Welcome Billsy!

We are excited to announce that David Bills has joined URPS as an Associate Director. David joins our growing team with over 20 years’ experience as a planner. David is a trusted and highly skilled senior practitioner with extensive knowledge and expertise in large complex statutory proposals, major project facilitation, strategic planning, greenfield and infill […]

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Rebecca Gosling joins URPS as an Associate

We are delighted to announce that Rebecca Gosling has joined URPS as an Associate. Rebecca joins our Development Facilitation team following 9 years in Local Government including 3 years at Adelaide Plains Council and 6 years at the City of Charles Sturt where she rose to the position of Senior Planner in 2016. Her diverse […]

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Australian National Outlook 2019 – Better with Ice Cream

The 2019 Planning Institute of Australia – Victoria State Planning Symposium included a variety of energising speakers and thought provoking topics.  Of interest to us was discussion about the CSIRO’s recently published report “The Australian National Outlook 2019”. People from more than 20 non-government organisations met every three months over two years to study and […]

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Simon Channon – Promoted to Senior Associate

Simon Channon has been promoted to Senior Associate at URPS and will lead the organisation’s Development Facilitation and Assessment team. Simon joined URPS in 2013 as a planner when URPS merged with Nolan Rumsby Planners. He was promoted to the position of Associate in 2015. Simon’s latest elevation is well deserved and recognises his consistent […]

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New Leadership at URPS

Matthew King is the new Managing Director of URPS. Matthew brings new ideas and enthusiasm to our ambitions for the growth of URPS.  He is a trusted and skilled member of the URPS management team, well respected by clients and URPS team members alike. This also helps ensure the long-term sustainability of URPS in that […]

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Lucas Paterno Appointed as Director

We are delighted to announce that Lucas Paterno has been appointed as a Director of URPS Melbourne.  This decision recognises his contributions to the growth of the practice. Since joining URPS in early 2018, Lucas has successfully facilitated planning approvals throughout Victoria ranging from small-scale additions in heritage sensitive areas, to multi-level residential/mixed-use developments and […]

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A Great Honour for One of Our Own

Angela Hazebroek has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal as part of the Queen’s birthday honours. We listed some of the highlights of Angela’s career in a previous article about her elevation to Life Fellow of the Planning Institute late last year, so we won’t go over them again. But forgive us if we […]

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Presentations that Inform, Persuade and Motivate

Many contentious planning matters are determined in public forums by panels or committees.  The ability of planners to present well in these forums is critical to procedural fairness and good decision making generally. Our Managing Director, Marcus Rolfe, ran a seminar on behalf of the Planning Institute of Australia SA Division last week focused on […]

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How Many Planners Does it Take to Build a House?

Special thanks to all those who sponsored the building materials for Grazio and Marcus’ construction efforts in Cambodia recently. Habitat for Humanity mobilises families, volunteers and corporate partners to build housing for low-incomes households across the world.  They believe that a decent home provides an important foundation for families to be healthier, happier and more […]

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