We are very excited to see Nicole Halsey elevated to Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia at the recent PIA SA Awards for Excellence 2017. Nicole has been a key part of the management team at URPS since our foundation in 2003.
Recognised as a leader on the South Australian and national planning stages, Nicole is widely acknowledged for her expertise in natural resources management, climate change adaptation strategies and innovative community engagement.
Nicole often works in areas considered outside the planning mainstream or with people who do not traditionally participate in planning and decision making. Many of Nicole’s projects involve working with other professionals in disciplines such as science, engineering, hydrogeology and urban design where she is a great ambassador for the planning profession.
Renowned for her skills in community engagement and facilitation, Nicole is a warm and friendly person who can set people at ease and quickly build trust – essential to effective community engagement. Whether working with an industry peak body, angry stakeholders or pre-school/school aged children, Nicole is able to draw out diverse view points and distil these to provide clear and agreed directions/actions.
Nicole has been a member of Premier’s Climate Change Council since 2011, a rare opportunity for a planner to address one of the most significant issues facing the planet. She was also a member of the then Renewable SA Board and the Community Engagement Board, both of which reported directly to the Premier on the delivery of the South Australian Strategic Plan. More recently, Nicole has been appointed by the Minister for Planning to the newly established Community Participation and Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Regularly winning awards for her project work, Nicole was recognised as PIA National Planner of Year in 2012. She is also great fun to work with, bringing enthusiasm and energy to her projects.
Congratulations Nicole, and others, for your elevation to Fellows of PIA – well deserved peer recognition.