Hatch integrates industry-leading team to provide economic development services for urban and regional planning projects across Australia

January 24, 2023
The new economic development service team is comprised of industry leaders and experienced economists Jason McFarlane, Giles Tuffin, Nikki Harvey, and Chris Massey.

January 24, 2023 - Perth, Australia

Hatch is thrilled to welcome leading economic talent to its Urban Solutions team to further strengthen its Australian capabilities and services. The new team comprising industry leaders and experienced economists Jason McFarlane, Giles Tuffin, Nikki Harvey, and Chris Massey, will provide Hatch’s clients with skilled and versatile expertise in town planning, urban design, regional development, infrastructure, Indigenous development, mining, and energy projects. The new economic development team will work in collaboration with our global network of economic consultants to bring industry-leading economic models and frameworks to our clients.

“With economic impact analyses now an essential component of urban planning projects, our decision to move the FAR Lane team to Hatch recognizes an urgent need to help clients better understand how their projects can support local economic development for the benefit of communities now and into the future,” said Jason McFarlane, former FAR Lane Managing Director.

McFarlane is also Chair of Economic Development Australia, Australia’s leading body for economic development professionals, and sits on the Western Australian Advisory Board for the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

“Along with Hatch’s Urban Solutions services and expertise, we will be able to offer economic services that fully support communities, organizations and agencies to realize real progress towards being more prosperous, sustainable and equitable,” said McFarlane.

FAR Lane and Hatch have partnered on urban and regional planning and development projects for more than 8 years and have established strong industry relationships and mutual respect through many highly successful major projects. McFarlane and his team are looking forward to transitioning to Hatch and working on a range of notable projects, including the Future of Fremantle Economic Development Strategy and Land Use Plan, and the QEII Medical Centre and University of Western Australia (QEII-UWA) Economic Development Strategy, both for the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

“We are excited that as Hatch we will now be able to offer to all our clients an integrated suite of services covering economics, planning, urban design, placemaking and engagement, said Ryan Darby, Hatch’s Regional Director, Urban Solutions Australia-Asia. “Together, we are excited that together we are able to offer a unique combination of Hatch’s global economics and Urban Solutions capabilities which with our combined skills in Australia introduce cutting-edge and contemporary thinking to Australia Urban and regional planning and development.”

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