Economic Development – Industry and Regional Planning

Armstrong Muller Consulting has vast experience in Industry and Regional planning with Indigenous stakeholders involving a wide consultation process across a range of complex issues.  Plans have addressed matters such as economic and employment development, primary production, development associated with mining activities, art production, regional marketing and co-ordination of Government programs.

The team’s experience in both regional and industry based strategic planning, and extensive knowledge of cross-industry projects in these areas, enables us to undertake broad-ranging projects that encourage a partnership approach from Industry with a range of Indigenous organisations.

Our experience and success in remote areas is a valuable resource for Industry Groups and Government organizations, who are planning to engage Indigenous organisations or communities. In particular we have:

  • An awareness of needing to consult with all relevant groups and community representatives throughout the project;
  • An understanding of Aboriginal culture and protocols;
  • First hand exposure to the range of influences on Indigenous businesses including the balance between Economic, Cultural, Social and Environmental outcomes;
  • An awareness of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Australian society.

Armstrong Muller Consulting can also support native Title groups in developing and reviewing the terms of reference of Land Access Agreements with Industry and government, to ensure that Traditional Owners gain maximum economic benefit from these negotiations.

The experience of our principals in the corporate sector over the past 30 years enables us to translate current business knowledge to planning for these sectors.

Some examples of projects Armstrong Muller Consulting have done in this field…

  • Preparation of the Economic Development and Employment Strategy for Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory;
  • Developing the National Indigenous Forestry Strategy for ATSIC and AFFA (now DAFF) a national strategy and framework for encouraging greater Indigenous participation in forest growing, timber processing and non-timber forest product sectors. View the Scoping Report PDF >
  • Preparation of a Strategic Plans for each of Desart and the Association of Northern Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artist Corporation (ANKAAA), the representative group for Central Australia and Top End Indigenous Art Centres, respectively;
  • Review the Native Food Industry in South Australia and what it means to Indigenous people in terms of direct and indirect benefits and opportunities for commercial outcomes