excavation, stockpiling, loading trucks and vehicle movement and can be worsened by dry and windy conditions. Dust will be addressed by:
- Setting low speed limits on unsealed surfaces and stabilising disturbed areas as soon as possible
- Using dust suppressants over work areas and stockpiles
- Limiting works during dry and windy conditions
- Installing grids and rubble at work site exits and using street sweepers
- Using dust monitors to monitor the performance of these measures.
Noise & vibration
Heavy machinery, generators, light towers, truck loading and movements and general construction activities will produce noise. Vibration can occur as a result of rock or concrete breaking or where vibratory rollers are used for compaction. Some noise disturbance can be expected at times while works are completed, however the work will be managed to minimize disturbance to local residents as much as practically possible. Measures to mitigate noise and vibration impacts include:
- Scheduling the noisiest works during the day or early evening where possible
- Providing timely notification to residents of works that may cause disturbance
- Enclosing stationary equipment such as generators
- Using low level reversing squawkers where possible
- Using static or reduced vibration rollers where possible
- Using radios for crews to communicate
- Using noise and vibration monitors to monitor performance.
Erosion, Mud & Water Quality Impacts
During rain, erosion can occur, resulting in mud and sediment-affected runoff, potentially affecting neighbouring streets/roads, residual vegetation, waterways and habitat. Works within waterways present a direct risk to water quality, which must be confined to the minimum area possible. Erosion and water quality impacts will be addressed by:
- Planning works to avoid areas of risk during wet weather
- Installing erosion and sediment controls, including silt curtains for works within water
- Stabilising disturbed areas as soon as possible
- Installing grids and rubble at work site exits and using street sweepers
- Using inspections and water quality monitoring to monitor the performance of these measures.
During night works, temporary lighting is needed to illuminate work areas for the safety of the workers and the community, and there is a risk that the community will be affected. We will minimise light spill by:
- Keeping the amount of light to the minimum required for safe access and works
- Directing light towers away from houses where possible.
During piling for the Joy Baluch AM bridge duplication, underwater noise presents a risk to marine fauna. Measures to minimise this risk include:
- Planning the works with the assistance of a marine ecologist
- Carrying out observations during the works for marine mammals and other species, with stop-work procedures applied as required.
The PW2PA Alliance is passionate about undertaking its projects with environmental care, aiming to minimise any adverse impacts associated with their construction and long-term operation. We appreciate our South Australian environment and know that we are operating within communities that are also deeply interested in maintaining and, where possible, enhancing their natural and cultural surroundings.
As a part of PW2PA’s commitment to caring for the environment, the projects will:
- Provide a supportive environmental culture by embracing actions that contribute to a sustainable future
- Minimise our environmental impacts and prevent pollution by applying a hierarchy of controls to eliminate, substitute or mitigate such impacts
- Promote the efficient use of energy, reduction of waste and recycling of materials in all activities
- Comply with environmental legal requirements and approval conditions applicable to the project
- Engage with the relevant stakeholders and community representatives on a regular basis with the aim to inform and build strong relationships.
The PW2PA projects operate in accordance with a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP), which describes the management of environment risks associated with the project and controls our actions, to ensure that our practices are fully compliant.
Careers with PW2PA
The PW2PA Alliance creates unique and diverse career opportunities through work which offers challenge and growth. Through the delivery of our projects we are committed to maximising opportunities for employment and development and building local workforce capability to leave a lasting legacy for South Australians.
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The PW2PA Alliance is committed to working with South Australian based business, in particular regional and Aboriginal businesses for the delivery of the projects.
If your business has previously registered interest in the project via the ICN SA Expression of Interest (EOI) webpages you will not need to re-register your business details. All EOI’s previously received by the ICN SA have been provided to the PW2PA Alliance to support industry engagement and procurement activities.
If your business has not previously registered interest then please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your business details including your business name, ABN, contact person and your business profile (if available).
Upon receipt of this information your business will be registered into the PW2PA Alliance procurement platform, known as Felix. You will then receive a Registration Questionnaire followed by Pre-Qualification requirements for completion.
Businesses who have previously registered through the initial EOI process will be automatically registered into Felix by the Contracts and Procurement Team (no further action required).