Play with it - The UQ Boomtown Toolkit provides an introduction to a suite of strategies.  These strategies are for assessing, monitoring, and responding to impacts from rapid change.  The change is due to development of large infrastructure - onshore gas, mining, highway, casino.  The process to set up such a monitoring and response framework can be fairly involved.  You are dealing with a lot of complexity.  Start with this Toolkit, and see how far you can get.  

Consult us - After exploring the Toolkit, contact us for assistance.  We can be engaged as consultants and/or researchers.  Our aim is to generate information and insight on your project or community and add it to a knowledge base.  Your experiences can then help to refine and extend the insights that this toolkit can offer.  That will help other communities facing rapid change.  

What you get - Our expert team offers you insight on town and regional change processes, cases, and mechanisms.  We have learned how to make the key decisions needed to use each Tool in an effective way.  We know the tools for a given challenge - whether a business investment decision or mitigating social impacts.  We will establish an assessment, monitoring, and management framework for you.  You will get to see the login-only sections of the Toolkit.  That enables ongoing monitoring and access to key resources.  Keep up to date on our latest studies.  

Contact us - Send us questions, insights, comments, criticisms, or potential case studies.  

Our Staff

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Will Rifkin

Will Rifkin

Former project leader, Chair in Applied Regional Economics, University of Newcastle; Industry Affiliate, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, The University of Queensland.

w.rifkin@uq.edu.au +61 (0) 401 701 217

Katherine Witt

Project Leader, Research Fellow, Cente for Coal Seam Gas, The University of Queensland.

k.witt@uq.edu.au +61 (0) 418 619 341

About the project

This project is conducted by researchers at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland. Funding for the project was provided through the University of Queensland's Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG), which receives funding from the four major coal seam gas projects in Queensland.

The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining specialises in improving the social performance of the resources sector. We work with industry, government and communities. If you would like to learn more about how the boomtown-toolkit can assist you, and the services offered by our expert researchers, please do not hesitate to contact us using the information above.

The tools reflect the knowledge gained from a pilot study of Cumulative socio-ecnomic impacts of coal seam gas development in the Western Downs Regional Council area of Queensland. The tools will be added to as we continue our research in other regions of Queensland. As experts in cumulative impacts assesment in rural towns and specialising in 'boomtown' research, we are pleased to offer our services to communiy leaders and decision makers who may wish to better prepare themselves in order to harness long term benefits from the opportunities presented, while ensuring community wellbeing in a rapid growth situation.