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Coastal Planning Services

Capability Statement | Coastal Planning Services

Our Services §

Coastal Planning


Master Planning


Strategic Planning


Feasibility Assessments


Bushfire Planning


Stakeholder Management


Planning Scheme Amendments


Community Consultation


Urban Design Frameworks




Precinct Structure Planning


Environmental Assessment


Statutory Planning

Project Examples Port Albert Planning Controls Review

Coastal Towns Design Framework

Port Albert, Victoria

Wellington Shire Council, Victoria

Client: Wellington Shire Council Completion Date: 2014

Client: Wellington Shire Council Completion Date: 2010

Meinhardt was engaged by Wellington Shire Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP) to review the planning framework for the historic coastal town of Port Albert in Gippsland Victoria. Port Albert’s planning framework was complex, with numerous layers of policy and prescriptive control relating to heritage, buildings, design, and the sensitive, natural coastal environment. There was concern amongst the local community that this planning framework was negatively impacting the town’s ability to grow and prosper. Meinhardt’s role was to independently review the planning framework and provide recommendations (including drafting changes to planning provisions) to reduce red tape and streamline approvals.

This was the largest urban design framework project to be conducted in regional Victoria. It comprised planning and design studies of 19 settlements and adjacent areas located along over 300 kilometres of Victoria’s eastern coast – extending from Robertson’s Beach near Wilson’s Promontory to Mallacoota near the NSW border. The project area also included Metung, Loch Sport and other towns within the Gippsland Lakes area. As lead consultants, Meinhardt assessed the development needs and potential of each settlement and prepared a strategic planning framework to assist local Councils to manage growth pressures, in these popular holiday and retirement areas. Master plans and cost estimates for priority projects within each town were prepared. We also acted for Wellington Shire Council to amend its Planning Scheme to incorporate the recommendations of the design frameworks, including representation at the Planning Panels hearing.

Capability Statement | Coastal Planning Services

Project Examples Warnambool Safer Boating Harbour

Apollo Bay Harbour Master Plan

City of Warrnambool, Victoria

Apollo Bay, Victoria

Client: City of Warrnambool Completion Date: 2013

Client: Colac Otway Shire Council Completion Date: 2007 - 2009 & 2013

Meinhardt collaborated with Water Technology Pty Ltd provided planning and consultation expertise to develop options and implementation advice for the Warnambool Safer Boating Harbour.

The Apollo Bay Harbour is a major regional facility providing one of only three safe harbours on the west Victorian coast. This project aimed to build on the town’s tourism potential and encouraged increased visitation and length of stay. Meinhardt prepared a comprehensive updated master plan for the development of a unique tourist and community precinct focusing on the harbour and adjoining public land. Key features of the plan include new public access to the water’s edge, small commercial and community facilities to take advantage of the superb views and setting, upgraded marine infrastructure including boat ramps, trailer parking, harbour works yard, and improved parking and road networks.

There was targeted stakeholder engagement to determine issues and opportunities. Liason with Council Departments and Statutory bodies. Presented of issues and opportunities to Council and stakeholders and confirm parameters for preparation of options. Prepared an Implementation Plan focusing on planning issues to be considered in order to deliver the preferred option (ie. advice on statutory and nonstatutory measures required). Meinhardt also provided implementation advice to Council to progress Masterplanning of the harbour.

flexible to council’s expectations by ensuring that

issues were thoroughly investigated prior to any formal

feedback and advice provided was further explored,

recommendations being made. I was really impressed

understood and represented in the final reports. I

with your ability to present what is an extremely

particularly appreciated the discussion of new ideas

complex planning proposition in a way that was easy

and thinking brought by the project team and the

for Councillors and residents to understand. I also

genuine interest shown in understanding the unique

appreciated your flexibility through the process as the

challenges, opportunities and possible outcomes to

scope of the project evolved and as new issues were

be explored for the benefit of this community. ”

identified. ”

Nathan Misurka, Senior Strategic Planner - Latrobe City

Paul Marsden, Acting Manager City Strategy - City of Kingston

The project team and methodology not only responded to the brief, but remained

The extensive background research that you undertook ensured that all of the key

Council Capability Statement | Coastal Planning Services

When you come to Meinhardt you get new ideas that work. It is what we call ‘Practical Imagination’. Meinhardt is a multi-disciplinary engineering and professional technical services consulting firm. Formed in Australia in 1955, our Australian business operates throughout the country and internationally with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Perth.

We are part of the Meinhardt Group of more than 30 offices in 5 continents across the globe. We place great emphasis on collaboration and share and transfer knowledge, expertise and resources between offices.

Our Team

Tom Harrington State Leader, Land Development Associate Director Planning Tom is a qualified Town Planner with 16 years experience leading planning projects in urban, growth area, and regional environments. Tom regularly co-ordinates multi-discipline teams, drawing on his advanced strategic planning, statutory planning, stakeholder management, and project management skills. Tom has considerable understanding and experience in utilising the Victoria Planning Provisions as well as other planning systems across Australia. Tom has represented a range of public and private clients at Planning Panel, and has held senior strategic and statutory planning positions at Urbis Pty Ltd, Boroondara Council, and Murrindindi Shire Council in Victoria. Tom brings strong relationships within Local Government and the development industry in Victoria built upon the delivery of planning projects across a wide variety of sectors.


Level 11, 501 Swanston Street Melbourne 3000 Victoria t: (61-3) 8676 1200 f: (61-3) 8676 1201

Essen Joseph Senior Planner Planning Essen is a Senior Planner, with extensive experience in both Strategic and Statutory Planning. Essen specialises in preparing Structure and Precinct Plans, strategic studies, Amendments, drafting of policy and planning controls (design parameters, natural hazard mitigation, land use requirements, etcetera), and large scale statutory applications. He also has strong competencies in presenting to Planning Panels Victoria, and has a proven record of navigating challenging negotiations. As part of strategic planning projects, Essen has undertaken various forms of community consultation, including presentations, drop in sessions, and workshops. Essen has presented to Councils and the community with regularity, chaired numerous meetings (including project control groups and pre-application proposals), and consistently negotiated positive outcomes that meet public and private needs. He has also been involved in a range of interdisciplinary activities, including for an urban renewal initiative, and a Local Disaster Coordination Centre (Cyclone Marcia in Central Queensland.) Essen is highly adaptable and brings both a broad perspective and an affinity for detail.

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