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Provided below is a selection of consultancy projects completed by SC Lennon & Associates. 
Preparing for Prosperity: Snowy Valleys Council Economic Development Strategy, 2018-2022
Snowy Valleys Council

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by Snowy Valleys Council in New South Wales to prepare the newly-unified Council's economic development strategy.

 

Preparing for Prosperity: Snowy Valleys Council Economic Development Strategy 2018-2022 has been prepared to support the communities of the Snowy Valleys Council area in accordance with Council’s vision of “leading, engaging and supporting strong and vibrant communities”.

 

Informed by targeted stakeholder consultation, research and analysis, the economic development strategy builds on the community engagement process undertaken by Council to prepare the Snowy Valleys Community Strategic Plan: Snowy Valleys 2028: Our Vision, Our Future.

 

Preparing for Prosperity presents a suite of 35 individual actions categorised under four strategic themes. It articulates Council’s role in facilitating, supporting and promoting business activity to develop and secure a sustainable employment base and a strong economic future for the Snowy Valleys Council area.

Bold Ambitions 2038:
Toowoomba Region Economic Development Strategy

Toowoomba Regional Council

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by Toowoomba Regional Council to assist it in preparing a new economic development strategy for the Toowoomba Region.

 

Titled "Bold Ambitions 2038: A Blueprint for Regional  Prosperity", the economic development strategy provides a framework for for enhancing the vibrancy, liveability and economic sustainability of the Toowoomba region.

The strategy builds on Council's achievements in facilitating projects and programs to help grow the regional economy. While Toowoomba Regional Council is the lead facilitator of the strategy, its implementation relies on the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE), public and private sector resources, active partnerships, the business community and all levels of government.

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Torres Strait Regional Economic Investment Strategy:
Arts & Creative Industries Business Growth Package

Torres Strait Regional Authority

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) to assist with the design and delivery of the Arts & Creative Industries Business Growth Package.

 

The Arts & Creative Industries Business Growth Package is designed to support Torres Strait businesses that rely on ‘creativity’ as their primary source of value. The focus of the Business Growth Package is broader than traditional Torres Strait arts, culture and heritage and its focus is on ‘for-profit’ commercial business opportunities in all areas of the Arts & Creative Industries. This includes cultural production activities like painting, song and dance, and creative services like graphic design, web design, fashion design, photography and marketing.

The Arts & Creative Industries Business Growth Package is a direct outcome of the Torres Strait Regional Economic Investment Strategy (REIS), which was also prepared by SC Lennon & Associates. The REIS provides the TSRA with a strategic framework to facilitate commercially-viable business opportunities in the Torres Strait Region. Built on extensive research, consultation and analysis, the REIS is strategic, informed and targeted.

For more information about the Torres Strait Arts & Creative Industries Business Growth Package, go to the TSRA web site here. For more information about the Torres Strait Regional Economic Investment Strategy, click here.

Economic and Community Benefits of Sealing the Strzelecki Track

RDA Far North, the Outback Communities Authority and The Flinders Ranges Council

 

Commissioned by RDA Far North, The Flinders Ranges Council and the Office of The Outback Communities Authority in South Australia, SC Lennon & Associates prepared a business case for sealing the Strzelecki Track, a vital supply link for major oil and gas facilities in the Cooper Basin and an essential transport corridor for Outback communities, tourism and livestock movements.

 

The economic benefits focussed on various sectors including resources, beef cattle, road freight and tourism and the results showed that implications of these wider benefits have the potential to deliver a ‘value add’ to the economy in the order of $87 million in year 10 after the project completion and wider economic benefits (over 40 years) of between $2.3 billion and $3.1 billion.

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Outback Region Economic Growth and Investment Strategy

RDA Far North South Australia and the Outback Communities Authority

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by Regional Development Australia Far North SA and the Outback Communities Authority to prepare a Regional Economic Growth and Investment Strategy.

 

The Economic Growth and Investment Strategy addresses the region’s economic development challenges and opportunities with a focus on providing opportunities for investment to support sustainable growth.

 

It includes a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the region’s economic stocks and flows - both in and out of the region - identifying the OCA Region’s connections and interrelationships with the broader South Australian economy.

 

The strategy provides the evidence base to support the OCA Region’s engagement with both State and Federal Governments on matters of regional significance which require further attention.

 

Importantly, the strategy recognises and articulates the role of the Outback Communities Authority and other key ‘agents of change’ - RDA Far North, local Councils and others - in facilitating economic development and attracting investment to ensure growth in the region is managed and sustainable.

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OneOutback Prospectus

RDA Far North and the Outback Communities Authority

 

The Outback Communities Authority (OCA) and RDA Far North commissioned SC Lennon & Associates to prepare an investment prospectus for the Outback. The ‘oneOutback’ Prospectus is a short, sharp and engaging document targeted at government agencies and prospective investors.

The oneOutback Prospectus is evidence based and seeks to attract investment into the Outback to see projects of regional significance come into fruition. In exploring how the region is best placed to leverage the Outback’s competitive advantage, the Prospectus identifies and promotes four prioritised, innovative ‘region-building’ investment opportunities which are economically sound and community verified.

 

The oneOutback Prospectus verifies the Outback Communities Authority Region Economic Growth & Investment Strategy, which was also prepared by SC Lennon & Associates on behalf of the OCA and Regional Development Australia Far North. This key planning document is informed by economic analysis and comprehensive community engagement with those living and working in the Outback.

Download the prospectus.

Outback Prosperity 2021:
Longreach Region Economic Development Strategy

Longreach Regional Council

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by Longreach Regional Council to prepare the Longreach Region Economic Development Strategy. The strategy provides the framework and directions for economic development within the Longreach local government area, with the focus being on actions that can be achieved over the next 5 years.

 

The Longreach Region Economic Development Strategy delivers three things:

 

  • Firstly, it provides an information base (for Council and others) on the structure and dynamics of the region’s economy.

 

  • Secondly, it identifies economic development challenges and opportunities for Council and other key stakeholders to consider for investment and it presents this information in a format to encourage participation by industry and developers.

 

  • Finally, the strategy looks at ways to address the region’s most pertinent issues, challenges and opportunities, providing a framework for facilitating economic development within the Longreach LGA.

 

The Longreach Region Economic Development Strategy documents a plan of action for Council and its partners in government, industry and the community to facilitate change towards a more prosperous future for the Longreach community.

 

Importantly, it articulates a vision for the future.

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City of Launceston Economic Development Strategy

City of Launceston

 

A team comprising SC Lennon & Associates and HillPDA was commissioned by the City of Launceston in Tasmania to prepare the City of Launceston Economic Development Strategy.

 

The Economic Development Strategy provides Council with the framework and directions to facilitate and promote economic development. Specifically, it identifies activities for which The City of Launceston can take the lead and others where Council will play a support role to other agencies and organisations driving the initiatives concerned.

Strategy outcomes include the identification of a vision for the economic development of the City and clarity around Council’s economic development functions, operations, strategies and required resources.

 

Importantly, it articulates and capitalises on Launceston's role as a regional service centre for Northern Tasmania, promoting the City's potential as:

 

  • A world-class 'learning city';

  • An internationally-recognised visitor destination; and

  • A location of choice for 'knowledge workers', entrepreneurs and innovative businesses seeking a sophisticated small-city lifestyle.

 

Delivering actions to support the foundations for growth, the City of Launceston Economic Development Strategy provides a ‘blueprint’ for enhancing economic vibrancy, sustainability and liveability in the City of Launceston.

 

The focus of the strategy is on actions that can be achieved over the next five years.

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Torres Strait Regional Economic Investment Strategy:
Fisheries Business Growth Package

Torres Strait Regional Authority

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) to assist with the design and delivery of the Torres Strait Fisheries Business Growth Package. The Fisheries Business Growth Package is designed to support opportunities for value-added fishing activities in the Torres Strait Region. The Business Growth Package supports the objectives of the TSRA's Fisheries Programme, to enhance the region’s wealth by creating and managing an economically and environmentally sustainable fishing industry and increasing employment opportunities f in the Torres Strait Region.

The Fisheries Business Growth Package is a direct outcome of the Torres Strait Regional Economic Investment Strategy (REIS), which was also prepared by SC Lennon & Associates. The REIS provides the TSRA with a strategic framework to facilitate commercially-viable business opportunities in the Torres Strait Region. Built on extensive research, consultation and analysis, the REIS is strategic, informed and targeted.

For more information about the Torres Strait Fisheries Business Growth Package, go to the TSRA web site here. For more information about the Torres Strait Regional Economic Investment Strategy, click here.

Whitsunday Region Economic Development Strategy

Whitsunday Regional Council

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by Whitsunday Regional Council to prepare the Whitsunday Region Economic Development Strategy.

The primary purpose of the Whitsunday Region Economic Development Strategy is to develop a clear, actionable and achievable ‘road map’ for economic development in the Whitsunday Region until 2021.

 

The Economic Development Strategy provides Council with the framework and directions to facilitate and promote economic development. It identifies activities for which Whitsunday Regional Council can take the lead and others where Council will play a support role to other agencies and organisations driving the initiatives concerned.


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Malt Precinct Redevelopment Options Economic Analysis

Heritage Council of Victoria

​Caydon Property Group obtained approval for redevelopment of the Historic Malt Precinct in inner Melbourne conserving important heritage assets including the iconic ‘Nylex Sign’.

 

​SC Lennon & Associates provided detailed options feasibility modelling to assist with deliberations on the appropriate balance between commercial and conservation outcomes.

The proposal is for a a two-stage residential, commercial and tourism development that will bring high-quality apartment living to this significant urban renewal site, as well as retail shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to service the new precinct.

 

On completion, Caydon’s Malt District proposal will transform what is a dilapidated and under-used site into an attractive, activated and vibrant destination for locals and tourists alike to visit and enjoy.

 

Further information on the proposal is available for download here.

Torres Strait Regional Economic Investment Strategy, 2015-2018

Torres Strait Regional Authority

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) to prepare a Regional Economic Investment Strategy.

 

The strategy identifies sustainable industries and opportunities for commercially-viable enterprise development for Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal people living in the region.

 

The Regional Economic Investment Strategy identifies those industries which provide the greatest opportunities to establish and grow commercially-viable businesses in the Torres Strait. It informs the TSRA’s enterprise assistance programs, to deliver a strategically-targeted mix of support to projects that demonstrate a capacity for business development in the region.

 

The strategy provides a ‘blueprint’ for the TSRA, other agencies, industry and the communities, to guide the future economic development of the Torres Strait, and contribute to the delivery of the objectives of the Torres Strait Development Plan 2014-2018.

Workforce Planning Framework for Brunei Darussalam

Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by the Government of Brunei Darussalam to prepare a workforce planning framework for the Sultanate.

 

The report makes recommendations for the establishment of a tailored governance framework that will deliver an effective system of workforce planning to address unemployment and Brunei's immediate workforce requirements.

 

It also addresses the longer-term economic development ambitions of Brunei. In so doing, the plan offers a strategic response to Brunei’s national economic development policy objective for a more diverse and robust globally-oriented knowledge economy.

 

The planning framework is informed by an analysis of the current and future skills needs of industry using employment forecasting techniques. To this end, SC Lennon & Associates collaborated with Remplan to provide an understanding of the structure of Brunei's economy in 2015, a forecast to 2020 and an articulation of what the economy would need to look like in 2035 if Brunei's national economic development policy objectives are to be achieved.

 

The plan gives effect to Brunei's national economic development strategy, anticipating the future workforce needs of industry and recommending actions to ensure Brunei's supply of human capital can satisfy the workforce requirements of a diversity of industries now and in future.

Unleashing Our Opportunities:
Armidale Region Economic Development Strategy, 2017-2025

Armidale Regional Council

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by the newly-merged Armidale Regional Council to prepare the Armidale Region Economic Development Strategy.

 

Unleashing Our Opportunities: Armidale Region Economic Development Strategy, 2017-2025 is a blueprint for enhancing the vibrancy and sustainability of the Armidale Region’s economy and its influence on the liveability of the local government area as a whole.

 

Aspirational, informed and action-oriented, Unleashing Our Opportunities addresses challenges and opportunities for economic development in the context of Armidale Regional Council’s broader program of strategic objectives as documented in its Corporate Plan and the aspirations of the community as articulated in Council's Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027.

Regional in scope and global in its outlook, the Armidale Region Economic Development Strategy aligns with the economic development objectives of Regional Development Australia’s Northern Inland NSW Regional Plan 2016-2019, the NSW Government’s Jobs for the Future Strategy and the New England North West Regional Plan 2036.

Investment Prospectus Web Content

Brisbane Marketing

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by Brisbane Marketing to research and prepare written content for its new 'Invest Brisbane' web site.

 

The latest information and data was researched, reviewed and re-focussed to ensure Brisbane Marketing’s key messages are effectively delivered to target audiences, namely prospective investors.

 

Different messages were delivered for different industry sectors including:

 

  • Energy and resources;

  • Food and agribusiness;

  • Innovation and technology;

  • Logistics and manufacturing; and

  • Tourism.

 

Brisbane's flagship business precincts were also profiled and key information presented for prospective investors.

 

The content prepared by SC Lennon & Associates on Brisbane's key industry sectors and its business precincts is available at http://www.choosebrisbane.com.au/invest

Creative Industries Scoping Study and Strategic Directions

City of Albany

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by the City of Albany in Western Australia to prepare a creative industries scoping study.

 

A report was prepared which documented the findings of tailored research, targeted consultation and data analysis for the City of Albany and the Great Southern Region in profiling the creative industries. Based on the study findings, recommendations were made to the City of Albany to facilitate and grow the City’s (and region’s) creative economy.

 

The study findings and recommendations were presented at the inaugural Great Southern Future Forum, which was held at The Albany Entertainment Centre in April 2015. The presentation is available here.

 

 

Northern Rivers Regional Plan, 2013-2016

Regional Development Australia-Northern Rivers

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by RDA-Northern Rivers to prepare an update of its Regional Plan.

 

The Northern Rivers Regional Plan 2013-2016 articulates and re-affirms the community’s vision and regional development priorities to inform social, cultural, environmental and economic strategies for the Northern Rivers Region.

 

The Plan addresses the key determinants of long-term regional economic growth as identified by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Regional Australia Standing Council, being: comparative advantage and business competitiveness; access to international, national and regional markets; human capital; and sustainable communities and population change.

 

A total of 27 actions respond to the issues, grouped into the following ‘Regional Priorities’:

 

  1. connected communities

  2. a learning region

  3. natural infrastructure

  4. sustainable industry

  5. inclusive communities

  6. regional identity

  7. a collaborative region

 

 Download the Regional Plan

City of Port Phillip Council Economic Development Directions

City of Port Phillip Council

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by City of Port Phillip Council in Melbourne to prepare the City of Port Phillip Economic Development Directions Paper.

 

The Directions Paper informs a planning framework for City of Port Phillip (CoPP) Council to facilitate and promote economic development in the context of Council’s broader program of work and strategic objectives.

 

It is a critical piece of work guiding a whole-of-Council approach to economic development that is strategic, informed and targeted in nature.

 

The City of Port Phillip Economic Development Directions Report presents recommendations for CoPP Council to progress an organisation-wide approach that is aspirational, innovative and engaging while providing a practical overarching framework for action.

Roxby Downs Economic Growth & Investment Strategy

Roxby Council, RDA Far North and The Outback Communities Authority

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by Roxby Council, the Outback Communities Authority (OCA) and RDA Far North South Australia to prepare a Regional Economic Growth and Investment Strategy for the Roxby Downs Region. The Strategy addresses the region’s economic development challenges with a focus on providing opportunities for investment to support sustainable growth.

 

The Economic Growth and Investment Strategy provides the framework and directions for economic development, with the focus being on 17 actions across three strategic activity areas being:

  1. Support Development of Roxby Downs as a Sustainable Community;

  2. Support Growth and Development of Mining; and

  3. Support the Development of the Roxby Downs Region's Visitor Economy.

 

By taking an informed, strategic and targeted approach to the identification of opportunities and priorities for economic development, the Roxby Downs Economic Growth and Investment Strategy informs the short-term work planning of RDA Far North, the OCA and Roxby Council as well as longer-term opportunities for economic development which need to be planned for now.

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Caloundra Centre Master Plan - Economic Development Strategy

Sunshine Coast Council

 

SC Lennon & Associates was part of a team commissioned by Sunshine Coast Council to prepare the Caloundra Centre Master Plan.

 

In contributing to the Master Plan, SC Lennon & Associates provided critical economic development planning advice. This included collating and synthesising a wealth of existing socio-economic data and information on Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast Region’s traditional and emerging industry sectors and value-adding to this with new analysis.

 

Also critical to the Master Plan’s development was targeted consultation and facilitated workshops with the local business community / traders and Council stakeholders. To download the Master Plan, click here.

 

Review of Community Economic Development Program, Torres Strait

Torres Strait Regional Authority

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) to review the impact of Australian Government Economic Development Grant funding on business opportunities and employment creation in the Torres Strait Region.

 

The assessment also considered impacts on increases in training for targeted business opportunities within each Torres Strait community.

 

The review identified findings, recommendations and strategies for targeted and strategic delivery of funding and other means of support for regional economic development. This included recommendations to incentivise and support potential viable and sustainable businesses for Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal people living in the region.

Gold Coast City Investment Promotion Workshop

Gold Coast City Council

 

SC Lennon & Associates and GDP Global delivered a one-day interactive investment promotion training workshop to Economic Development Officers and Managers of Gold Coast City Council's Economic Development and Major Projects Directorate.

 

The workshop delivered insights into international economic promotion, with a focus on Gold Coast City's strategic competitive advantages, its unique selling proposition (USP), investment attraction, best-practices, the competitive environment for foreign direct investment, and best approaches to organisational issues of effective investment promotion.

 

Shipwreck Coast Master Plan

Tourism Victoria and Parks Victoria

 

Roger Gibbins was a key member of the McGregor Coxall team commissioned to prepare a master plan for the Shipwreck Coast, one of Australia's 'national landscapes' encompassing a 28 kilometre stretch of Port Campbell National Park and the Bay of Islands Coastal Park on Victoria's western coast.

 

As part of his work exploring economic development opportunities along the iconic Great Ocean Road, Roger compiled data on tourism performance and advised on product positioning.

 

He also developed the design brief for the architects to help inform options for the development of ‘eco-lodges’ in strategic (albeit environmentally-sensitive) locations along the Shipwreck Coast.

 

Brisbane Regional Profile 2013

Regional Development Australia-Brisbane

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by RDA Brisbane to prepare a profile of the Brisbane region. The regional profile forms part of RDA Brisbane’s new three-year Regional Roadmap, 2013-2016.

 

The Roadmap is a long-term regional planning instrument which reflects RDA Brisbane’s six goals for Brisbane and identifies priorities and actions for RDA Brisbane to take forward for implementation.

 

The data presented in the regional profile is presented under the four headings of: (1) human capital; (2) sustainable communities and population change; (3) access to international, national and regional markets; and (4) comparative advantage and business competitiveness. Download the report.

Gladstone Community Hub Financial and Economic Analysis

Gladstone Regional Council

 

SC Lennon & Associates provided a financial analysis and a cost-benefit analysis of options for developing a community hub in Gladstone in Central Queensland.

 

The planned community hub would provide integrated community services, taking advantage of the development potential of a Council-owned site.

 

The financial and economic analysis involved estimates of social external benefits, resource efficiencies and travel costs savings. The findings of the analysis were used to support a Council application for government funding for the development of the proposed integrated community hub.

 

Bundaberg CBD Streetscape Revitalisation Strategy

Bundaberg Regional Council

 

SC Lennon & Associates provided economic development input to a streetscape revitalisation plan for the Bundaberg CBD.

 

To help inform the vision and the creation of a concept plan for the Bundaberg CBD streetscape revitalisation, an assessment was made following the findings of research, consultation and analysis regarding challenges and opportunities for economic revitalisation as these relate to the CBD’s built environment.

 

Recommendations were made with respect to economic development and land use planning strategies that Bundaberg Regional Council could pursue to achieve desired precinct outcomes in line with expectations for the area.

 

 

Boroondara Economic Development & Tourism Strategy, 2016-2019

City of Boroondara Council

 

A team comprising SC Lennon & Associates and HillPDA was commissioned by the City of Boroondara Council in Melbourne's Eastern Region to prepare the City of Boroondara Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.

 

The strategy identifies areas of growth, change and opportunity to provide an ‘economic blueprint’ for the Boroondara municipality for the next five years.

 

Specifically, the strategy:

 

  • Identifies potential barriers to investment and economic development in the City of Boroondara, and the solutions to overcome these;

 

  • Identifies potential opportunities to increase the level of investment in the City of Boroondara; and

 

  • Provides the vision, framework and directions for Council to facilitate change towards a prosperous future for the City of Boroondara.

 

The Economic Development and Tourism Strategy was prepared in the context of the role of economic development promotion and facilitation in the Council’s broader program of work and strategic objectives.

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Flinders Ranges Economic Growth and Investment Strategy

The Flinders Ranges Council and RDA Far North South Australia

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by Regional Development Australia Far North SA and The Flinders Ranges Council to prepare an Economic Growth and Investment Strategy.

 

The Strategy addresses the Flinders Ranges Region’s economic development challenges and prospects with a focus on providing opportunities for investment to support sustainable growth. A particular focus of the strategy was on opportunities to develop the region’s tourism industry.

 

It includes a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the region’s economic stocks and flows - both in and out of the region - identifying the Flinders Ranges Region’s connections and interrelationships with the broader South Australian economy.

With a focus on tourism, the Strategy provides the evidence base to support the Flinders Ranges Region’s engagement with both State and Federal Governments on matters of significance which require further attention.

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Scenic Rim Regional Profile and Scoping Paper 2013

Scenic Rim Regional Council

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by Scenic Rim Regional Council to prepare a comprehensive socio-demographic and economic profile of the Scenic Rim Regional Council area and its constituent communities including Beaudesert, Boonah and Mount Tamborine.

 

Smaller communities of interest were also identified and profiled and population forecasts were produced according to low, medium and high-growth scenarios. The regional  profile informed Council's Regional Planning Policy.

Creative Industries Analysis, Western Australia

WA Department of Culture and the Arts

 

SC Lennon & Associates collaborated with the Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to prepare an analysis of industry and employment structure and trends in Western Australia's creative industries segments.  

 

The report, which uses the UK's National Endowment for Education, Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) method for defining and measuring the creative industries, was commissioned by the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts.

 

The report provides an updated analytical overview of the Perth creative industries and similarly structured data for the whole of Western Australia. Comparisons are made, where relevant, with other States and Territories and selected capital cities. 

 

The data helps inform a renewed approach to Western Australia’s creative industries policies and strategies.

 

Download the report       Download the fact sheet

 

Scenic Rim Region Agricultural Profile

Scenic Rim Regional Council

 

SC Lennon & Associates was commissioned by Scenic Rim Regional Council in South East Queensland to prepare a comprehensive profile of the region’s agricultural sector.

 

The analysis focussed on selected economic indicators to assist in analysing the size and contribution of the Scenic Rim’s agricultural industry, its industry sub-sectors and the Scenic Rim's constituent localities and sub-regions.

 

The Scenic Rim Region agricultural industry profile informed Council's economic development program.