Job Details
  • ReferenceBH-140601
  • LocationPort Macquarie
  • SalaryCareer development opportunities & flexible work arrangements
  • Job TypeFull Time
  • Postedabout 1 month ago
  • ConsultantJo Ellerman
Why work anywhere else!
Port Macquarie Hastings Council is located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales where Birpai the traditional owners of the Port Macquarie region have occupied the region for thousands of years. It is one of the largest urban centres on the North Coast, with an estimated population over 86,792. Our community is characterised by its welcoming attitude, growing economy, and natural beauty such as rainforests and estuaries to white sandy beaches to world heritage mountain wilderness, the Port Macquarie region offers an attractive lifestyle for everyone.

We are now seeking a Senior Strategic Planner to coordinate and deliver projects within Port Macquarie Hastings Council’s strategic planning program that will contribute to the establishment of a clear and concise land use planning framework outcomes for our community.

Why the team needs you
Reporting to the Coordinator Strategic Planning, you will carry out complex strategic planning in accordance with the EP&A Act, Local Government Act and associated regulations and other statutory requirements as appropriate as well as:
  • Provide input to and undertake the preparation and review of land use planning and development contributions strategy and policy.
  • Prepare and exhibit planning proposals and development control plan provisions in accordance with relevant legislation.
  • Negotiate planning agreements in accordance with the EP&A Act and Council policy.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of development assessment issues and processes.
  • Project management in accordance with Council policy to deliver on community expectations and meet Council’s success factors.
  • Community participation and engagement to involve the community in the activities and decision-making processes of Council and bring Council closer to the community.
  • Coordinate and involve Council staff in relation to planning projects.
  • Provide timely and accurate information to Council.
  • Oversee the delivery of key outputs by consultants associated with projects in accordance with agreed briefs and without significant cost overruns.
  • Undertake research during policy development, including regional networking, to determine best practice planning outcomes.
What you’ll bring to the team.
To be successful in this role, you will be a highly motivated individual with demonstrated experience in strategy development and possess solid experience in reading , reviewing, and creating strategic plans in a government corporate of commercial setting
You will have sound working knowledge of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 and other legislation and hold a Tertiary qualification in planning or a related discipline as well as:
  • Demonstrated experience in land use planning
  • Demonstrated experience in making strategic recommendations
  • Demonstrated experience in innovative strategy development
  • Understanding of and demonstrated experience in policy development
  • Participation in community engagement 

Why you’ll want to join the team
By joining the team, you will evolve within a dynamic and welcoming organisation that makes serving the community their primary mission
  • flexible work arrangement
  • Career development opportunities
  • Grade 16 – $93,370.14 to $105,089.04
  • Long service leave after 5 years
  • Employee assistance program
The Next Step

If this position will enhance your career and you would like further details on the role, or a copy of the position description, please call Jo Ellerman for a confidential discussion on (02) 66919106 or email

Please note: There is no close date. We are assessing applications once submitted