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APP, Arup and Aurecon appointed North East Link Independent Reviewer and Environmental Auditor

An APP, Arup and Aurecon joint venture (AAAJV) has been appointed Independent Reviewer and Environmental Auditor for Melbourne’s North East Link - a major, multi-faceted infrastructure program that will significantly improve the city’s connectivity and amenity.
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AAAJV will work with the Victorian Government and the Spark consortium to help deliver the North East Link program which includes road tunnels, a dedicated busway, 34 kilometres of walking and cycling paths plus major new parklands.

The ‘missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network’ will improve travel times across the city, take thousands of trucks off local roads and provide better public and active transport options. The tunnels will free up extensive space for parklands and wetlands.

Drawing on its combined expertise and experience of major civil and tunnelling projects and public private partnerships, the AAAJV team will independently assess that project development, delivery and completion of the $11.1 billion primary tunnelling package of works are in accordance with the project specifications and approval conditions.

Bianca Diffin, APP’s Project Director on the AAAJV team, said: “APP is proud to be involved in such a significant project that will deliver improved transport and public space outcomes for the community. Together with our partners, Arup and Aurecon, we will bring our combined expertise in major infrastructure to contribute to the successful delivery of a technically challenging project as the Independent Reviewer and Environmental Auditor.  We acknowledge this huge responsibility and are excited at being involved in one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects to date.”

Inclusive employment opportunities

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the project is the largest-ever investment in Melbourne's northeast and will support 10,000 jobs.

Employment opportunities will extend to priority job-seekers under a scheme being developed by the AAAJV.

In partnership with one of Australia’s leading employment social enterprises, Brotherhood of St Laurence, AAAJV will offer a career pathways program which will meet the needs of jobseekers and the wider market.  This initiative resonates for Bianca Diffin: “APP’s Purpose is to make the difference in whatever we do, so that our clients and communities prosper. Building a tailored career pathways program such as this will identify and remove barriers to employment."

"We're keen to empower individual jobseekers by enabling them to enter the competitive Victorian job market through these sustainable and technical career pathways. The ultimate objective is to contribute to the creation of a robust, resilient and diverse Victorian workforce to draw upon for future projects."

The Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allen said 500,000 people live within two kilometres of a North East Link interchange, and the design is the result of extensive community consultation.

North East Link is jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments. Early works are underway and the project will be complete by 2028.

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