Communication and Community Engagement

FRTOA networking 1We provide community engagement, consultation, extension, facilitation, training, capacity building and social research services. We will work collaboratively with you to design a project to best suit your needs. Examples of community engagement activities that Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson (Emu Consulting Director) has developed and managed include: a Flinders Ranges tourism workshop, drought public information meetings, a fox and rabbit control educational workshop, Ecology for Kids Days, grant writing workshops, environmental management project design workshops, Heritage Agreement workshops, rural field day exhibitions and agricultural extension and education workshops. Dawn has also provided facilitation support at State and regional Natural Resources Management community engagement meetings.

Case Study 1 – Andamooka Town Management Project

2008 CommiteeEmu Consulting worked collaboratively with the Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association (APOMA) to lobby for a Town Manager. Andamooka is not governed by a Local Council and at the time that our services were requested the town was dependent on a local volunteer committee to manage matters such as road maintenance, the public dump, water access etc. To assist them, we held a facilitation session with the APOMA committee, met with various government officials to discuss the need for a Town Manager and developed a report for the committee and presented it to State Government Ministers and Executive Managers. The State Government subsequently agreed to provide funding for the services of a Town Manager who was then employed to assist the community.

To talk to us about your community engagement needs please contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson today on 0481 098 045 or email : dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case Study 2 – School Survey Study

Emu Consulting worked collaboratively with Flinders University and the Northern Advanced Manufacturing Industry Group (NAMIG) to assess a vocational training program in schools in the northern suburbs. For this project we developed a survey and presented it to students and teachers at participating schools. We then interviewed students in focus group sessions, analysed the results and developed a report which we provided to NAMIG. The report was presented to the Federal Government as part of the NAMIG/Federal Government funding agreement. The NAMIG website can be viewed at: www.concept2creation.com.au.

We welcome the opportunity to assist you with your community engagement needs and invite you to contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson today on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case Study 3 – Rural Community Engagement Database Project

On behalf of the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board (The Board), Emu Consulting project managed the updating of a Community Engagement database, which the Board uses to inform its rural community and other stakeholders about projects, activities and special events. For this project we clarified the contact details for existing contacts, undertook a gap analysis to determine which organisations were missing from the database and then contacted potential contacts and invited them to be included in the database. New contacts were added and the updated database was provided to The Board. To view the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board go to: www.nynrm.sa.gov.au.

Emu Consulting can assist you with your community engagement projects and we invite you to contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson today on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case study 4 – Outback SA Community Meetings

On behalf of Emu Consulting, Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson, in collaboration with Peter Allen, Chairperson – Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association visited a number of Outback communities to discuss Outback issues, challenges and opportunities. During the trip they met with community representatives at Copley, Oodnadatta and Marla. Emu Consulting collated feedback obtained from the meetings and developed a report which summarised participants concerns and opportunities. Recommendations were also included. The report was delivered to meeting participants for consideration and action. Emu consulting is committed to assisting communities to address their local challenges and needs.

To discuss how we can help you please contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson today on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case study 5 – Country Art Exhibition

Alan_Hay Shed - Wirrabara_small2Emu Consulting was contacted by the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board (The Board) with a request to organise an art exhibition to help create awareness about the importance of sustainably managing natural resources within their region. To ensure that the required representative themes were captured in the art works, we visited a number of artists to view their works and discuss the project. Artists were then invited to exhibit, attend the exhibition to share their stories and sell their works directly to the public. Each of the artists were profiled in a personal biography and catalogue. The exhibition was very successful and visitors to the exhibition reported very positive feedback. The above image shows an exhibition piece by Alan Behenna, a Flinders Ranges artist.

Emu Consulting can assist you with your community engagement projects and we invite you to contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson today on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case study 6 – Flinders Ranges Tourism Operators Workshop

FRTOA3The Flinders Ranges Tourism Operators Association (FRTOA) commissioned Emu Consulting to work collaboratively with them to develop and deliver a workshop to progress their Mountains of Memory Strategy. This strategy is being used as a tool to develop and enhance tourism opportunities throughout the Flinders Ranges. It is based on values that are important to the communities and tourists that visit the region. The workshop enabled FRTOA members to share information about what has been achieved since the document was first developed in 2008 and to progress the next stage of the strategy. To learn more about FRTOA please visit: http://www.frtoa.com.au/.

Emu Consulting can facilitate your next workshop. For a no obligation quote please contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson today on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case study 7 – Collaboration in Practice and Working with Diversity Training Workshops

MT_GAMBIER_OLD_GAOL_website_imageHousing SA has contracted Emu Consulting to deliver “Collaboration in Practice” and “Working with Diversity” training at Adelaide, Port Augusta, Mt Gambier and Ceduna, to front line community service employees. Participants include representatives from suburban and rurally located Not For Profit organisations and a State Government department. The workshops include an introduction to collaborative practice and diversity considerations, tools to use to achieve successful project outcomes, workshop activities and discussions focusing on agency and cross agency practices. Participants also grasp the opportunity to network and share experiences and knowledge. Emu Consulting can tailor a training course to meet your needs.

For further information please contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson today on 0481 098 045 or at:  dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case study 8 – Pygmy Blue Tongue Lizard Recovery Project

Pygmy_bluetongue_plainThe recently rediscovered Pygmy Blue Tongue (PBT) lizard is receiving some much needed conservation protection thanks to an Australian Research Council grant and support from Flinders University, the SA Museum, Nature Foundation SA, South Australian government agencies and local community not-for-profit organisations. To assist with the recovery and ongoing protection of this species, Emu Consulting has been contracted to deliver community liaison support. We are working with Professor Mike Bull at Flinders University, the PBT Recovery Team and PBT Conservation Association Committee to enhance community engagement and governance processes to ensure the long term sustainability of this species. To learn more about the Pygmy Bluetongue please visit: http://visitburra.com/our-town-burra/pygmy-bluetongue-lizard.

Emu Consulting can also help you to meet your project needs.For further information please contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case study 9 – Employer Awareness Training Course

On behalf of Regional Development Australia Far North, Emu Consulting developed and delivered an Employer Awareness Training Course, to community members at Port Augusta, Roxby Downs and Coober Pedy. The course covered topics including:

  • Attracting and keeping staff
  • Apprentice and Trainee requirements
  • Employer obligations
  • Leadership and communication
  • Management matters
  • Recruitment needs, costs and planning requirements
  • University student placement opportunities

Workshops were also held to share knowledge and capture information relating to management and community skills and training needs. Information captured is being used to plan further business training opportunities in each of the communities. To read a media article about this training please click on: http://roxbysun.realviewtechnologies.com/?startpage=8&iid=60916.

Emu Consulting can tailor a training course to meet your needs. For further information please contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson today on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case study 10 – Lake Bonney SE Environmental Values Project

In 2012, Emu Consulting was contracted to facilitate a public consultation meeting at Mt Gambier, South Australia for the Environment Protection Authority (EPA). The aim of this meeting was to: 1) Share information about the management of Lake Bonney in the South East of South Australia 2) Obtain feedback about the values that the local community attribute to the lake 3) Understand the environmental, cultural and social importance of the lake to the local community. To further assist the EPA, we also developed and presented them with a report outlining the feedback from the meeting. The EPA has included this report as an appendix in their final report which can be viewed at: http://www.epa.sa.gov.au/xstd_files/Water/Public%20consultation/lake_bonney_consultation.pdf.

Emu Consulting can assist you with your community engagement needs. For a no obligation quote please contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case study 11 – Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard Art Exhibition

Adult_Pygmy_Bluetongue_Lizard_(Tiliqua_adelaidensis)_web_smallTo help raise awareness of the Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard, the Pygmy Bluetongue Conservation Committee (PBTCC) is sponsoring a Pygmy Bluetongue art exhibition which is being organised by the Burra Art Gallery. Emu Consulting is working collaboratively with these organisations to assist with this project. We recently met with Julie Morris, a respected wildlife artist, to discuss Julie’s generous offer to allow the PBTCC to use images of her Pygmy Bluetongue art exhibition entry paintings to develop a poster and postcards. Funds raised from the sale of these will be utilised by the PBTCC to help in the conservation of this important and unique South Australian endangered species. To learn more about the Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard please visit: http://visitburra.com/our-town-burra/pygmy-bluetongue-lizard. And, to view Julie Morris’ beautiful artworks please go to: http://www.juliemorris.com.au/. Emu Consulting can assist you with your community engagement needs.

For further information please contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case study 12 – Grant Writing and Project Management and Assessment

Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson, Managing Director of Emu Consulting has worked with many communities and individuals and helped them to plan, manage and assess projects and develop and assess grant applications. She has worked independently and in collaboration with or on behalf of stakeholders including the:

  • Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association (APOMA)
  • Australian Red Cross
  • City of Port Augusta
  • Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and communities
  • Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation
  • Flinders Ranges Tourism Operators Association
  • Inman Valley/Torrens Vale Landcare Group
  • Outback Communities Authority
  • Pygmy Bluetongue Conservation Association
  • Rural Solutions SA
  • South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board
  • South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board

To discuss your project management needs please contact Dawn at dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au or on 0481 098 045 .

Case study 13 – Australian Science & Mathematics School (ASMS) STEM Register

Final_ASMS_STEM_FlyerThe ASMS is a leading school in the international network of specialist science and mathematics schools. To help them further enhance their student’s experiences they had a desire to seek early, middle and late career experts in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to engage with ASMS students. To help them to achieve their objective they contracted Emu Consulting to develop and manage (in collaboration with them) a marketing strategy and STEM registration database. Experts are now registering their interest and will begin working with students in 2013. To learn more about the ASMS please visit: www.asms.sa.edu.au, To find out how Emu Consulting can assist you with your community engagement needs please contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson on 0481 098 045.

Case study 14 – Northern and Yorke NRM Board Product Development

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Emu Consulting was contacted by the Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Management Board (the Board) who were interested in using our services to assist them with their communications needs. We are now contracted to deliver a range of communications services to them. These include: media releases, fact sheets and website stories relating to a diversity of natural resources matters such as rabbit control, weed control, fox biology, ecology and management, wombat conservation, water catchments, reserve health, community on-ground projects and agricultural management programs. The Board uses these products to engage with and provide educational information to their communities. The Board website can be viewed at: www.nynrm.sa.gov.au.

We invite you to contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au to discuss your communication needs.

Case Study 15 – Communications, Engagement and Marketing Strategy

Emu Consulting was contracted to develop a Communications, Engagement and Marketing Strategy for the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT). We initially met with the Director and Executive Officer and discussed their needs. We undertook a brainstorming session with them to determine who their stakeholders are and we worked collaboratively with them to identify and develop communication, engagement and marketing strategies. We prioritised the strategies and developed an action plan and timeline for each strategy. The NCGRT is now using the strategy as a tool to assist them with their communications, engagement and marketing management. The NCGRT website can be viewed at: www.groundwater.com.au.

We welcome the opportunity to assist you with your communication needs and invite you to contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case Study 16 – Rural Landholder Liquor Licence Assistance

vineyard photoSharon and Filippo Sisto contacted Emu Consulting with a request to assist them with the development of a Liquor Licence for a new wine production venture that they were establishing. The Sisto’s have a beautiful property in Auburn, close to the Clare Valley in South Australia. They currently own and manage the well known Bonina Olive Grove which is lovingly nurtured by family. Each year, family gather on the property to pick olives which are then pressed and bottled into a wonderful extra virgin olive oil. People from around the State travel to the Sisto property to purchase their oil. They now have their Liquor Licence and are selling their unique wine which is produced from grapes grown in their intimate vineyard. Sharon and Filippo welcome enquiries about their products. They can be contacted by email on: sfsisto@nullhotmail.com. Alternatively please feel free to phone Filippo on 0417 802 686.

Emu Consulting can help with a diverse array of communication needs and we invite you to contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case Study 17 – Flinders University School of Education Marketing Products

Emu Consulting was contracted to work collaboratively with Flinders University School of Education staff to develop flyers and e-news products which they use to market their Professional Experience Program to the educational sector. This program provides opportunities for student teachers to undertake placements in childcare centres, kindergartens, primary schools and high schools. The university works collaboratively with the education sector to ensure students receive quality training and guidance. For further information about the Professional Experience program please visit: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/education/professional-experience/professional-experience_home.cfm.

To discover how we can help you to meet your communication needs please contact Dawn Hawthorn-Jackson on 0481 098 045 or at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au

Case study 18 – Grant Writing and Project Management and Assessment

Dawn has worked with many communities and individuals and helped them to plan, manage and assess projects and develop and assess grant applications. She has worked independently and in collaboration with or on behalf of stakeholders including the: Andamooka Progress and Opal Miners Association (APOMA) Australian Red Cross City of Port Augusta Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and communities Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation Flinders Ranges Tourism Operators Association Inman Valley/Torrens Vale Landcare Group Outback Communities Authority Pygmy Bluetongue Conservation Association Rural Solutions SA South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board.

To discuss your project management needs please contact Dawn at dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au or on 0481 098 045 .

Case study 19 – Pinky and Peet the Little Aussie Bush Lizards

In 2015, Dawn wrote and published her first children’s book titled Pinky and Peet the Little Aussie Bush Lizards.  This delightful book introduces young people to the Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard, an endangered Australian species.  In collaboration with the Pygmy Bluetongue Conservation Association, Dawn sourced funding and contracted Hardshell Publishing to design the book and oversee the print management.  Since marketing the book, Pinky and Peet has appeared in The Advertiser and is available in selected book and gift shops.  To learn more about Pinky and Peet please visit: http://www.emuconsulting.com.au/.

Need help with your story?  Contact dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au or on 0481 098 045 .

Case study 20 – Building Meaningful Relationships Between NRM’s and Traditional Owners

Dawn was invited to be a guest speaker at the ‘Advancing Economic Development of Indigenous Land Conference’, which was held in Darwin in 2015.  Dawn’s presentation focused on her experience as a community engagement professional working with Natural Resource Management Boards and Aboriginal Traditional land owners in South Australia:  The following topics were included in her presentation:

  • Understanding and valuing differences and diversity
  • The value of respect and collaboration
  • The community realities of past policies
  • Beauracratic time vs Aboriginal time
  • Bridge building strategies

Emu Consulting welcomes the opportunity to share our experiences with your organisation.  Please feel free to contact us at: dawn@nullemuconsulting.com.au or on 0481 098 045.