Welcome to Katrina Burbidge, Principal Planner

by | Jun 20, 2019

As we move into our 10th year, we are excited to announce the expansion of our team to include Katrina Burbidge, Principal Planner who is highly regarded planner with over twenty years experience. Welcome Katrina to the Locale team. Katrina complements our existing planning expertise and knowledge.

Her breadth of experience makes her a well-rounded professional capable of leading teams across a range of projects such as rural and regional planning, economic development plans, growth management plans, local strategic planning statements, feasibility studies, social impact assessments, local environmental plan, development control plans, visual assessments, master planning and urban design.

In this update we want to share with you a bit more about our newest team member.

What attracted you to Locale Consulting?

Steve and Emma are very passionate and focused, and I wanted to be part of a company that has the same values as I do.  I firmly believe in a collaborative and regionally focused approach and the teams’ knowledge of regional NSW and problem-solving approach attracted me instantly.

Why are you passionate about regional NSW?

As a local resident, I want my son to grow up in an area that has a found a balance between the natural and built environments.  We live here for its natural beauty and its fantastic community. However, our built environments are places of constant social and political change. I believe regional NSW can find this balance whilst still providing opportunities for people to invest and visit.

Tell us more about your planning background. 

I have a broad range of experience in local and State government as well as private consultancy and international experience.  Before joining Locale Consulting I worked for the Department of Planning and Environment. During this time, I was the Manager Regional Planning, Northern, and developed the North Coast Regional Plan 2036 and New England North West Regional Plan 2036.  I have worked in Sydney as well as regional NSW and have excellent communication skills and I love what I do!

What are the big issues in regional planning at the moment?

Regional NSW is an extremely large area and each region has its own unique issues and opportunities.  The North Coast will continue to struggle to find a balance between the natural and built environment as well as coastal processes and primary production.

Discovering niche markets that attract invest opportunities in Regional NSW can be difficult. Bringing together planning and investment to focus on growing jobs and economic activity in regional NSW will be important looking into the future.  Sustainable technologies and systems to reduce energy consumption, manage water cycling and minimise effects which damage the natural environment is also providing many regional areas with greater opportunities.

What are you excited about for this year?

I really love coming to work each day, as part of this innovative team and use my skills to continue the fantastic work they do here. I am particularly looking forward to collaborating with our clients to find solutions for addressing complex regional challenges.

You can contact Katrina by phone or email to discuss your project needs: 

Katrina Burbidge

Principal Planner

T     0403 037 704

E     katrina@localeconsulting.com.au

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