Keston Technologies Services

Feasibility studies

 

Feasibility Study for the Gnowangerup Community and Training Centre (2017)

Keston Technologies is working n a feasibility study for the Gnowangerup Community & Training Centre (GCTC). It is intended that the GCTC will provide training and employment opportunities, cultural connection and exchange, and life-skills programs with a focus on engaging Indigenous people from within the Great Southern region. 

 

Development of a Scoping Study for the current state of the Great Southern Music Sector (2016)

Working on behalf of the City of Albany and the Great Southern Development Commission, Keston Technologies has completed an analysis and scoping study of the Great Southern music sector. The creative sector has the potential to bring significant economic advantages as well as to augment the viability of other industries in the Great Southern by adding value to the primary production chain, providing experiences and products to the tourism sector, contributing to the diversity of education options, embedding the knowledge economy in natural resource management, and enriching retail products. In addition, research is showing that the creative sector provides flow-on advantages above the average for all industries, generating employment and economic multipliers which benefit the economy as a whole.

 

The study includes detailed literature review, extensive consultations and recommendations that will assist in understanding the current health of the sector, its cultural and economic impact to the region, key challenges, limitations, opportunities and potential areas for growth and development. Predominantly the study considers:

  • Commercial and live music - including performance venues and licencing, recording and rehearsing venues and touring (importing and exporting).
  • Amateur and community music - including organisations and groups and community involvement.
  • Education - including primary and secondary schools, Great Southern TAFE as well as schools’ engagement with the tertiary and professional music sector, including schools’ music touring activities.

 

Scoping Study for the Anzac Departure of the Convoys event for the City of Albany (2012)

Keston Technologies recently completed a scoping study for the City of Albany to understand the capacity gaps, benefits and risks associated with hosting the Anzac Departure of the Convoys event in 2012. Specifically, the scope of works included:

  • Research into the experience from similarly sized events in other regional areas of Australia or elsewhere in order to provide an overall validation of the envelope of issues and associated costs to be expected.
  • Development of an overall taxonomy of issues/components to be expected to arise from the event, through a number of activities:
    • Discussions with organisations such as Venues West, Tourism WA etc.
    • Brainstorming with City of Albany staff and/or other stakeholders.
    • Further research and discussions with organisations with relevant experience.
  • Identification of the ‘capacity gaps’ in the City of Albany relating to the issues/components identified.
  • Options for addressing the ‘capacity gaps’, including innovative models of service delivery through research and case study analysis.
  • Quantification of the costs for the options identified for addressing the ‘capacity gaps’. Modelling of these costs as a function of anticipated attendance and development of concise methods for communicating and representing these costs.
  • Identification of potential strategies for the City of Albany to secure long-term outcomes, such as permanent infrastructure, rather than temporary fixes.

 

Albany Waterfront Cultural, Heritage & Tourism Precinct: Stage 1 – Pre-Master Plan Brief

Keston Technologies has recently completed a project to develop an Albany Waterfront Cultural, Heritage & Tourism Precinct, Stage 1 – Pre-Master Plan Brief. The scope of the project was to explore the future development potential of the cultural, heritage and tourism assets situated within the Albany waterfront precinct. At present, the defined area of interest includes the Brig Amity replica, Western Australian Museum building and exhibitions and surrounding grounds, Mouchemore Cottage and the Old Gaol and surrounds. The development potential of this precinct is being considered in the context of the broader Albany waterfront (including ANZAC Peace Park, Albany Entertainment Centre, and marina) and how this should integrate and connect with the City’s commercial centre of York Street. The project partners are the City of Albany, Western Australian Museum and Great Southern Development Commission. The overall objective was to prepare a Stage 1 – Pre-Master Plan Report, with key outcomes of in-principle agreement between identified project partners on future development options that can be further explored and developed in Stage 2 – Business Modelling and Detailed Master Plan, and a concise summary of issues and options considered.

 

Feasibility Study for a Boutique Malting Plant in the Great Southern (2010)

On behalf of the GSDC, a Feasibility Study was undertaken on the potential for establishing a boutique malting facility in the Great Southern. The driver behind the commissioning of the study by the GSDC was the perception that there could be an attractive market for speciality malts within the growing boutique brewery and distillery sector in WA and Australia-wide, coupled with the fact that barley production in WA has shown a substantial increase and is now the State’s second most important grain crop. It was intended that the Feasibility Study would be made available to qualified private sector investors with the aim of helping them to assess the opportunity for a new industry development project in the Great Southern.

Primary research was undertaken by means of stakeholder consultations and a brief market survey among boutique breweries and distilleries in Australia. Discussions, face to face, by ‘phone and by e-mail, were held with 20 stakeholders, ranging from potential customers and suppliers to agronomists and manufacturers of plant and equipment. A brief market survey was sent to 123 boutique breweries and distilleries across Australia and a surprisingly high response rate of 38% was achieved, indicating that this sector is open to innovation and new ideas. Financial analyses were undertaken based on realistic input costs and malt sales prices. Ultimately, the outcome of the feasibility study was to conclude that such a project would not be feasible. The very high capital costs, low volume throughput and an insufficient price per tonne of malt to defray fixed cost structures render the development of a boutique malt plant in the Great Southern region, of between 80 and 1,000 tonnes, unviable.

 

Feasibility Study for a Multi-use Equine Facility

On behalf of the Southern Horse Council (SHC), Keston Technologies undertook a pre-feasibility study of the potential for a multi-use regional equine facility in the Great Southern region. The study was commissioned with the following objectives:

  • To determine through a consultative process with all key stakeholders, industry, recreational and government, whether there is sufficient support by key stakeholders for a multi-use regional equine facility/precinct in the Great Southern region and under what conditions this support is granted.
  • To identify successful equine facilities (or elements of) in similar environments elsewhere in Australia (and overseas if relevant) and determine the operational, financial and management models under which they operate, and assess their success.
  • Assuming a positive result from the activities of the consultative process, to make recommendations to the SHC Working Group as to the way forward for a multi-use regional equine facility to eventuate in the Great Southern region.

The study was conducted through consultation, by interview and survey, of equine organisations and local and state government bodies together with background research into similar facilities elsewhere in Australia. A total of 15 stakeholder interviews were conducted, using a semi-structured interview questionnaire. The survey questionnaire was sent to 112 equine-related organisations and other stakeholders throughout the Great Southern region.

The results of the consultation were analysed in-depth and a number of strategic options identified, together with critical success factors, that respond to the various stakeholder values and aspirations.

 

Needs Analysis and Feasibility Study for a new sports pavilion for the Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup

The Shire is planning a redevelopment of the Tambellup Sports Pavilion to open it up to a greater range of community sports and participation. The plans are to consider further co-location of sports activities in Tambellup, for example in association with the existing Bowling Club. As part of the process, the Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup required feasibility and business planning to be undertaken to support proposals that will be submitted to various funding organizations, including to the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), under the CSRFF scheme, and to WA State funding bodies.

 

Needs Assessment, Feasibility Study and Business Case for North Albany Football Club (2010)

Keston Technologies recently completed a Needs Assessment, Feasibility Study and Business Case for the North Albany Football Club (NAFC) to support proposals for funding for various developments, including from the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR), under the CSRFF scheme, and other WA State funding bodies. The Feasibility Study examined various options for extending and refurbishing the NAFC facilities at Collingwood Park in order to address current capacity constraints and to open the ground and facilities to a greater range of community sports and participation. The Feasibility Study followed a logical process: a Needs Assessment – identifying the needs of the existing users and the wider community, an Options Analysis – assessing the various options that respond to the identified priority needs, and Financial Analyses – assessing the outline financial viability of the preferred option(s) and the associated socio-economic benefits.

The Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study were successful in helping NAFC to secure funding for some of their initial developments, with further funding raising activities also currently underway, with support from Keston Technologies.

 

Development of a Scoping Study for the current state of the Great Southern Music Sector (2016)

Working on behalf of the City of Albany and the Great Southern Development Commission, Keston Technologies has completed an analysis and scoping study of the Great Southern music sector. The creative sector has the potential to bring significant economic advantages as well as to augment the viability of other industries in the Great Southern by adding value to the primary production chain, providing experiences and products to the tourism sector, contributing to the diversity of education options, embedding the knowledge economy in natural resource management, and enriching retail products. In addition, research is showing that the creative sector provides flow-on advantages above the average for all industries, generating employment and economic multipliers which benefit the economy as a whole.

 

The study includes detailed literature review, extensive consultations and recommendations that will assist in understanding the current health of the sector, its cultural and economic impact to the region, key challenges, limitations, opportunities and potential areas for growth and development. Predominantly the study considers:

·       Commercial and live music - including performance venues and licencing, recording and rehearsing venues and touring (importing and exporting).

·       Amateur and community music - including organisations and groups and community involvement.

·       Education - including primary and secondary schools, Great Southern TAFE as well as schools’ engagement with the tertiary and professional music sector, including schools’ music touring activities.