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Local Community and Economy

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The local community and economy section focuses on how construction and infrastructure projects can be a good neighbour and leave a lasting legacy. Developers and contractors strive to minimise disruption during construction works, ensure local communities are engaged and local suppliers are given full and fair opportunities to benefit from the project and promote community engagement. 

Local community and economy considerations are embedded throughout the construction or infrastructure project. Clients, developers and main contractors are increasingly required to address community and local economic considerations, along with sustainability, during the planning stages of projects. It is important for suppliers to understand their contractors’ commitments to local community and the economy, to meet minimum standards and support continuous improvement.

Key elements relating to local community and economy that are often considered in construction and infrastructure best practice projects include:

Ensuring community engagement and consultation occurs both in the planning and construction phases 
Delivering employment, training and skills development opportunities, mainly in the construction phase 
Providing volunteering and mentoring programs and services
Supplier engagement and diversity