Christmas Closure

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Merry Christmas from all the Team at WRI.
Our office will be closed from midday on Thursday 24th December 2015. We'll be open again in the New Year on Monday 4th January 2016.

Its going to be an exciting year with lots of changes and new challenges ahead, we look forward to sharing it with all our friends and clients!


SEGRA Regions Survey


October this year saw WRI proudly support the SERGA 2015 conference as a Silver Sponsor. This conference gave us the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of groups from industry, local government, health, education, tourism and agricultural/sustainability sectors nationally.

In addition to this networking opportunity, WRI utilised our regional expo space to connect with various attendees and survey them on the challenges, issues and opportunities that they saw in their regions. As well as asking them to identify what they perceive is holding their region back, WRI also asked delegates to consider what the one major development they would like to get off the ground in these regions might be. These questions identified some commonalties in the challenges to growth in regional centres as well as some innovative and exciting ideas about developments that could spur future growth.

To view a detailed copy of the results from our survey click this link


Association of Mining Related Councils media release

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The Association of Mining Related Councils Annual General Meeting was hosted by Cabonne Shire Council in central west NSW on Friday, with the leadership team re-elected unopposed. Association Chair, Mayor of Warrumbungle Shire Council, Cr Peter Shinton reflected on a highly productive year, which featured a presentation by Western Research Institute CEO Danielle Ranshaw in February 2015,outlining what her report “Economic, social & community impacts of Newcrest Mining Limited, Cadia Valley Operations” entailed, together with the outcomes and conclusions from it. The in-depth study saw the mining operation identify needs and voluntarily make additional investments into the local community.”

To read the full media release follow this link.


2015 WRI presentation at SEGRA Conference


Bathurst 20th to 22nd October 2015

CEO Danielle Ranshaw presented at the SEGRA Conference held in Bathurst during the WRI hosted luncheon on 20th October.

Danielle presented on the ways in which WRI provide research for regions to maximise opportunities for sustainability, growth and future development across regional Australia. Segements of the video presentation can be viewed from the list below:


Building Regional Australia presentations

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Dubbo, 15th & 16th July 2015

CEO Danielle Ranshaw presented at the Building Regional Australia Summit in Dubbo this week.

Danielle presented on two topics during the summit:

Identifying your business clusters & opportunities” discussed how WRI anlysese business clusters and opportunities for industry in large regions.

Economic impact of events and cultural facilities” looked at a number of regional events of various sizes, how their economic impact is measured and how regional events may be supported. The presentation also looked at the economic benefits of cultural facilities in the evocities.


2015 Budget Wrap

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WRI's CEO Danielle Ranshaw has shared her thoughts on the announcements made in the 2015 Federal Budget, particularly on incentives for small business and changes to social policy to try to encourage workforce participation.

Press release - Hope riding on small business

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WRI highlights need for regular mining impact monitoring: Presenation to Association of Mining Related Councils

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Image: Association of Mining Related Councils Blayney Shire Council General Manager Rebecca Ryan and Mayor Scott Ferguson, Western Research Institute CEO Danielle Ranshaw with her Cadia mine impacts report in hand, Association of Mining Related Councils Chair Cr. Peter Shinton, Cabonne Shire Councillor Sharon Wilcox and CEO of the Association Don Tydd.

WRI CEO Danielle Ranshaw recently presented the results of the Cadia Valley Operataions Economic, Social and Community Impacts study to the Association of Mining Related Councils (AMRC). During the presentations Danielle highlighted the need for mining community to undertake regular mining impact monitoring in order to better plan for the ongoing social and economic health of mining communities.

The AMRC continues to appeal to the NSW Government for in-depth mining impact analysis in order to better equip local councils with the best information possible to manage their communitites long term sustainability.

Read the AMRC Press release here.

More information about WRI's Cadia Valley Operations study can be found below.