The practice of civil construction and maintenance is inherently lean and efficient; a result of the economic benefits that are gained by minimising all extraneous resources and cost.
However, in this age of increasing focus on social and environmental values, and the explicit commitments by all levels of Government to remote and local economic development, we recognise the need to look at all our work and projects through a prism which is more complex than simply “how much dirt, how few $”.
For NQCEC this means incorporating flexibility, sustainability values and local community needs into our contemporary road and civil construction practices. It means listening to and learning from all of our stakeholders.
The concept of a "sustainable road' which has emerged through both academia and industry, defines as a road that is:
- constructed to reduce environmental impacts
- designed to optimise the alignment (vertical and horizontal including considerations. of ecological constraints and operations use by vehicles)
- resilient to future environmental and economic pressures (e.g. climate change and resource scarcity)
- adaptable to changing uses including increased travel volumes, greater demand for public and active (cycling and walking) transport, and;
- Able to harvest the energy to power itself.
The NQCEC commitment to sustainable operations is much broader than roads. It is characterised in our ILEOP and reflected in this website.
Sustainability for NQCEC is being a fully participating member in the local community which supports us, and supporting them in return. That recognition underlies our broad commitment to local events, schools and other community organisations. If you have something you would like us to consider supporting, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committed to relationships of respect with all of our stakeholders