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SOCIAL IMPACTS ASSESSMENT

Our approach

All change has consequences for people, which may be positive, negative or a combination of both. The role of a social impacts assessment is to identify what those impacts are likely to be, who will be affected and what can be done to prevent or mitigate potential negative impacts and support potential positive impacts.

Social impacts are given consideration in determinations by government agencies including local government Councils, the Land & Environment Court, Liquor & Gaming NSW and Federal Magistrates Court.

To be useful, social impacts opinions must have a clear evidence base.

Appropriate methods vary, depending on the scale of the initiative and the range of individuals or communities likely to be affected by it. Some authorities have defined social impacts assessment requirements in general; others may define them for specific instances. Components usually include:

  • ✧ site inspection
  • ✧ stakeholder consultations, which may be conducted through a public meeting, small group discussions and/or individual interviews
  • ✧ database search and analysis (eg crime statistics, liquor licence data)
  • ✧ review of relevant research literature and government policy documents
  • ✧ Government Information Public Access (GIPA) applications when needed.

Dr Rigmor Berg has an Associate Professional Certificate in Expert Evidence and has provided social impacts assessment for government, community and private sector clients, as well as social impacts expert evidence in the Land & Environment Court.

SOCIAL IMPACTS ASSESSMENT

Past work

  • Gosford City Council/PJ Donnellan & Co: Social Impact Assessment re redevelopment of Tingari Residential Park for Land & Environment Court (LEC GCC ats Baker)
  • Gosford City Council/PJ Donnellan & Co: Social Impact Assessment re Erina Gardens and Karalta Court Residential Parks (LEC GCC ats Craig)
  • Gosford City Council/PJ Donnellan & Co: Social impact opinion regarding proposed redevelopment of land at Mt White
  • NSW Tenants Union: Social impacts evidence concerning eviction of elderly long-term tenants in relation to the proposed Badgerys Creek airport
  • Hornsby Council/Storey & Gough: Social impact expert evidence for Land and Environment Court Proceeding No 10030 of 2006 (proposed childcare centre)
  • The Stevens Group: Social Impact Statement concerning the redevelopment of Melaleuca Caravan park at Port Macquarie
  • Poonsup/Storey & Gough: Social impacts of a proposed brothel in Gordon
  • The Cellar Group/Gwynne Thompson: Community Impacts of proposed Dan Murphy’s in Byron Bay
  • Entasil: Social Impacts Statement concerning proposed bottle shop in Rozelle
  • Cameron & Myers/Gwynne Thompson: Review of literature addressing potential social impacts of proposed Killarney Vale bottle shop on the Central Coast of NSW
  • Cameron & Myers: Social Impact Assessment of Proposed Corea Bay Village Residential Park at South Woy Woy
  • Longhill Planning/ Cameron & Myers: Social impact survey and expert evidence for Land and Environment Court case 975/2004 - Tommy Doran’s Irish Pub, Wallarah Rd, Kanwal
  • Longhill Planning/Hawkins Consortium: Social impacts assessment of a proposed vertical village and seniors living complex at Umina Beach
  • Longhill Planning/QCare Australia P/L: Social impacts assessment of a proposed integrated seniors housing and aged care facility at Empire Bay
  • Phillip Brand/ Cameron & Myers: Social Impact study and expert evidence for Liquor Administration Board related to Union Hotel Gosford
  • De Cue Pty Ltd /Comino Prassas: Social impact expert evidence for Land and Environment Court class 4 proceedings No 40301 of 2006
  • SJH Planning/Glynatsis: Social impacts assessment re Bella Café and Small Bar in Terrigal (Central Coast Council DA: 52739/2017
  • Gwynne Thompson: Community Impacts Assessment concerning proposed IGA bottle shop in Marulan
  • Nexus Environmental Planning Pty Ltd / PRJM Pty Ltd: Social Impacts Assessment concerning proposed residential park development in Glossodia
  • Gwynne Thompson: Community Impacts Assessment concerning proposed hotel in Homebush West
  • EDH Group / Shopbox P/L: Social Impacts Assessment concerning proposed rezoning and development of land at Lake Munmorah
  • EDH Group/ Platinum Restaurant group / Metbuilt: Social Impacts Assessment concerning proposed redevelopment of Wyoming Caravan Park into affordable housing units.
  • RCI Group: Social Impacts Assessment concerning proposed subdivision of the Melaleuca Caravan Park in Port Macquarie and construction of a petrol station and a fast food restaurant.
  • Gwynne Thompson: Community Impacts Statement concerning proposed bottle shop within the Lakeside Shopping Centre at The Entrance.

CONTACT


Phone: 0403 779 748

Email: Dr Rigmor Berg