The Hallam Bypass Project leadership group played a quasi-mediation role in resolving the Gunns Road Reserve problem. Instead of advocating a predetermined position on the outcome, they successfully facilitated a dialogue among the other parties about creative options to meet the key interests of all parties, as well as objective standards of legitimacy. The road and parkland were collaboratively redesigned, and council approved the works and even contributed to some of the costs of desired paths, boardwalk, fauna protection and viewing areas.
The Hallam Bypass Project was completed 17 months early and $10 million under budget. A key component of that success was the ability of VicRoads and its partners to resolve the many large and small problems that occur in any such project by using a collaborative, interests-based and principled approach. It allowed many more issues to be resolved on the spot, preventing them from surfacing into major problems.