Transport & Infrastructure
EconSearch has been a provider of economic analysis to the transport sector for almost 15 years. The questions we answer range from the port-focused, How much is our port worth? to the broader, state-level, How much will our transport infrastructure investment add to the State’s economy?
EconSearch has a long history in port economic impacts studies. We have undertaken studies for the Ports of Launceston, Devonport, Esperance, Bunbury, Melbourne, Sydney and Ports Corporation Queensland. We prepared an economic impact study as part of an Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Enfield Logistics Centre in Sydney.
EconSearch undertook an economic impact study of the Port of Geelong for a consortium including Toll GeelongPort, Victorian Regional Channel Authority, GrainCorp and the Victorian Department of Infrastructure. Similar studies have been undertaken for the Port of Portland, Port Kembla Port Corporation, Port of Hastings Corporation, Fremantle Ports and the Port of Bunbury.
In 2008 EconSearch contributed to the East-West Link project, applying CGE (computable general equilibrium) modelling techniques to estimate the economic impact of productivity improvements arising from the proposed $15 billion investment in Melbourne's transport infrastructure.
EconSearch has extensive experience is analysing transport-related employment responses to changes in regional economic conditions. A study for Kangaroo Island Development Board, the Kangaroo Island Sea Access Economic Assessment Study, is an example where the cost of passenger and freight transport between the mainland and KI was analysed in terms of it’s effect on business viability and overall economic development on the island.
Cost benefit analysis of the proposed marine facilities upgrade at Victor Harbor and the East Devonport rail link project are typical of the regional infrastructure assessments undertaken by EconSearch. Freight flow analysis is another area where collected, collated and analysed data sets for a range of clients.