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We were appointed by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to provide strategic advice and a framework for assessing the requirements for the future delivery of biodiversity and public land management activities in Victoria. In addition to providing business case capabilities our team’s appreciation of the policy setting was further complemented by Nation Partners’ environmental, climate change and sustainability advisory capabilities which presented a cohesive, well-evidenced assessment of the challenges and opportunities.
We provided business case development and project management services to support the assessment of a large and complex project to reimagine Arts Centre Melbourne and the Melbourne Arts Precinct, since announced as a once-in-a-generation transformation of Victoria’s pre-eminent cultural precinct. The overarching precinct plan included the upgrade of Arts Centre Melbourne, the establishment of a new National Gallery of Victoria Contemporary gallery, and the creation of an 18,000 square metre immersive public garden connecting the arts precinct.
Nation Partners is the lead communications and community engagement advisor on Australia’s first offshore wind project, Star of the South. As Australia’s energy sector is transforming, Star of the South is at the forefront of Victoria’s clean energy future. Embedded in the core project team, we are trusted advisors working to build awareness and grassroots support for the proposal and delivering authentic communications and stakeholder relations services to manage risks and provide positive outcomes for Gippsland.
Nation Partners provided the Sustainability Manager, Sustainability Coordinator, Climate Change Consultant and Resource Modeller for the Warrnambool Line Upgrade (WLU). We reviewed the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS), Green Star, climate change and material sustainability contract requirements to inform development of the rating pathways. Through delivery we facilitated greater understanding of sustainability and encouraged a culture of “thought leadership” – or thinking of different, more sustainable solutions to common issues.
As the Independent Environmental Auditor (IEA) for the North East Link Early Works project, we have provided specialist environmental compliance and auditing services across a broad range of technical disciplines. Our main responsibility has been to review, verify and audit compliance of CPBs environmental management documentation and works with the Project Contract, environmental management framework, environmental performance requirements and conditions of project approvals.
We supported GeelongPort with the development of its 20-year Environment Strategy to establish a long-term vision for the business. We developed an engagement-centred approach that identified valued environmental outcomes across key focus areas. The strategy provided for regulation-based and beyond-compliance initiatives to drive environmental improvements. The initiatives are reflective of what GeelongPort understands employees and the local community values and were linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Our team is providing strategic and technical guidance to NSW Government in relation to contaminated land across the lifecycle of the Sydney Metro program – Australia’s largest public transport initiative. Having developed a contaminated land management strategy, our team is supporting property acquisition, site investigations, environmental impact assessments, construction works and precinct development across the Sydney Metro program.
Nation Partners supports Fire & Rescue NSW’s (FRNSW) program to investigate and manage the potential presence and impacts of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at its sites. Providing technical, strategic and stakeholder advice, we enable PFAS impacts to be understood and managed across diverse properties in the FRNSW portfolio. Our rapid responses, and success working with regulators and the community, lead to positive outcomes.
We were engaged by MMG to deliver a range of social performance services for the Dugald River Mine. We developed a social baseline study, socio-economic impact and opportunity assessment, social impact management plan and social investment plan, which was prepared in line with select United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. We undertook extensive social research and stakeholder engagement with local communities and key mine stakeholders to understand the social and economic impacts relevant to Dugald River Mine.
Working alongside Aquametro Services and Melbourne Water we have minimised environmental impacts through informed design and siting and obtained statutory approvals for construction of the wetland and waterway diversion. We worked with designers to avoid ecologically significant habitat and significant impacts to Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) under the EPBC Act. We engaged early with Council and referral authorities to streamline application timeframes and reduce schedule risk.
Our team assisted GeelongPort to undertake its first assessment against the global environment, social and governance (ESG) investor sustainability assessment GRESB Infrastructure. Coupled with this work, we supported the ESG materiality assessment, considering the perspectives of internal and external stakeholders, as well as industry best practice, to identify priority issues for action. We prepared guidance material on the approach to addressing the GRESB resilience module and undertook a climate change risk assessment for physical and transition risks.
Nation Partners has developed a greenhouse gas calculation tool for the construction and operation phases of Inland Rail. With 13 packages across 1,700 kilometres, the Australian Rail Track Corporation wished to have a consistent approach to determining greenhouse gas emissions across each package. The tool enables an assessment of the energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions associated with the integration of sustainability initiatives. The tool is being provided to each design and construct package across Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
We have supported Barwon Water to develop its Climate Resilience Plan (CRP) in alignment with the Victorian Government guidance for water authorities. While Barwon Water is managing the process for developing the CRP and we are providing expert climate change guidance, as well as providing best practice monitoring and evaluation advice. We provided a detailed assessment of the climate change risk assessment and advised on transition risks associated with the decarbonisation of the economy.
Nation Partners undertook a market analysis to help inform Integrated Recycling’s future strategic direction. We were asked to explore the potential opportunities for recycled plastic products to replace products made from traditional materials such as timber, steel, virgin plastic and precast concrete. We assessed the national, state and local government circular economy policies and completed a comprehensive product analysis to better understand market opportunities and drivers.
Nation Partners is providing an integrated suite of communications and engagement services to support the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) as it delivers on an unprecedented investment in education infrastructure.
We have worked collaboratively with the Level Crossing Removal Project since its inception, delivering strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and landowner engagement services. Whether we were working with landowners or community members, who were disrupted by level crossing projects, our approach and professionalism helped build relationships and create understanding with communities and stakeholders.
Our team has been providing strategic advice and communications and engagement support on the North East Link Project. Pivotal to North East Link’s approach is a genuine focus on involving community, local interest groups and key stakeholders in the Project’s development. Nation Partners has been central in assisting NELP establish a number of Community Liaison Groups, engagement workshops and forums; including a first-of-its-kind Community Technical Discussion Group.
We supported Infrastructure Victoria with the development and rollout of a comprehensive stakeholder and community engagement program to help inform Victoria’s first 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy. Our detailed analysis and reporting of consultation feedback was critical to guiding decision making on Victoria’s infrastructure needs and priorities.
We completed a business case on behalf of NSW government in relation to the establishment of Indigenous Land Use Agreements for two native title claims. Drawing on detailed literature reviews, benchmarking and working collaboratively with numerous stakeholders, we developed project options, derived cost projections from first principles, and identified the range of project benefits afforded to Government, the Native Title holders and the community.
We have supported Regional Roads Victoria with a review of the effectiveness of its governance arrangements around the North East Maintenance Alliance (NEMA). The review reflected an ongoing commitment to delivery efficiency and value-for-money outcomes. The benchmarking analysis provided advice on alternate delivery methods’ effectiveness in achieving rehabilitation project outcomes and incorporated a comparative analysis, based on a suite of performance criteria.