Social Infrastructure
Client:
Randwick Collaboration Area Group ‘RCA Group’ a collaboration between the University of NSW, Randwick City Council, Australian Turf Club and NSW Health
Date:
2019

Services Delivered:

  • Collaboration Area Program Direction
  • Strategy & Policy
  • Project Definition & Planning
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Governance Establishment

Key Outcomes

As Program Director, ConnellGriffin Advisors have facilitated more than 20 RCA Group meetings and workshops to promote insight sharing, stronger relationships and group focus. The role has also supported new connections and the profile of the RCA Group within related organisations and government agencies.

Within 18 months of our Advisors joining the program, the RCA Group delivered:

  • Project Plans for 2019 and 2020
  • a group governance structure that is supported by an MOU
  • technical networking groups and meetings connecting experts in sustainability, communications and transport
  • alignment and reflection of the 2018 Randwick Place Strategy in local plans and emerging strategies
  • more than $500,000 in joint and external program funding contributions
  • in-kind support, participation and insights from external guest speakers
  • funding from Transport for NSW for three travel demand management initiatives in Randwick
  • funding from the Department of Planning, Industry & Environment for a pilot place based emissions reduction strategy in Randwick
  • work integrated learning opportunities for UNSW students and researchers
  • action plans to progress shared priorities and focus areas, and
  • 2019 and 2020 Annual Collaboration Area Reports for Greater Sydney Commission on Randwick.

The Project

Randwick is identified as a Collaboration Area in the Greater Sydney Commission’s Metropolis of Three Cities due to its potential for increased productivity and innovation associated with the specialist health, education and research institutions located there. The 2018 Randwick Place Strategy recognised governance was key to optimising place outcomes, but that no single structure existed to pursue all of the actions it identified. In 2019, the RCA Group formed to explore governance structures and related actions together and appointed ConnellGriffin as Program Director.

Client's Objectives

The RCA Group wanted an independent Program Director to advise on appropriate governance structures, coordinate activities and develop relationships to build capacity for pursuing priority outcomes together. 

Key Issues

The primary challenge is for RCA Group members to allocate enough time and internal resources towards joint activities that support the outcomes envisaged in the Randwick Place Strategy. While RCA Group members are closely aligned around several priority outcomes, inevitable conflicts arise where interests compete or policy positions differ. In this context, the key issue for successful collaboration is to find ways to share each member’s perspective and enable the Group to connect related staff and overlapping work so that, by working together, the members can pool resources or attract external funding and support from new partners to scale outcomes.

Our Services

Our Advisors have provided:

  • program management services
  • group governance advice and recommendations
  • annual project plans and forward agenda
  • monthly progress reports and annual reporting
  • facilitation of group meetings and technical workshops
  • strategic analysis and scoping of joint priorities
  • connections to external resources and potential funding partners, and
  • increased government, industry and community engagement.

The services relate to the themes and priorities in the Randwick Place Strategy and focus on connectivity, liveability, sustainability, productivity, and governance.

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