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Business case leadership and strategic advice for Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education, NSW

School Infrastructure NSW

Business case leadership and strategic advice for Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education, NSW
School Infrastructure NSW
Years of Service:
Services Provided:
  • strategy & policy
  • project definition & planning
  • stakeholder engagement
  • governance establishment
  • business case writing, team leadership & management
  • option development & assessment

School Infrastructure NSW is responsible for delivering new school buildings, major upgrades and maintenance strategies that will ensure every school-aged child has access to high quality education facilities at their local public school.

ConnellGriffin was appointed to developed strategic and final business cases for four highprofile infrastructure planning projects.


School Infrastructure NSW sought to investigate and evaluate the opportunities, costs and benefits of investing in world class, contemporary agricultural education for students across NSW. ConnellGriffin was appointed as Senior Project Director for the following infrastructure planning projects:

  • Hurlstone Agricultural High School
  • The Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education
  • Richmond High School, and
  • Yanco Agricultural High School.


ConnellGriffin was appointed to lead a multi-disciplinary team of educational experts and specialist consultants for the development strategic and final business cases for submission to NSW Treasury. The work involves significant interface management of multiple stakeholders within the Department of Education, school community and state government, and requires strict application of project governance to control project scope and to deliver within the project budgets and timeframes

Each project is well on its way to delivering a new model of agricultural education that will benefit students and teaching professionals across NSW.

Our advisors have so far delivered:

  • effective leadership and overall accountability the business case
  • strong project governance and assurance processes
  • timely executive and Ministerial approvals
  • successful stakeholder management and community consultation activities, and
  • Resolution of complex technical and commercial issues including lease, license and partnership agreements


All four projects are highly contentious locally and have attracted media coverage, negative community sentiment and Ministerial announcements. Each project involves complex stakeholder management issues, collaboration across multiple state government agencies and the management of multidisciplinary project teams to deliver final business cases within set budgets and timeframes.


Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education

A new residential Centre of Excellence in agricultural education will be co-located on the Western Sydney University (WSU) Hawkesbury campus. The Centre will be accessible by all NSW students and teachers. It will have a strong focus on peri-urban agriculture and industry partnerships, enabling immersion into shared educational research programs and clearly articulated career pathways into the agricultural sector.

Western Sydney and in particular the Hawkesbury region, has been identified as the preferred location for innovation andinvestment in agricultural education, given its rich history in agriculture and agricultural education. 

WSU’s AgriPark (Hawkesbury Campus) brings together the University’s key agricultural, agri-business, STEM and innovation-themed academic and professional technical expertise. It is also home to WSU’s world-renowned Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment and National Protected Cropping facility. The partnerships between Dept.of Education, TAFE, researchers and industry being developed on the Hawkesbury Campus are essential in driving the future direction of the industry.

CG Team Members Involved:

Mark Harrison Mark Harrison Director

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