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On 5 April 2019, the Department issued an Official Caution to Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty Ltd (SWC) for failure to implement an Environment Work Method Statement.


An Official Caution was also issued to Pacific Complete (PC) (a joint venture of Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd and WSP Australia Pty Ltd) for failure to implement adequate management strategies as outlined in the Construction Heritage Management Plan.


These failures to appropriately implement control measures lead to potential harm to an area of Aboriginal significance of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade.


The incident was self-reported to the Department following identification of the incident. SWC and PC have since implemented additional control measures such as a permitting system for any activity in no-go zones and have reaffirmed their commitment to working with Registered Aboriginal Parties to ensure no further potential harm occurs.

Page last updated: 30/05/2019