• An Economic Assessment of the University’s value to the Hunter Region

    Sponsors-UoN

    Landmark teaching and research facility for the University of Newcastle

    HRF was commissioned by the University of Newcastle (UoN) to estimate the economic value of UoN to the Hunter Region. This project’s findings have been widely used by the University, and were included in UoN’s submission to the NSW Government for planning approval for its $95 million New Space facility, which was subsequently approved. Located in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD, NeW Space will deliver next-generation teaching and learning for UON students, drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the city, and be an important part of the CBD’s redevelopment. Initial construction on NeW Space is due to start in 2015, with the campus ready to be occupied by staff and students in 2017.

    For more details on New Space, see: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/newsroom/uons-new-space-planning-application-approved

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    The University of Newcastle

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  • Profiling the Hunter Resources Cycle

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    HRF was commissioned by the Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) in 2013 to conduct an economic assessment of the coal mining sector’s current and foreseeable impact upon the economy of the Hunter Region. The research sought to inform the client’s decision-making regarding potential infrastructure priorities within the Region.

    The research comprised a two-stage process:

    Stage 1 – Baseline assessment of the coal mining industry, including projected capital expenditure, operational and production profile

    Stage 2 – Economic impact assessment of coal mining and related industries in the Hunter

    “HRF’s collaboration with advanced economic modeling organisations leverages upon the substantial investment and technical capability of these models, while ensuring that the analysis is thoroughly grounded in regional understanding - for both the assumptions and potential conclusions.”

    Client

    Hunter Development Corporation

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  • Funding the Future Project

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    Conducted by HRF on behalf of Waverley Council in 2010, this project developed methodology that was designed to provide Waverley Council with statistically robust data, based on a representative sample of the Waverley community, on the community’s attitudes to proposed funding options for its 20-year Community Strategic Plan, known as Waverley Together 2.

    The methodology and results of the project were referred to by Council officers as “fundamental” to the success of Waverley Council’s application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal for a significant variation to rates (SRV), in excess of the standard rate peg.

    Waverley Council’s SRV application was approved in full for the next three years, making it the largest percentage increase approved by IPART in that round. Its application for increases in later years will be subject to further community consultation.

    IPART explicitly recognised the rigorous standards applied by HRF in collecting independent, statistically robust data, and included HRF’s work in SRV guidelines, strongly encouraging applicants to undertake surveys of this standard. Other local councils approached HRF to undertake similar projects as a result.

    “The value for money provided by HVRF is excellent, as well as the quality of their research, sound methodologies and integrity.”

    Client

    Waverley Council

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  • Bickham Socio-Economic Assessment

    This project conducted a social and economic assessment to provide important contextual information against which the potential costs and benefits of an open cut mine proposed by the Bickham Coal Company at a site approximately 50km north of Muswellbrook, could be weighted.

    “We had a short timeframe for the report to be prepared and HRF were able to meet those deadlines.

    It is always a pleasing experience to work with the team at HRF.The ‘can do’ approach to our requests in the past have been appreciated by our management and staff.”

    Client

    Bloomfield Group

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  • Survey of residents and ratepayers on funding options for My Lake Macquarie

    Sponsors-LMCC

    HRF was commissioned to provide Lake Macquarie City Council (LMCC) with statistically reliable information about the community’s perceptions of the need for an array of services currently or potentially provided by LMCC.

    The research also sought the community’s response to options for future funding, given objective information about those options and their implications for service provision, in order to inform an application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal for a special variation to rates to meet the funding requirements of LMCC’s Community Strategic Plan 2008-2018.

    “HRF demonstrated an extremely professional approach in their research and the conducting of the survey as part of LMCC’s project for a rate variation. They were also very helpful.”

    Client

    Lake Macquarie City Council

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  • Hunter Region Planning Workshop

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    Regional Development Australia – Hunter (RDAH) commissioned the HRF to facilitate a Strategic Planning Workshop in late 2009. The main objectives of the workshop were to:

    • Engage in meaningful discussion to increase participants’ understanding of regional issues and each others’ perspectives;
    • Promote a shared understanding of the outcomes against which RDA committees are required to report;
    • Identify key regional priority areas where RDAH should focus its activities;
    • Begin the development of initiatives in the identified regional priority areas.

    The workshop was attended by RDA Committee members as well as other regional stakeholders and government representatives.

    “Analysis of issues and ability to challenge participants.”

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    Regional Development Australia - Hunter

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