Client and Project Experience

Coakes Consulting Projects Description

  • SIA of the Pinjarra Refinery’s Long Term Residue Management Planning Strategy.
  • SIA and Social investment planning for the Huntly and Willowdale Mining Operations, South-west region, WA.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia

  • Social Impact Assessment of Illegal Logging.

BHP Billiton
(Caroona Project)

  • Development of the Caroona Coal Community Fund ($5M) to facilitate partnerships between the company and communities within the Gunnedah and Liverpool Plains areas of NSW. The work included a social scan of the region and community needs assessment to identify focus areas for project / socio-economic investment.

(Hunter Valley Energy Coal)

  • SIA and Community Consultation Program for the Mount Arthur North Project and Mount Arthur Coal Underground Project, Hunter Valley NSW.
  • Provision of advice regarding the company’s social investment program within the Hunter Valley region, NSW.
  • Community Complaints Evaluation (Review and analysis)

(Illawarra Coal)

  • Community involvement programs for the Appin, Westcliff and Dendrobium underground mine operations;
  • SIA and community consultation program for the proposed Douglas Mine operation, Illawarra region, NSW
  • River Health Project – Facilitation of Appin Area Community Working Group (AACWG) to scope out River Health Project and assess River Health issues, with the objective of implementing remedial action and regeneration.
  • Development of the Illawarra Coal Community Enhancement Program.
  • Community attitude survey for the company’s Illawarra Operations (2007-2011)

BHP Billiton
(Iron Ore)

  • SIA and community consultation programs for growth planning of the company’s operations in the Pilbara, WA (2003-2008);
  • Detailing Dust – development of a community consultation program relating to dust amenity issues in the down-town area of Port Hedland, WA;
  • Community needs assessment to guide social investment opportunities in the Pilbara region;
  • Social monitoring and evaluation program to monitor social engagement and investment performance at corporate and operational levels.
  • Review of the company’s Pilbara wide Community Partnership Program.

BHP Billiton
(Nickel West)

  • Development of a SIA and community management planning framework for company operations in Kwinana, Kalgoorlie, Leinster, Leonora and Wiluna.
  • Development of a social monitoring framework to monitor the company’s social engagement and investment performance in line with their sustainability standards.
  • Community Health Partnership recommendations for the Wiluna Community.

BHP Billiton

  • SEIA for the Stybarrow Petroleum Field Development WA-255-P(2).

BHP Billiton

  • SEIA, HIA and ASIA (Aboriginal SIA) for the Yeelirrie Uranium Project, Goldfields region, WA.

Bunbury Port Authority

  • Community Involvement Program to assess community perceptions of the Bunbury Port and its future expansion plans; and to focus the Port’s investment program in the Bunbury region.


  • Social and Health Impact Assessment(SHIA) for the Kintyre Project, Pilbara region, WA

Cape Bouvard Energy

  • SIA for the Lake Clifton Wind Farm Project, Lake Clifton, WA

Carnegie Wave Energy

  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan for a proposed wave energy project for Garden Island, WA

Centennial Coal

  • Community Involvement Program for the Mandalong Mine Project, Central Coast NSW;
  • SIA and community consultation program for the Anvil Hill Mine development, Upper Hunter, NSW.

Chevron (Australia)

  • Integrated SHIA and ASIA for the Wheatstone Project, Onslow, Pilbara, WA
  • Ongoing community consultation, including facilitation of CRC for the Project
  • Community Values Assessment
  • Skills Audit
  • Community Infrastructure Study
  • Onslow Community Visioning Project
  • Onslow community survey (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Cliffs Natural Resources

  • Social performance and Community attitude survey – Esperance region, WA (2011, 2013)
  • Development of a Stakeholder engagement strategy

Coal and Allied

  • Social Appraisal for the Mt Thorley-Warkworth Operations, Hunter Valley, NSW
  • Social Appraisal for the Hunter Valley Operations, Hunter Valley, NSW
  • Community Complaints Evaluation (Review and analysis)

Commonwealth Department of Climate Change

  • Application of Town Resource Cluster-analysis (TRC-analysis) and Community Sensitivity methodologies to demonstrate potential local level socio-economic flow-on implications of climate change impacts on the Pilbara’s oil and gas sector.

Connections Nightclub

  • Survey research to assess interests and patterns of socializing behaviour in existing and potential customers
  • Assessment of community support for changes to existing / development of new venues in Northbridge
  • Preparation of Social / Public Impact Statements for new venue planning approvals

Department of Planning, WA

  • Community Consultation program for the Social Infrastructure Study of the Mid-West and Gascoyne region, WA.

Department of Primary Industries, Victoria

  • Identification and spatial mapping of forest dependent communities across Victoria.
  • Application of TRC-analysis and Community Sensitivity analysis across forest-dependent communities in Victoria, to describe forest communities’ sensitivity to change in the forestry sector.

Department of Regional Development and Lands, WA

  • Assessment of economic impact of Fuel Card Scheme across Western Australia.
  • Assessment of changes to pensioners’ quality of life and evaluation of other social outcomes resulting from the Age Pensioner Country Fuel Card Scheme.

Department of State Development, WA

  • Development of the social impact components for the Strategic Assessment Review (SAR) of the Kimberley LNG Project, James Price Point, Broome WA.

Esperance Port Authority

  • SIA and community involvement program for the Esperance Port Authority relating to lead handling and transportation.
  • Development and implementation of a community engagement strategy to manage and monitor community issues associated with the Port’s activities.

Fortescue Metals Group

  • Social Impact Assessment for the Solomon Hub project and expansion of FMG’s Port Hedland operations.

Holcim (formerly Cemex Australia and Readymix)

  • Development of SIA and community involvement programs relating to quarry developments in WA (Baldivis), NSW (Marulan, Tweed Heads) and Victoria.
  • Develop Social Profile for Stage 2 Baldivis quarry operation.


  • Development of the Social Impact Management Plan for the Itchy’s Project, Darwin NT

Kimberley Land Council

  • Preliminary Aboriginal Social Impact Assessment for the Inpex Marat Islands Gas Plant.

Macquarie Generation

  • Development of a community involvement program in relation to industry development within the buffer zone surrounding the Bayswater and Liddell coal fired Power Stations, Hunter Valley, NSW;
  • Community consultation programs associated with potential wind farm developments in the northern tablelands and southern highlands regions of NSW.

Murchison Metals Limited Oakajee Port and Rail

  • Social scan and profile of the Mid-west region.
  • Assessment of extractive industry investment contributions across the Midwest region
  • Population impact modeling associated with the proposed Oakajee Port Development.

NSW Catchment Management Authorities

  • Socio-economic capacity building and advisory services to assist CMA’s in achieving better natural resource and investment decisions.

Natural Resources Commission NSW

  • Social assessment of the River Red Gum and Cypress Forest Assessments.

Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW)

  • Analysis of landholder attitudes survey relating to the application of the Native Vegetation Act in NSW

Port Waratah Coal Service (PWCS)

  • SIA and SIMP for the T4 Project, Newcastle NSW

Rio Tinto Iron Ore

  • Development of a Community Plan for Pannawonica, including strategies for social investment within the community and region.

Rocla Products Ltd

  • SEIA and Community Involvement Program for an extension to an existing sand quarry on the Kurnell Peninsula, Sydney, NSW.

Sinclair Knight Merz

  • Health impact assessment relating to the proposed expansion of coal-fired power generation facilities in Collie, WA as part of the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) Power Procurement Process (PPP).

Western Australian Nightclubs Association

  • Assessment of relationship between alcohol and anti-social behaviour in Northbridge.
  • Critical evaluation of police statistics and arguments supporting restrictions against nightclub trading.
  • Development of strategies to address alcohol-related problems in Northbridge.

Woodside Energy

  • SEIA for the offshore Vincent-Enfield development WA-271-P, Exmouth, WA.
  • SIA for the Sunrise LNG Project.

Glencore / Xstrata

  • Social Impact and Opportunities Assessments for the:
    – Bulga Optimisation Project
    – Mt Owen Ravensworth East Resource Recovery Project
    – Mt Owen Continued Operations Project
    – Mangoola Modification 6 Project
  • Broke, Bulga and Millbrodale Community Visioning Project – ‘Our Villages, Our Vision’, Hunter Valley NSW
  • ‘Viewpoint Program’ – an assessment of community perceptions of Xstrata Coal’s social performance (engagement and investment) across NSW.
  • Baal Bone Colliery Closure Plan – SEIA, Western Coalfields NSW.
  • Socio-economic Impact Assessment and Community Consultation Program for the Ulan Coal Continued Operations Project


  • Ten by10 Community study relating to elevated blood lead levels in young children in the Port Pirie Community, South Australia. Partnership program between industry and government (Dept. of Health, EPA and PPRC).