Community

Community

RMCG’s team of experienced community practitioners work collaboratively and strategically to resolve complex issues.

We specialise in community problem solving, engagement, facilitation, conflict management, strategy and governance.

Solutions focussed

We design projects and processes with a focus on developing solutions, rather than running a process for its own sake. We tailor our approach to the task at hand to ensure we deliver the best possible results for our clients.

Comfortable with conflict

Our team acknowledges that conflict and competing interests are a natural part of communities and organisations. We know that dealing with community issues can be confronting. We are valued by our clients because of our expertise and willingness to deal with the uncomfortable, the disenfranchised and the confrontational.

Grounded in content

Our team is grounded both in the content we address and the methods we use. We are not content-free practitioners. Our engagement and facilitation techniques are complemented by an in depth understanding of communities, and training and experience in science, engineering, economics, environment and policy.

Community Services

  • Community-led problem solving   View 

  • Board and organisational performance review   View 

  • Conflict management and mediation   View 

  • Stakeholder and community engagement   View 

Community Team

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Associate

B.Env.Eng. (Hons)

Claire has more than a decade’s experience in strategic planning, facilitation and community engagement in a range of industries. Claire’s people and strategy skills are underpinned by a strong understanding of engineering and policy. She helps communities and organisations deal with complex issues, supporting insight and constructive strategy. Claire has delivered quality projects including investigations of community concerns related to mining, regional strategic planning, socio-economic impact studies and strategic planning for a wide range of organisations.

Simon McGuinness

Simon McGuinness

Principal

B.Ag.Sci.

Simon specialises in strategic planning, critical thinking, evaluation and facilitation.  He works primarily in the natural resource management sector, and also has deep experience in rural and regional development. With expertise in mediation and conflict resolution, he has led numerous projects requiring skilful delivery of community and stakeholder engagement processes.

Adrian Kennelly

Adrian Kennelly

Principal

B.Ag.Sci. (Hons), M.Ag.Sci., CPAg.

Adrian has more than 25 years’ experience in agricultural business and natural resource management research, policy, education and extension.  He is a specialist farm business management adviser, who consults to medium to large scale private farmers, agribusiness investors, agricultural industry groups and government agencies.  Adrian has specific skills and experience in strategic planning, business analysis, facilitation, and training and education in rural Australia.  Most recently he led the loss assessment for the Kilmore and Murrindindi bushfire class actions and is the sole accredited deliverer of BusinessEDGE in Victoria and Tasmania.

Steph Drum

Steph Drum

Senior Consultant

B.Nat.Res. (Hons)

Steph has specific skills and experience in natural resource management and sustainable agriculture, stakeholder and community engagement, policy and strategy development and evaluation. She has broad ranging experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of natural resource management programs. Steph combines her technical NRM knowledge with her expertise in building community capacity to develop tailored approaches to delivering and evaluating both environmental and social outcomes.

Dr Anne-Maree Boland

Dr Anne-Maree Boland

Managing Principal

PhD., B.Ag.Sci.

Anne-Maree has 25 years’ experience in dealing with natural resource and water management in agricultural industries. This has included research and development and consulting in the areas of sustainable management practices, water use efficiency, recycled water and environmental management systems. Anne-Maree has been a Non-Executive Director for GWRDC and IAL, is a Churchill Fellow and recipient of the University of Melbourne Chancellors Prize. She has extensive experience as a knowledge broker and establishing partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups including government, water and agricultural industries.

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.

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.

Clinton Muller

Clinton Muller

Senior Consultant

M.Sust.Ag., B.Bus. (Hons), B.A.

Clinton has extensive experience in sustainable agriculture, with a specialist focus on horticulture and intensive production systems. With a strong agricultural industry focus, Clinton has worked across a range of agricultural commodities and natural resource management issues in Australia and internationally.  Clinton’s diverse range of capacities including program design and management, stakeholder engagement, partnership management, monitoring evaluation and reporting, extension, facilitation, action research and science communication.

Jaclyne Scally

Jaclyne Scally

Consultant

B.App.Sci. (Env.Mgt.) (Hons)

Jaclyne has experience in strategy development, community and stakeholder engagement, community based natural resource management and social research. Her projects have involved environment and sustainability planning for local government, estuary management planning, program evaluations and communication and engagement strategies for government departments. Jaclyne has a passion for working with communities to achieve practical outcomes for the environment.

Melissa Ludeman

Melissa Ludeman

Consultant

B.Env.Sci. (Hons)

Mel is working primarily in the facilitation and strategy area of the business. She has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability) at Deakin University. Prior to joining RMCG, Mel was employed in conservation projects around Victoria. For her honours project, Mel worked with an Aboriginal Cooperative to evaluate their grassland management strategies in the You Yangs.

Rebecca Schwarzman

Rebecca Schwarzman

Consultant

B.Sci. (Hons)

Bec has skills and knowledge in the socio-environmental aspects of natural resource management, integrated water management, agriculture and regional development. She has been involved in a variety of projects with a focus on program evaluation, strategic planning and social research, primarily for government agencies. Her recent work has focussed on catchment and river health management, bushfire management planning, composts in agriculture and social research on drivers and barriers to landholder participation and compliance.

Jencie McRobert

Jencie McRobert

Associate

B.Sci., Grad.Dip.Eco., Assoc.App.Sci.

Jencie understands the science and economics of natural resource management and has grounded and practical experience in soils, mixed farming and viticulture. She has highly developed skills in evaluation of agricultural and natural resource management programs, business case writing, greenhouse emissions analysis and sustainable resource use, and catchment management.  Jencie knows and appreciates the issues affecting communities in rural and regional Australia.

Case Studies

Independent investigation conducted into community concerns relating to the Wandong Interchange

RMCG were engaged by the Minister for Roads and Road Safety to investigate community objections and concerns about the proposed changes to the proposed Wandong interchange as part of the Kilmore-Walla...

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Independent engagement with the Costerfield community regarding the antimony mine

As a result of continued hostility between stakeholders associated with mining at Costerfield, Minister D’Ambrosio, the Minister for Industry, and Minister for Energy and Resources, engaged RMCG to ...

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Victorian Sustainability Accord Stakeholder Interviews and Analysis

RMCG were engaged to evaluation the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord (the Accord), to assess the achievements of the Accord and implications for the proposed next phase. RMCG engaged with all 79 ...

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Environment Strategy

RMCG was engaged by the City of Greater Bendigo to help develop Council’s new Environment Strategy. The Environment Strategy – which encompassed food production, local economy and equity –  is ...

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Loddon Mallee, Wimmera and Central Highlands Regional Strategic Planning

Over many years, RMCG has been engaged repeatedly to help Regional Development Victoria, Regional Development Australia committees and the newer Regional Partnerships conduct regional strategic planni...

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Community impacts study of the Murray Darling Basin Plan

RMCG were co-leaders in a consortium engaged by MDBA to assess the potential community impacts of the proposals in the Guide. EconSearch was an important member of that consortium. Throughout the proj...

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Catchment Management Authority Board reviews

Catchment management authorities in Victoria are required to undertake an annual Board assessment in accordance with government guidelines. RMCG has been engaged by five authorities since 2011 on an o...

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Kilmore East-Kinglake and Murrindindi bushfire loss assessment

RMCG has had an ongoing multi-faceted involvement in the class actions that arose from the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in the Kinglake (Kilmore East-Kinglake bushfire) and Marysville (Murrindindi bu...

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Strategic planning and evaluation support for drought recovery grant program

The Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT) grant program is a collaborative donor grant program administered by FRRR and with funding support from a group of partners that aims to provide some relief an...

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Bushfire management planning evaluation in Barwon-Otways, Victoria

RMCG were engaged to evaluate a strategic bushfire risk assessment and planning program trialled in the Barwon-Otways region in Victoria. We worked collaboratively with staff from across DELWP, Par...

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Pro-Bono work for sustainable communities

Over the last three years the main focus of that work has been on:   Water Aid Australia Water Aid helps promote the provision of water and sanitation to the poorest communities across t...

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