2019 has been a very busy year for the team at City Plan. As the year comes to a close we thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on some of the key highlights from what has been a very busy year.

New Services

As the company has expanded in 2019, we have introduced 2 new services to ensure clients continue to have the tools they require to achieve the best outcomes for their developments. We are happy to now offer accessibility services and data analysis to support our building, planning and heritage teams. These services are available through all our locations.

New Projects

Across our 4 locations over 1200 new projects came to life in 2019. Each one was unique and we were excited to be involved in each one of them. For an insight into some of the work done by each team visit the links below:


Every now and then a really special project comes along that stands out for its design, innovation or purpose within the community. This year 8 projects we have been involved with have won awards recognising these attributes:

  • Building – The Urban Developer Awards 2019, Development of the Year – Urban Regeneration and Excellence in Sustainability for Central Park
  • Heritage – The Urban Developer Awards 2019, Built Projects – City & Regional Scale for Maitland Levee and Riverlink Building
  • Heritage – The National Architecture Awards 2019 – Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design – for Maitland Levee and Riverlink Building
  • Heritage –  The National Architecture Awards 2019 – Award for Public Architecture for Maitland Levee and Riverlink Building
  • Heritage – NSW Architecture Awards 2019 – NSW Architecture Medallion – for Maitland Levee and Riverlink Building
  • Heritage – NSW Architecture Awards 2019 – Sulman Medal for Public Architecture – for Maitland Levee and Riverlink Building
  • Heritage – NSW Architecture Awards 2019 – The Blacket Prize – for Maitland Levee and Riverlink Building
  • Heritage – National Trust Awards 2019, Adaptive Re-use for Fenwick Stone Building project


Our experienced team sit on many different advisory panels and industry committees. This year saw 4 new appointments for the following people:

  • Juliet Grant – reappointed President, PIA NSW
  • Kerime Danis – Secretary General, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation & Presentation (ICIP)
  • Kerime Danis – Expert Member, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Shared Built Heritage
  • Rob Bisley –  Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel (on behalf of Cessnock Council)

New Starters

As we continued to expand, 15 new faces joined the Company. We were excited to welcome the following people:

  • Thirza Bean – Accounts Manager
  • Chris O’Dell – Data Analyst
  • Mark Schofield – Director, Planning
  • Robert Bisley – Associate, Planning (Newcastle)
  • Lucy Langley – Senior Project Planner
  • Mark Stone – Building Regulations Consultant
  • Yvonne Kanti – Project Planner
  • Jonathan Tolentino – Project Planner
  • Hannah Julius – Project Planner
  • Kyrillos Ghaly – Assistant Building Regulation Consultant
  • Chloe Boyd – Assistant Project Planner (Newcastle)
  • Mckenzie Quigg – Assistant Project Planner
  • Meg Willoughby – Senior Administration Assistant
  • Ashley Butler – Administration Assistant (Gosford)
  • Abbie West – Trainee Administration Assistant

In addition to this we had 1 student complete a 3 month internship with our heritage team and 2 high school students do work experience placements.

Employee Milestones

Three team members celebrated service milestones this year. Congratulations to:

  • Chris Michaels – 20 years (building)
  • Kim Bennett – 10 years (administration)
  • Mel Krzus – 10 years (planning)

Staff promotions

We pride ourselves on recognising staff for their efforts and professional achievements. This year the following team members were promoted within their teams:

  • Lotti Wilkinson – Associate, Planning
  • Ashleigh Coombes – Senior Project Planner
  • Zach Nix – Heritage Consultant
  • Olivia Page – Project Planner
  • Theo Wilkinson – Project Planner
  • Rebecca O’Donnell, Project Planner

In addition to this Andrew Lee was approved by the Building Professionals Board as an Accredited A2 Building Surveyor.


City Plan believes in the importance of training/mentoring future industry leaders through various training and development programs. This year 4 of our students completed/graduated from their various degree courses. Congratulations to:

  • Olivia Page
  • Yvonne Kanti
  • Theo Wilkinson
  • Rebecca O’Donnell

And finally the fun stuff…

We believe life can’t be all work and no play. This year we encouraged our staff to participate in a number of community sporting events, team building activities, morning teas and fundraising events. Some of us set personal bests or participated in activities for the first time and all us had a heap of fun as part of a great team effort.

Thank-you to everyone that has made 2019 the year that it was. It has been a great year and we couldn’t have done it without you.