Australian firm RSM Bird Cameron has expanded its services through a merger with Kahlefeldt Caspers, a firm based in Hay in the western Riverina region of New South Wales.
Kahlefeldt Caspers has close to 100 employees in the region, making it a significant sized business as Hay has a population of less than 3,000 people and the Riverina has a total population of about 255,000.
The region is dominated by the agriculture industry and is Australia’s largest producer of wine.
RSM Bird Cameron said the merger is important because the firm considers the Murray Riverina to be an important growth area.
RSM Bird Cameron principal Stuart Heine said that with the majority of the firm’s 28 offices located in regional areas across Australia, its focus has always been to provide accessible expert advice.
RSM Bird Cameron had fee income of A$111m ($94.7m) in the year to June 2009, according to the International Accounting Bulletin’s Australia survey.
During the same period, it had 750 total staff, including 70 partners and more than 500 professionals.