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Place-based planning

Place-based planning acknowledges that complex issues require approaches that are specific to a particular location or community. It puts communities at the heart of efforts by agencies and services to understand how complex issues play out in that particular place, and collaboration to develop place-based responses.

Successful place-based planning approaches are founded on trust, experience and a deep local knowledge, as well as strong commitment to collaboration and shared outcomes.

At RMCG, we bring the right mix of capabilities, mindsets and resources from both the community and key stakeholders to undertake place-based planning approaches for your complex issue.

Since its inception, RMCG has worked with geographically spread regional, rural and remote communities in Australia. We have built a team of almost 60 staff working across offices in Victoria (Bendigo, Melbourne, Torquay and Warragul), Tasmania (Hobart, Launceston and Penguin), New South Wales (Orange) and Australian Capital Territory (Canberra).

Our diverse geographical presence across Australia’s south-eastern region has allowed our consultants to draw on their inherent local knowledge to facilitate successful place-based planning projects in a range of communities and regions.

Team

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Claire Flanagan-Smith

Principal

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.

David Hale

David Hale

Senior Consultant

B.A., MPACS

David brings diverse community development experience from time with the Federal Government, across regional Victoria and abroad. Specialising in strategic development, community facilitation and monitoring and evaluation, he is passionate about enabling local change. With extensive work in government planning, conflict negotiation, youth empowerment and social innovation, David is able to adapt and apply his high-quality reporting and facilitation skills flexibly across a range of partners.

Having worked as a Managing Director and Senior Researcher, David brings an array of technical and practical expertise in community development, participatory research, conflict management, strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation. David enjoys working collaboratively to bring about local outcomes. He appreciates taking time to understand and meaningfully connect with those he works with and takes pride in his ability to synthesise information from those he engages.

Deb Prentice

Deb Prentice

Senior Consultant

B.A., G.Dip.Bus., Dip.NRM.

Deb’s key areas of expertise are in community engagement, facilitation and strategic thinking. She has experience in both public sector and corporate organisations and her relevant training underlies a commitment to build team and community capacity, sustainable health and wellbeing and improving equity and diversity. Deb has led regional and corporate teams, formally and informally, in community engagement and activation to reach decisions and efficiencies around strategic action planning, cultural diversity, performance planning, workforce diversity and inclusion and stakeholder mapping. Her experience in working with diverse communities including people with disabilities, Aboriginal staff members, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities to roll out programs and enable joint direction setting provide her with a deeper understanding into people’s values, experiences and needs.

Shelley McGuinness

Shelley McGuinness

Associate

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.

Adrian Kennelly

Adrian Kennelly

Principal

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

Adrian has more than 30 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, impact and loss assessment, facilitation, and training and education in rural Australia.  Adrian chairs the advisory boards of a number of family farming operations in south-eastern Australia and has undertaken due diligence exercises for several domestic and international investors.

In addition to this, his most recent industry project work includes the development of an Investment Attraction Program for Rural Councils Victoria, an agricultural impact assessment of the Western Highway bypass of Ararat and the development of a business planning program (Our farm, our plan) for the Australian dairy industry.

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.

George Warne

George Warne

Associate

B.Building

George is recognised as a leader in the rural water sector. After ten years in the commercial construction industry, George became the inaugural General Manager and CEO at Murray Irrigation from 1992 onwards, leading the reform processes in water management, environmental responsibility, infrastructure management and water service delivery in southern NSW. George has also been responsible for major change management within organisations whilst dealing with severe water shortages caused by droughts-of-record.

Emily Tee

Emily Tee

Senior Consultant

B.Ag.Sci., Grad.Dip.App.Sci. (Hort), Dip.Bus.

Emily is a multi-skilled professional with experience in design, delivery and review of programs and projects in the environmental and agricultural sectors. She combines excellent strategic thinking skills with a proven ability to problem-solve and effectively communicate with colleagues and stakeholders. Emily has particular skills in relationship building and collaboration with individuals, teams and industry groups to lead and implement change and deliver on outcomes.