Community engagement

Community involvement

RMS considers that meaningful and engaging community consultation is an essential component of the Foxground and Berry bypass project.

Community and stakeholder engagement commenced in March 2006 and has included public displays, meetings with interest groups and relevant stakeholders, participation in value management workshops, distribution of community updates, letters to householders, and telephone calls to property owners.

Following the improved design outcomes from the 2011 community review group, in 2012 RMS established several further community working groups to continue to address issues raised by the wider community in response to the design changes. The groups were open to all residents in the Foxground and Berry area who were interested in working with RMS on design aspects of the project. Four community working groups were formed in late February 2012, each focusing on a specific location along the length of the proposed project. The working groups were:

Berry bridge and northern interchange

RMS held three working groups (7 March, 28 March and 2 May) to review various community and design issues for the Berry bridge and northern interchange. This working group lead to a short list of four bridge design options which were all considered in the environmental assessment.

Following these working groups, design changes have been made including:

  • Bridge design improvements with commitment from RMS to develop a 'reference design' for the environmental assessment. A 'reference design' is where the design is developed beyond concept design with specified design improvements locked in now eg bridge joint types, number of bridge joints, column numbers and thickness.
  • Lowering the number of bridge joints and commitment to using finger joints by RMS, so as to reduce the potential for noise impacts.
  • Removal of roundabout from Tannery Road near to the Pulman Street precinct to Woodhill Mountain Road to avoid heritage impacts.

All actions and items raised during the working group sessions were carried forward by RMS into the environmental assessment.

Supporting documents

To view project documentation from the Berry bridge and northern interchange working group please refer to project documents page.

Kangaroo Valley Road Interchange and Victoria Street precinct

RMS held five working groups (8 March, 29 March, 17 April, 16 May and 25 July) to discuss the design of the Kangaroo Valley Road interchange and plans for Victoria Street. The aim of this working group was to assist with the mitigation of three key issues:

  • Pedestrian / cyclist connectivity from east to west.
  • Impacts on Mark Radium Park and consideration of future use.
  • Impact of through traffic on Victoria Street residents and pedestrians.

The following design changes have been made in response to feedback received through the working groups:

  • Working with the community on an interchange design to reduce the impact on homes on Huntingdale Park and Kangaroo Valley roads.
  • The Huntingdale Park Estate entrance to remain at its current location. A roundabout (required under the development consent for the estate) could be constructed earlier.
  • Provision of two-way shared pedestrian and cycleway features on the Kangaroo Valley Road interchange bridge providing improved connections to Mark Radium Park, Victoria, Queen and North streets.
  • Victoria Street to be cul-de-sac'd at Mark Radium Park for the purpose of the environmental assessment. This design may change following ongoing community through the environmental assessment submissions process.

All actions and items raised during the working group sessions were carried forward by RMS into the environmental assessment.

Supporting documents

To view further project documentation from the Kangaroo Valley Road interchange and Victoria Street precinct working group please refer to the project documents page.

North Street precinct

RMS held three meetings (29 February, 2 April and 14 May) to review urban design and community issues for the North Berry precinct, particularly with regard to noise wall design, the residual land between North Street and the bypass as well as proposed pedestrian and cycle ways to connect recreational areas and other parts of town.

Following the working group meetings, design changes have been made including:

  • Development of three potential designs for noise mitigation.
  • Improvements to the area between North Street and the Berry bypass to minimise the impact of the noise protection structures on Berry and maximise the potential for good quality urban design.
  • Incorporating shared cycle and pedestrian facilities between Kangaroo Valley Road and North Street on the southern side of the highway to maintain links between residential, commercial and recreational areas.

All actions and items raised during the working group sessions were carried forward by RMS into the environmental assessment.

Supporting documents

To view project documentation from the North Street precinct working group please refer to the project documents page.

Austral Park Road Interchange and Heavy vehicle rest area

RMS held two working group meetings (5 March and 16 April) to review various community and design issues for the Austral Park Road interchange and the proposed south bound heavy vehicle rest area.

Changes have been made to the concept design for the Austral Park Road interchange. They include:

  • Removal of the heavy vehicle rest area at Austral Park Road from the proposed Foxground and Berry bypass concept design (see below).
  • Altering the end point of Austral Park Road to allow for better integration with existing property access points.
  • Inclusion of a below ground wildlife crossing.

Heavy vehicle rest area at Austral Park Road no longer proposed

Heavy vehicle rest areas are needed around 100 kilometres apart so that drivers have safe places to rest and check their loads. This strategy is outlined in Major Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas on Key Rural Freight Routes in NSW (January 2010).

RMS investigated an upgrade of the existing Nungarry heavy vehicle rest area in Minnamurra, 25 kilometres north of Austral Park Road as an alternative site to a heavy vehicle rest area proposed at Austral Park Road as part of the Foxground and Berry bypass project. This was in response to issues raised by affected property owners and a community working group.

We believe upgrading the Nungarry site as an alternative to building new facilities at Austral Park Road is feasible.

RMS will now contact adjacent property owners, prepare a design of an upgraded Nungarry site and undertake an environment impact assessment.

If these investigations at Nungarry mean that it ultimately cannot be delivered, RMS will identify an alternative site but will not revert back to the Austral Park Road proposal.

Actions and items raised during the working group sessions were carried forward by RMS into the environmental assessment.

Supporting documents

To view project documentation from the Austral Park Road interchange and heavy vehicle rest area working group please refer to the project documents page.

Berry community review group 2011

The community review group met from August to December 2011 to examine improvements to the preferred route where it passes close to Berry. As a result of the community review group's discussions, several amendments were made to the concept design for the Berry bypass, including moving the Berry bypass and Berry bridge further north, realigning the Huntingdale Park off-ramp to avoid Huntingdale Park Road, and lowering the Berry bridge by up to 6.4 metres.

Please see below for the changes made to each section of the concept design.

August to December 2011: North Berry precinct outcomes

  • Along North Street, the bypass has been moved 26 metres further north, providing a 40 metre buffer between the northern edge of North Street (between Albany and Edward streets) and the revised alignment.
  • Diverting Town Creek, increasing flood immunity and allowing the roadway to be lowered.
  • Lowering the bypass between Alexandra and George streets by two metres. This responds to the community's desire to reduce the visual impact of the bypass.
  • The height of the noise mitigation has been reduced from five metres to four metres.

August to December 2011: Improvements for Huntingdale Park Road residents

  • The re-alignment of the northbound off-ramp to pass under the Kangaroo Valley Road bridge and avoid Huntingdale Park Road.
  • Retention of the Huntingdale Park Road junction with Kangaroo Valley Road at its current location.
  • Minimise impact to properties.

August to December 2011: Berry bridge

  • Moving the bridge in Berry around 95 metres further away from Berry as it crosses Woodhill Mountain Road.
  • Decreasing the bridge height by 6.4 metres lower than the previous design.
  • Devising a design that aims to maintain larger numbers of existing Poplar trees. Alternatives to removing trees such as trimming to reduce or avoid tree removal would be investigated.

Supporting documents

To view project documentation from the Berry community review group please refer to the project documents page.

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