Possible People developed our Corporate Sustainability Plan and came at sustainability from a strong business focus rather than purely an environmental lens. This approach identified opportunities that will provide multiple financial, environmental, social and cultural benefits for our organisation, our partners and stakeholders.
I also found the experience really effective in teasing out issues and opportunities and obtaining engagement across the organisation and with the Senior Executive Team, which provided significant value for ACU.
Australian Catholic University - Corporate Sustainability Plan, Stephen Weller, Chief Operating Officer - May 2017
Possible People was engaged by Douglas Shire Council to develop an economic development strategy for our Shire.
Possible People helped me by supplying very open and regular communication. This provided me with a high level confidence early in the project that our objectives would and were being achieved. Possible People was also very flexible and willing to make adjustments to the proposed activities and program, whilst ensuring the project was completed as per the initially agreed completion date.
The result was a comprehensive but focussed and practical roadmap that will create a more resilient Douglas Shire whilst also maintaining a focus on our unique natural and cultural assets that are critical to the long-term prosperity of the Shire.
The key things I liked were their collaborative approach and innovative methodology that allowed Council to strengthen and further develop our relationship with a major employer in our Shire to pursue joint win-win opportunities that will benefit our community.
I would recommend Possible People to organisations who need innovative economic development strategies that not only supports the creation of local businesses and jobs but also enables stronger partnerships, communities and provides a focus on the value of the natural and cultural assets of the community.
Douglas Shire Council - Economic Development Strategy, Kerrie Hawkes, Executive Officer, CEO Unit - April 2017
I approached Possible People to support TTNQ review and re-engage key stakeholders in the implementation of the Tropical North Queensland Destination Tourism Plan (TNQ DTP), which had been developed in 2014 by Possible People.
The result created a resounding consensus with all our key partners on the key priorities that will be pursued in 2017 to sustain the success of the TNQ tourism industry. One thing I particularly liked was that the workshop process resulted in strengthening relationships with our key partners that are critical to the successful delivery of the DTP.
I found the experience and process outlined by Possible People very thorough but flexible, which provided confidence that all our objectives would be achieved. I would recommend Possible People to other organisations who need economic and sustainable development strategies, strategic planning and workshop facilitation.
Tropical North Queensland Destination Tourim Plan (TNQ DTP) Review Workshop, Sarah Palmer - Manager - Destination Development, Tourism Tropical Nth QLD & Tourism and Events Qld - Feb 2017
"Townsville City Council engaged Possible People to prepare a Sustainability Framework for the Waterfront Priority Development Area (PDA). The PDA includes approximately 97.2 hectares of waterfront land directly adjacent to Townsville's Central Business District and is envisaged to accommodate a portion of the additional 30,000 people planned to live and work in the wider CBD by 2030.
This was a complex assignment with a very limit budget for the consultancy and a broad range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds; each with their own perspective on sustainability". .... "Stewart took hold of the project and never let go until it was completed. The product of the study is now used regularly to brief other consultants and as a reference tool to guide strategic thinking and decision making relating to the Waterfront and adjacent CBD. The broad vision of sustainability captured in the Framework brings previously competing interests together and provides a compelling rationale for a stronger regional focus in planning and delivery of development".
Townsville City Council - Waterfront PDA Sustainability Framework, David Metcalfe, Major Projects Advisor - May 2016
"... Possible People designed, led and facilitated a robust and transparent process that included a comprehensive review of the organisation and wide stakeholder engagement. This approach holistically identified the key challenges and opportunities facing the organisation and Possible People worked diligently to develop a business model with strategic and financial priorities that reflected the capacities and human resources of the CHS. The result is a realistic, applied plan that has the buy-in of the Management Team and sets the program for the CHS in the years leading up to the opening of the Museum.
We are convinced that the outcomes provided by Possible People will support the CHS to remain a sustainable, vibrant and relevant organisation into the future".
Cairns Historical Society - Organisation Strategy & New Business Model, Suzanne Gibson, Manager Cairns Historical Society Museum & Clive Skarrot - President Cairns Historical Society - December 2015
"TTNQ were faced with a significant challenge implementing a growth plan that would deliver $2 Billion growth in tourism expenditure by 2020 with limited resources. Possible People designed, in partnership with TTNQ, an innovative approach to allow TTNQ to deliver the program" ..
"We were delighted that Possible People took the initiative were flexible, adaptable, provided clear communication on progress and provided access to specialist knowledge and expertise through its networks to deliver outcomes that surpassed our expectations. The project outcomes places our region in pole position to achieve 77% growth in 6 years".
Tropical North Queensland Destination Tourim Plan (TNQ DTP) Implementation, Sharyn Brydon - TNQ Destination Partnership Director, Tourism Tropical Nth QLD
Stewart worked collaboratively with Council staff, project team members and stakeholders to develop an informative and a practical economic development strategy that leveraged multiple benefits from the Horn Island Affordable Housing project.
The economic development strategy could provide a common vision with a realistic and achievable roadmap that facilitates reconciliation, creates new jobs and business opportunities for our people and breathes new life and spirit into the community whilst also respecting the culture and country.
Stewart's competence, experience, persistence and commitment to providing Council with sound and achievable advice was highly valued by Council and will ultimately result in creating better outcomes for our council and community.
Horn Island Affordable Housing Project - Economic Development Strategy, Dalassa Yorkston, CEO Torres Shire Council - June 2014
"Possible People and its partners... worked closely and collaboratively with TTNQ, the Local Tourism Organisations and key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive, robust and usable Destination Tourism Plan.
...The team developed a sound, structured and ‘no-surprises’ approach to ensure that the key stakeholders were engaged to obtain comprehensive buy-in.
...TNQ’s competitive advantage is based on the current and continued health of its high value natural assets. This has been clearly recognised and defined in the new vision and implementation strategies for the TNQ tourism industry.
Stewart and the team worked with great enthusiasm and commitment to ensure the tight deadlines were met and the project was delivered within a constrained budget.
Based on the quality of the outcome, level of service and value for money provided I would have no hesitate in recommending this team for future work."
Tropical North Queensland Destination Tourism Plan, Alex De Waal, CEO Tropical Tourism North Queensland - June 2014
"I found Stewart, on all occasions, worked to a high standard of professionalism. He has extensive experience ... and was able to draw upon this to value add to the $20 million Mossman Gorge Centre. He was extremely thorough in all his work and managed the project with the level of care one would if it was their own personal investment..."
Mossman Gorge Centre, Tammy Kowitz, former Project Manager for Indigenous Land Corporation - August 2013
"Your leadership (as Chair of the Tropical North Queensland Renewable Energy Steering (TNQRESC) Committee), passion and enthusiastic support for the emerging renewable energy sector has ensured the TNQ RESC has a strategic platform to move forward. You have been integral to establishing a strong industry based committee ready to step up
as the voice of renewable energy in the region to provide the advocacy and encouragement for investment and innovation required for future growth."
Tropical North Queensland Steering Renewable Energy Committee, Chair September 2012 to June 2013