DEVELOPING THE SUSTAINABLE CATCHMENTS PROGRAMME
Auckland Council engaged 4Sight to help them develop the Sustainable Catchments Programme – a number of community-based interventions aimed at improving priority urban catchments to contribute to stormwater, water quality, stream restoration and social outcomes.
We took a collaborative approach to working with Auckland Council, acting as a trusted advisor and as integral part of their team by:
- Understanding the project's strategic context;
- Building an effective working relationship with the client's SCP team – which proved essential for working well together under tight project deadlines;
- Giving the client priority access to our project team's availability;
- Working collaboratively between the SCP team and the wider-consultancy group to develop and deliver the project;
- Understanding the client's vision for the programme and what they needed it to deliver;
- Being passionate about the SCP and truly wanting it to succeed – which meant we'd do whatever it took to deliver the project.
4Sight helped Auckland council establish the programme and support its implementation over a three year period, with some of our key contributions including:
- Design of the overall programme methodology;
- Development of catchment-specific 10 Year Programme Implementation Plans, with the identification of freshwater ecological enhancement projects to give the council and community a strategic “plan of action”;
- Management of on-the-ground projects in several urban catchments as the Urban Project (Delivery) Manager;
- Development of systems and methodologies to prioritise enhancement projects on a programme and regional basis;
- Development of a programme monitoring strategy to measure the programme's success against programme, catchment and project objectives.
The project was an overwhelming success. All of its milestones were met on time, and the programme will provide the necessary resourcing, structure and management to handle the forecasted increase in spend from $80k/annum to $1.5m/annum. The planning and implementation methodologies we developed will help the client choose priority community-based interventions that will meet the programme's objectives.