Project Details

The Ocean Drive Duplication Project will ease congestion in a high-growth area by duplicating a road way and creating new intersections along a 3.4km section of Ocean Drive.  

The project will be within an existing road reserve, surrounded by growing neighbourhoods and with Ocean Drive being a key road into the Port Macquarie town centre. As such, the project will result in a high-standard transport link between Port Macquarie, Lake Cathie, Bonny Hills, Laurieton and Kew. 

Further, the project addresses the need for safe access for both motorists and pedestrians alike, with multiple child care centres, two major schools and numerous bus stops along or adjacent the project corridor. 

Element Engagement

Element’s engagement included:

  • Identification of potential issues and methods to resolve and/or manage,
  • Maintenance a database of all stakeholder-related information, 
  • Identification of protocols for communication with both internal / external stakeholders to ensure all stakeholders are presented with accurate information,
  • Liaison with the EPA,
  • Identification of potential construction impacts, milestones and actions that would require communication or consultation with the community / stakeholders due to the construction works,
  • Management of process for conflict resolution and negotiation with community and stakeholders,
  • Ensuring timeframes and resources for community notification and consultation are incorporated into project planning
  • Production of quality educational and promotional information to assist in the effective management of community information and engagement needs
  • Facilitation of meetings, forums and arranging interviews to address concerns from community.

Project Achievements

Since December 2022 Element has been working with Ditchfield Contracting to ensure a safe and stakeholder-represented construction process.  The project aims to be completed in late-2025.  Early and consistent stakeholder engagement has to-date resulted in positive sentiment of the project and community willingness to support ongoing progress.