Bruce Highway Upgrade Masterplanning, Cairns, Far North Queensland

Department of Transport and Main Roads


David Rivett was Team Leader (Environment) for this large planning project for 14 km of motorway in the Cairns southern corridor. He led a multidisciplinary team (air and noise, biodiversity, cultural heritage, water quality, sustainability, social impact, urban architecture and landscaping) to influence the evolution of the Master Plan and then assess impacts of its implementation.

A major task was the completion of a comprehensive multi-criteria analysis of the three options released for community engagement.

Environment North then worked with Abigroup and AECOM in the competitive ECI tender process to deliver the first stage ($150 m) of the proposed upgrading of the Bruce Highway. Environment North prepared environmental planning reports (Environmental Approvals Report and an Environmental Management Plan (Design)) in accordance with the scope of works and technical criteria for submission with the tender.

Following the award of the design and construct contract to the ECI competitor, Environment North was engaged by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to join its District Review Panel as the Department's environmental reviewer. 

Environment North has since worked on detailed planning of three new sections of the CBHU and environmental aspects of the detailed design of Stages 2 and 4 (including all environmental approvals).

Innovation/Distinguishing Features

The incorporation of environmental elements resulting in improved sustainability (especially water quality and habitat connectivity) during the Planning Phase.

Our Review Phase work is distinguished by the need to promote integration across associated disciplines (e.g. drainage, noise, and urban architecture).

A feature of our work on the detailed planning work of design packages has been the integration of environmental criteria with the engineering design.