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APP assists NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service to deliver Improving Access to National Parks Program

The NSW Government’s commitment to enhancing national parks has seen significant investment in visitor infrastructure across the state. APP’s Urban Development team has played a key role in planning these capital works projects.
“Over the past year APP has worked with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to prepare and execute a program implementation strategy for the $150M Improving Access to National Parks (IANP) program. We take great pride in our involvement in this Program which, when completed, will see over 1,000 renewals and upgrades throughout NSW, providing significant improvements to visitor experience.” said APP’s Project Director, Aidan Werry.    APP’s role in the IANP program involved the preparation and rol

“Over the past year APP has worked with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to prepare and execute a program implementation strategy for the $150M Improving Access to National Parks (IANP) program. We take great pride in our involvement in this Program which, when completed, will see over 1,000 renewals and upgrades throughout NSW, providing significant improvements to visitor experience.” said APP’s Project Director, Aidan Werry. 

APP’s role in the IANP program involved the preparation and rollout of a program management framework and associated tools to enable each of NPWS’ eight operational branches to plan, monitor and report on the progress of their projects.

The calibre of APP’s work on the IANP program implementation strategy has resulted in a number of separate engagements with operational branches across the State, including:

Branch-Level Project Plan Development

APP was separately engaged by three of NPWS’ operational branches to assist with the preparation of key project plans under the IANP program. In many cases, APP’s expertise was sought due to high project values and significant levels of political and community interest.

Preparation of accurate and meaningful plans required engagement with various staff members across these branches to understand project drivers and requirements for some of their most interesting and high-profile projects. Projects ranged in value from sub-$50,000 to over $5,000,000 and covered various scopes of work and geographical areas.

The role involved preparation of branch-level templates, briefings and workshops with NPWS staff, data gathering and interpretation, and the preparation of draft and final project plans.

‘The upgrades across NSW have had many positive impacts on the community including improved access, supporting tourism as well as creating local jobs – all of which could be replicated in other areas of the country,’ Werry said. 

Aidan has particular interest and experience in development strategy for parks and open space. He has worked extensively with NPWS, Western Sydney Parklands Trust and Parramatta Park Trust. He manages projects from concept to construction, with a focus on the development strategy and masterplanning stages.