Martin & Associates Pty Ltd
ABN: 19002768489

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Recent Work

Examples of recent work include:

Social & Economic Planning Expert Witness For NSW Land And Environment Court

  • Douglas Martin has been an expert witness on social planning, community impact and public interest issues in the NSW Land and Environment Court. Recently prepared a social planning report on a proposed neighbourhood prayer centre for people of the Islamic faith at Annangrove, NSW which had been rejected by Baulkham Hills Shire Council. In order to address the issue of a perceived "clash of cultures"
  • a social planning report was prepared involving a social survey of residents within the designated community around Dural and a "control" community and then compared perceptions and attitudes on contemporary issues to the Islamic people from the proposed prayer centre.
  • Other cases include expert social planning advice on proposed brothels, nightclubs and other entertainment venues and other infrastructure such as child care and public housing.

Program Evaluations

  • Department of Corrective Services Evaluation and Development of new State Framework for People with Intellectual Disability in Contact with Criminal Justice System.
  • An evaluation of the Main Street and Small Towns Program was carried out several years ago for the NSW Department of State and Regional Development. This project involved consideration of the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of this program that had been running on a State wide basis since the late 1980's. Focus group sessions with participating local governments were held in seven venues around the State including Milton - Ulladulla, Lithgow, Kempsey, Deniliquin & Leeton.
  • Evaluation of Clinical Services DADHC, Dysphasia Clinic, Westmead Children's Hospital Department of Health.
  • Department of Human Services, Victoria, Evaluation of Components of the Criminal Justice Program.
  • Department of School Education, Metropolitan East Region, Evaluation of Behavioural and Support Needs.
  • Department of Community Services, inner West Area, Evaluation of Programming Services.
  • Department of Community Services, Central West Area, Evaluation of Programming Services.
  • Department of Community Services, Hornsby-Ryde Area, Evaluation of Programming Services.
  • Evaluation of Red Cross Volunteer School Program NSW.
  • Department of Community Services, Inner West Area, Evaluation of Accommodation and Day Placement Services.
  • Evaluation of the Role and Future Management Strategy for Location and Operation of Special School Services for Christian Brothers, St Edmunds School for the Blind, Wahroonga and Christian Brothers, St Gabriel's School for the Deaf, Castle Hill.

Economic Development, Socio-economic and Community Impact Studies

  • Study of Cumulative Impact (SOCEI) for the Province of Bali, Indonesia funded by the World Bank. The Company completed a project of the World Bank in Bali Indonesia. The project studied the cumulative economic effects of tourism and urban development on the economic development of Bali. This plan proposed a range of implementation strategies which included identification of viable industry sector economic development options, the inclusion of private sector participation and a financial strategy which would enable all components to be fully funded from within the program. The Study included a year long community participation program with a stakeholder steering Committee, sectoral task groups with focused group discussion, group workshops, sample surveys, brochures, study newsletter and web-site.
  • The Company was retained by the World Bank to develop a participatory mechanism for public and private participation in the implementation of a Coastal Biodiversity Management Project in northern Mozambique utilising a private sector eco-tourism proposal (eg. London Zoological Society as sponsor) to co-manage biodiversity protection with local indigenous people. The project was funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF).
  • For Snowy River Shire Council he completed the preparation of an Affordable Housing Plan for the township of Jindabyne, NSW which had significant housing and social problems due to the seasonal impacts of ski tourism and current proposals for the Kosciusko National Park. Private Sector Participation was a was a key objective for implementation of the plan and supplemented with an environmental user charge initiative on all National Park visitors to create the initial capital fund.
  • For Hornsby Shire Council - a marketing feasibility study of the Proposed Greenwaste Composting Project which was within the Hornsby Area of Northern Sydney.
  • Social Impact Assessment and community Infrastructure study for the Black Range Minerals Ltd Nickel and Cobalt extraction plant at Syerston, near Parkes NSW. 1999-2000.
  • Preparation of a Social Impact Analysis And Community Infrastructure Assessment of the Cadia-Ridgeway Gold Mine Near Orange NSW.
  • For Placer Pacific Management on the socio-economic study of the proposed Mt Rawdon Gold Project near the Bundaberg Queensland. This work has estimated commuter mining options and the population and the social and employment impacts of the mine on the small neighbouring community of Mt Perry.