Keston Technologies Services

Business Case Development

Keston Technologies works with a range of clients to develop business cases for various projects. Recent examples include:


Business Case for the Albany Civil Cultural Precinct project  (2017)

On behalf of the City of Albany, Keston Technologies recently completed a business case, including cost-benefit analysis, for a project to create a state-of-the-art integrated education, cultural and information hub in the CBD. The development will act as the premier facility of its type for the Great Southern attracting and servicing the local community and visitors to the region.

 

Business Case for Middleton Beach Foreshore Development  (2017)

Keston Technologies recenetly completed a comprehensive business case for a project to create regional Western Australia’s most iconic and active beach precinct, offering world-class community, commercial and civic amenity on the pristine South Coast. The scope is to define urban design, place development and landscape management outcomes that will set a strong strategic direction for the Middleton Beach Foreshore Precinct. A key to the success of the plan will be maintaining its unique landscape character and natural assets, whilst enhancing lifestyle, tourism and increased patronage, and attracting private investment for recreational, retail and accommodation economic development projects to complement and work with the key principles and objectives of the Middleton Beach Activity Centre.

 

Business Case for the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan Implementation (2016)

On behalf of the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife, Keston Technologies completed the South West Mountain Bike Master Plan Implementation Business Case. The scope of the work included conducting research and analysis on the contextual background for the South West region, with emphasis on tourism and how this development will enhance the tourism product in the region, and economic modelling through the preparation of a Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for the proposed project.

 

Business Case for the Margaret River Hub for Entertainment, Arts and Regional Tourism (HEART) (2016)

Keston Technologies finalised the business case for the Margaret River Hub for Entertainment, Arts and Regional Tourism (HEART) project on behalf of the South West Development Commission (SWDC). This is a high priority transformational project involving a major redevelopment of the 33 year old Margaret River Cultural Centre and the adjoining 37 year old Squash Court and basketball facilities. The HEART project will expand and refurbish the aging facilities into a transformed multipurpose conference, meetings, performance, exhibition and events venue aimed at attracting new business tourism events to the region as well as servicing the expanding local population and supporting SuperTown growth objectives. 

 

 

Business Case for New Albany Agricultural Society Buildings and Infrastructure (2016)

On behalf of the Albany Agricultural Society and the City of Albany, Keston Technologies recently completed a successful National Stronger Regions Fund business case and cost-benefit analysis for the construction of three sheds (Pavilion A, Pavilion B, and Pavilion C), carparks, hard stand areas and ablutions.

 

The project involves the redevelopment of the Albany Agricultural Society’s infrastructure located on the Eastern precinct of Centennial Park and leverages state and federal investment in the sports and recreational element of the Centennial Park redevelopment by providing essential events space within the undercover areas. This also enables the annual, and hugely successful, Albany Agricultural Show to continue and provides the capacity to host and attract new and important regional, state and national events. Without adequate space and undercover facilities, the Show would no longer have been viable and subsequently would have been detrimental to the ongoing sustainability of the Albany Agricultural Society. The facilities will also serve the community through utilisation by a large number of community groups on a weekly basis, many of which already make use of the previous facilities (which are being demolished) for their operations.

 

Business Case for Kodja Place Precinct (2016)

On behalf of the Shire of Kojonup, Keston Technologies completed a Royalties for Regions business case to attract funding for the rejuvenation and enrichment of the total visitor experience at Kodja Place and to develop the Kodja Place Precinct as a community hub, cultural centre and strategic asset to the Great Southern and Australia’s South West regions. The Precinct will value add to existing tourism product by developing active links between the Kodja Place, the Apex Park and Potts Memorial, the heritage listed RSL Hall, the Benn Parade Heritage Railway Station and Kojonup Tourist Railway, and the Kojonup main street and commercial district. New facilities will include a museum/heritage display and the relocation and colocation of the library and community resource centre in the Hall, to become part of the precinct. The redevelopment will include refreshing existing attractions such as the Kodja Place centre, and considerations such as access and parking for vehicles and buses, the flow of people from one attraction to another within the precinct (including crossing the Broomehill Road and Albany Highway), establishing a clear entry point to the Kodja Place, and opportunities for new enterprise development, e.g. guided wildflower tours associated with Farrar Reserve, Noongar cultural workshops etc. The proposal is currently being reviewed and considered. Notification of funding success is yet to be received.

 

Business Case for the Development of a Wine Trail Tourism Project in the Great Southern (2015)

On behalf of the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC), Keston Technologies recently completed a Royalties for Regions business case and cost-benefit analysis for the survey, design, supervision, land assembly and sealed construction of approximately 53km of Tindale Road between Muir Highway and South Coast Highway in order to facilitate a wine trail circuit in the Great Southern.

 

Business Case for the Development of a Network of Botanic Gardens in the Great Southern (2015)

On behalf of the Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC), Keston Technologies recently completed a Royalties for Regions business case and cost-benefit analysis for the for a network of Regional Botanic Gardens Project, identified as a potential project for funding under the Southern Investment Initiative (SII). The business case took a robust, evidence-based approach to support a request for Royalties for Regions under the SII. The project will encompass the development of master plans, construction and design and regional marketing for network of regional botanic gardens in the Great Southern. The business case included a robust cost-benefit analysis based on the valuation of a range of benefits that would be projected to accrue from the network of regional botanic gardens.



Needs Assessment, Feasibility Study and Business Case for the Centennial Park Sports and Recreation Precinct in the City of Albany 2011)

Keston Technologies has undertaken an in-depth analysis of the needs and impacts for a sports and recreation precinct in the City of Albany. This study undertook a range of stakeholder and community consultations and analysis (including comparative provision and demographic analysis) in order to establish the rationale for the investment in a multi-sports facility in the precinct. The work culminated in the development of a comprehensive business case for the project and associated cost-benefit analysis. The business case was successful in attracting substantial investment from state and federal funds (notably the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF)).



Business Case and Funding Applications for Regional Sheep Saleyards in Katanning (2011)

Keston Technologies worked with the Shire of Katanning to develop the business case for the re-development of the regional sheep saleyards. The Katanning saleyards is one of two major stock saleyards in Western Australia and the business case looked at the re-development of the yards to create a world-class facility. The project has involved extensive stakeholder and community consultation, together with economic modelling and cost-benefit analyses.

On the basis of the business case developed, the state government has committed funds to the redevelopment of the saleyards and the Shire secured Federal funding under Round One of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).This funding was secured in the face of stiff competition; over 550 applications were submitted but only 35 were awarded funding. The Katanning project was one of only four funded in Western Australia and the only one in the south west and received the sixth highest amount of funding from across Australia.


Business Case for the Albany Tourism and Information Hub (2014)

Keston Technologies developed a comprehensive business case for a project to create an iconic building on Albany’s main street that co-locates the currently poorly located Albany Visitors Centre (AVC) with the existing Albany Public Library. The project aims to facilitate the creation of a state-of-the-art tourist information hub and showcase of regional food and wine to be better able to provide visitors with an enhanced experience during their travels and promote tourism in a region that is otherwise somewhat hindered by the ‘tyranny of distance’.  The business case included a robust cost-benefit analysis. The business case was successful in attracting substantial investment from Regional Development Australia under the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF), Round 1.


Business case and feasibility study for a Regional Entertainment Centre in Katanning (2011/12)

Keston Technologies recently completed a business case and feasibility study for the redevelopment of the Katanning Town Hall into a 380-seat Regional Entertainment Centre (REC). This included extensive consultations and liaison with a number of organisations and agencies. The business case also required economic modelling to understand the impacts on the region economy (cost-benefit analyses), and financial modelling to demonstrate viability. On the basis of the business case, funding has been secured to undertake a phased development of the REC.

 

Business case and feasibility study for the co-location of four not-for-profit organisations in Albany (2011)

The project examined the business case for the co-location of four not-for-profit community-based organisations in Albany. This business case examined case studies of co-location of not-for-profits in Australia and the benefits and potential barriers to doing so. On the basis of this, and stakeholder consultations, the business case examined the options available, including ownership and management models and undertook financial modelling based on the preferred model. The business case has been developed and will form the basis for future grant applications for securing funding towards the construction of a purpose-built shared facility.

Concerns from some organisations with regard to potential negative impacts from co-locations (financial and loss of distinct identity) were overcome through the use of shared workshops at which all organisations could provide input into mutually acceptable ownership, management and financial plans.

 

Development of a feasibility study and business plan for an Early Childhood Hub in Katanning (2012)

Keston Technologies has recently completed a feasibility study and business plan for an Early Childhood Hub in the town of Katanning, WA. This has involved examining the feasibility of building a multi-purpose facility for the co-location of services catering for children 0 to 5 years in the Katanning area. The key stakeholders involved in this potential venture were:

  • Katanning Community Kindergarten,
  • Katanning Playgroup,
  • A Smart Start – Great Southern,
  • Katanning Community Childcare Centre,
  • Katanning Toy Library,
  • WANSLEA and
  • The Child Health Nurse. 

The Feasibility Study was developed through research and consultation and demonstrated the need for an Early Childhood Hub in Katanning.