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Agricultural Land and Industry Development Strategy

Department of Planning & Environment (NSW)

The NSW Department of Planning & Environment (DPE) engaged RMCG to prepare Agricultural Land and Industry Development Strategies for the Central West and Orana and Murray-Murrumbidgee regions.

Our approach for this project included analysis of available statistical data (sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics), desktop review of regional and industry reports, agricultural land mapping and consultation with industry stakeholders and producers. This allowed us to identify and report on the current status and trends relevant to the main agricultural industries in the region, key issues facing producers and their industries and main drivers of change in these industries.

A report was developed for the key agricultural industries in each region and presented to the Project Reference Group. The reports were finalised following incorporation of feedback from the Project Reference Group. The reports are being used by DPE to inform development of the Regional Growth Plans for Central West and Orana and Murray-Murrumbidgee.

Team

Shelley McGuinness

Shelley McGuinness

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons)

Shelley has strongly developed strategic planning skills and an ability to develop and apply logical methodologies to complex problems resulting in workable, robust strategies and policy solutions. With over 25 years’ experience she has an in-depth understanding of rural communities, industries, environments and natural resources, their inter-relationships and inter-dependencies. Her skills and experience have been applied to rural and regional strategic land use planning, agricultural industry analysis, assessment of land capability and suitability, land use conflict and environmental planning.

Carl Larsen

Carl Larsen

Senior Consultant

B.Env.Sci., B.Soc.Sci. (Env.), PG.Cert.CCPI.

Carl is a socio-environmental scientist with skills in planning, delivery and evaluation of agriculture and natural resource management programs, integrated water management, climate change and stakeholder engagement. He has an understanding of the practical implications of policy and science on communities and agriculture. Carl has worked with a range of government departments, resource management agencies, private organisations and communities around Australia on catchment management, sustainable water use, resource management in agriculture/horticulture, land use, climate change, strategic planning, and extension and practice change.

Steph McNulty (nee Spry)

Steph McNulty (nee Spry)

Consultant

M.Env., B.Sci. (Marine Biology)

Steph has ten years’ experience working in environmental management. Key areas of knowledge include general ecology and environmental policy. She has specific skills in GIS analysis, project management and stakeholder consultation. Steph’s work has focused on the delivery of balanced, practical and effective environmental interventions.