Abstract: This Rapid Rural Appraisal report from the Research Centre for Stronger Communities at Curtin University offers a ‘snapshot’ study of the community response to the closure, on January 21st 2009, of the BHP Billiton Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation (RNO) in Western Australia. This study forms part of an ongoing 5 year research program in the South Coast of Western Australia – Sustaining Gondwana. Findings reported on provide locally informed baseline information to assist in the development of future strategies for the Region. Focusing on the Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun and Jerdacuttup communities within the Shire of Ravensthorpe, this study provides an overview of the range of social impacts of the RNO closure on: the community; perspectives on environmental impact; information flow post-closure; comparative measures of wellbeing; and community perspectives on opportunities for future regional development. The Report has been prepared with a triple-bottom-line structure: social, environmental and economic impacts. In conducting a rapid study, using a Rapid Rural Appraisal method, findings reflect upon: associated lifestyles and livelihood changes for the local residents; on the perspective of a sample of the local community to the closure; and on its consequences, from the perspective of local residents.
Browne, A., Buckley, A., Stehlik, D., 2009, A rapid rural appraisal of the closure of the Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation: A focus on the social, environmental and economic impacts for Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun and Jerdacuttup, Western Australia, Report, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4035.