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Clive Attwater

Principal and Partner
BSc (Hons) (Environmental Studies), MBA, MIMC
+61 3 6244 4154

Clive is a Principal at SGS who has strong strategic planning and analytical skills. His experience includes climate change, land use studies, housing assessments and transport projects. He has worked extensively in Australia as well as overseas. Clive leads the coastal climate change response for SGS. He has been on the board of directors since 2008 and was Managing Director through 2011 and 2012.

Clive has been the project director on numerous coastal climate change projects across Australia, making him a recognised leader in the field. He has authored and contributed to numerous papers on climate change impacts and related issues, and is regularly invited to conferences and forums as a key note speaker on policy issues related to planning and adaptive response.

Clive was influential throughout the Coastal Adaptation Pathways project for Tasmania where he led the consulting team in preparing an assessment of the social and economic impacts of climate change on coastal areas with specific reference to sea level rise and storm/erosion effects. The study developed detailed assessments of current and projected hazards, the cost of risk, values of the area and explored a range of future scenarios from early retreat to ‘stand and defend’ for each are. The work was supported by a communication strategy that led to strong community support for the recommendations.

Clive has undertaken numerous projects in the Middle East, including in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. He was part of an international team engaged to produce a Masterplan outlining the development of a 400-hectare artificial island in the Arabian Gulf, off Doha. The plan encompassed 10 residential precincts, housing about 8,000 residents in a mix of villas, townhouses, low rise and high rise apartments. Clive provided market and economic analysis of the $4.2 billion project. The market assessment covered residential, retail and hotel uses and included a review of the market context, competing developments, demand assessment based on published data and market surveys and indicative pricing.

A project that Clive undertook for the Hobart City Council has been integral in guiding council through their approach to paid parking. This project defined the needs and options for car parking in Hobart city and assessed current supply and current and future demand for car parking for commuters, shoppers, hospital visitors, tourists, residents and business related visitors. The study revealed a mismatch between supply and demand for commuters and a lack of investment initiative in the private sector to expand supply. Pricing was an important instrument to steer demand and generate investment in supply.

Clive project directed a market and project feasibility assessment for a tourism development in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania. The proposal being assessed was for an up market resort, mid-market cabin accommodation, conference and events venue and an 'early retirement' village in a bush setting with outstanding views of the Tamar Valley. Proposed on site activities include an air walk, walking paths, chair lift and tours to nearby vineyards, river cruises, and golf. He assessed the likely demand for these activities from onsite and broader regional visitors and from Tamar residents.

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