Hunter residents have been invited to participate in a research project that will focus on the community impacts of Australia's $272 billion infrastructure roll-out.
The project, to be undertaken by the Australian National University's Institute for Infrastructure in Society, is seeking to understand how infrastructure delivery affects people in regional areas and how their experiences can be improved.
The Hunter includes several projects that form part of the government's infrastructure roll-out.
They include the Singleton Bypass and the Newcastle Inner City Bypass.
The research interviews will from part of a major research project, Australian Perspectives on Infrastructure.
"We've never seen a more intensive period of development than the current $272 billion pipeline," the Institute for Infrastructure in Society research director Sara Bice said
"There's a huge amount of activity from local councils, state governments and the Federal Government in communities all across Australia.
"We're really interested to know about the experiences of the local community members who are shouldering the burden of this nation-shaping infrastructure program."
Professor Bice said previous research had shown that a positive community-project relationship could improve social, environmental and economic outcomes from major projects
"Our research has also shown that when community-project relationships sour, it can put huge pressure on communities and project teams," she said.
"This latest piece of research will help us to advise regulators, policymakers and proponents - based on the lived experience of local people - on how to protect communities and meet their needs while delivering the infrastructure we all need."
Interested community members can register to be part of the survey at: https://voconiqlocalvoices.com/infrastructure/
The research team anticipates releasing the findings of the survey in the final quarter of 2022.
Participants may request a copy of the research findings.