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2016 RARE projects

Enterprise Location Project focus

White Leeds Arid Wetland

Broken Hill, NSW

WLAW is a start-up Conservation Park that captures treated effluent water for land rehabilitation and habitat creation for endangered and threatened species. Students delivered feasibility studies/business plans for a variety of activities including community-engaged research, arts centres and tourism.

Adult Ed Community College

Batemans Bay, NSW

Adult Ed provides community education, skills and training for social, economic & personal improvement. RARE students worked to review and make recommendations for Adult Ed’s current marketing strategy and internal operations.

Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Council

Macksville, NSW

Unkya LALC run guided cultural tours and educational programs to a variety of clients including school groups and members of the public. RARE students were engaged to improve current operations and strengthen the LALC’s customer base.

Murrawari Local Aboriginal Land Council

Enngonia, NSW

Murrawari LALC Social Enterprise Hub. RARE students conducted a business plan to determine the suitability of each social enterprise activity and the best approach to staging the Hub’s development.

Consolidated Mining and Civil

Broken Hill, NSW

The Consolidated Group offers Plant Hire, Bulk Haulage and Mining Services. Students were engaged to develop a viability study/business plan for new business opportunities.

The Valley Centre

Lower Portland, NSW

The Valley Centre aims to engage more people around Australia in important dialogues about sustainability, community, and youth by creating a multi-purpose sustainability centre. Students worked to develop a strategic plan for the Centre.

Youth Healing Camps

Dubbo, NSW

Uncle Isaac Gordon’s Youth Cultural Healing Camps aim to improve the social, cultural and economic outcomes for rural Aboriginal communities. Students worked with Uncle Isaac to develop a growth strategy and business plan for the camp’s activities, forming a Youth Healing Centre.

Broken Hill Local Aboriginal Land Council

Broken Hill, NSW

Broken Hill LALC engaged architecture and business students to develop a business plan and schematic designs for their new head office in Broken Hill. Incorporating multiple business ventures, including commercial office space, cafes, art galleries and community training programs.

Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council

Mutawintji National Park, NSW

Mutawintji LALC engaged architecture and business students to expand their cultural tourism activities at Mutawintji National Park. Students worked together to develop schematic designs and a business plan for a new café and local store on the site, while also reviewing their current business operations.

YMCA Broken Hill

Broken Hill, NSW

YMCA Broken Hill engaged architecture and business students to transform the existing fitness centre into a community health and wellbeing centre. Students developed architectural plans for the expansion that were aligned with the city’s Heritage listing and developed a business plan for expanding service delivery to include Indigenous health, mental health and social inclusion activities for people with a disability.

Camp Hill Crossing

Bungendore, NSW

The Camp Hill Crossing project explored the feasibility of a Sculpture Park with the aim of attracting tourists outdoors and into the Bungendore area. RARE students developed a business plan for the sculpture park, while also considering current tourism activities offered by the Molonglo Rail Trail that runs from Bungendore to Captains Flat.

Lord Howe Island Renewables

Lord Howe Island, NSW

The Lord Howe Island Hybrid Renewable Energy Project has been under development since June 2014. A RARE Master of Sustainability student worked to review the project’s community consultation approach and determine elements of success and areas of improvement for similar projects in the future.

Tò He

Hanoi, Vietnam

Tò He is a social enterprise in Vietnam that provides a creative learning playground for disadvantaged children. Tò He worked with RARE students to develop a Social Impact report.


Hanoi, Vietnam

KOTO is a restaurant and training centre in hospitality, giving at-risk and disadvantaged youth the possibility to learn and thrive in their lives.​ Students worked with the KOTO team to develop a crowd funding campaign to finance new uniforms for restaurant staff and a guide for developing future campaigns.

Bac Tom

Hanoi, Vietnam

Bac Tom supplies healthy foods for Hanoi consumers by promoting small-scale farming. Students reviewed Bac Tom’s strategy and opportunities for better capturing Vietnam’s expat market.


Hanoi, Vietnam

KHAC Social Enterprise, through partnership with other social enterprises and local communities, provides authentic, lively, and compassionate trips to enable urban travellers to regain its balance and love towards a peaceful life. Students reviewed Khac’s strategy and expansion opportunities for Vietnamese and International markets.


Hanoi, Vietnam

Imagtor is a B2B photo-editing social enterprise that provides employment and free Photoshop training to people with disabilities in Vietnam.  Students developed a business plan that aimed to increase Imagtor’s brand awareness and better engage with international clients.

Thanh Nguyen

Hanoi, Vietnam

Thanh Nguyen is a deaf hair stylist and makeup artist based in Hanoi that employs only deaf and mute peoples. Students worked with Thanh Nguyen to develop recommendations for strategically scaling activities into new markets and products, while improving quality of service.

Nam Thang Long

Hanoi, Vietnam

Nam Thang long (NTL) is a Vietnamese Social Enterprise that designs and sells flotation devices such as backpacks and rafts for school aged children, to prevent drowning while travelling to and from school. RARE students reviewed NTL’s activities to expand into new markets and secure more consistent revenue streams.

Sapa O’Chau

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa O’Chau is a social enterprise that aims to support local youth in accessing education and sustainable employment opportunities. Our RARE student worked with the enterprise to produce a Social Impact Report.