In conjunction with Elton Consulting, we completed a cross border economic opportunities review for joint ACT, NSW Commonwealth agencies.
We completed detailed socio-economic profiles for the Namoi Catchment Management Authority covering the catchment as a whole and its three subregions. These included a wide range of mapped socio-economic data prepared by our mapping partner Bugseye. We continued working with the CMA on pioneering analysis which applied resilience principles to socio-economic systems, and developed a series of indicators of social and economic resilience.
We are currently updating our website to include summaries of recent projects. In the 2012-2013 year produced business Plans for renewable energy coordinators and multi-party Renewable Energy Roundtables for Southeast NSW, Hunter Valley, Central West and New England Northwest regions.
I’ve been in Mackay again this week, my third visit in about 5 years. And what a great place it is and what an interesting period it has been. Mackay is the regional service centre and port town for the Bowen Basin, an area with large volumes of coking (metallurgical) and thermal (steaming for electricity generation) coal.
Mackay is a standout “muscle town”, a moniker that was coined, I suspect, by well known demographer Bernard Salt, who is very good at finding a catchy name for a demographic phenomenon.
A muscle town is one that has seen rapid growth through a role as regional centre servicing a large mining area. So it is not the mine-site village. It is the ‘big smoke’ a couple of hundred kilometres away which has become the port (often literally) through which a mining region or a mining basin is accessed, and through which a…
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