First listed on: 22 August 2019

Senior Open Space Planner 

About the City
City of Greater Geelong is Victoria’s largest regional municipality providing services to a growing population of 244,000 residents across 1247km2 comprised of urban, suburban, rural and coastal environments located 75km from Melbourne. The spectacular beauty of the natural environment and the creative design and historical significance of its built environment make the municipality a major tourism magnet for local and international visitors.

Our people take pride in their work and are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of residents of the Geelong region. Employees are provided with engaging and rewarding work and a culture of respect and collaboration. On offer are professional development opportunities, flexible working arrangements, parental leave – 14 weeks paid leave, health & wellbeing program, discounted gym memberships at council facilities and the opportunity to be part of a dedicated and professional team, working together for the community.

About the Social Planning & Investment Department

This department is part of our Community Life Division, and is responsible for the management of the City's social infrastructure across community planning, policy development, business development and focused marketing, and the identification and review of future social investment opportunities.

About the Role
This position is pro-active in assisting with the prompt and comprehensive responses to planning referrals, policy and technical advice on a range of Open Space Planning issues.

The position is responsible for monitoring the construction of sport, recreation and open space assets by developers and ensuring the compliance of these assets with planning permit conditions, endorsed landscape plans, section 173 agreements and developer contribution plans.

In addition, the position ensure assets constructed by developers are captured in Council’s corporate asset management systems including the Geographical Information System and Asset Registers.

Some of the key responsibilities in this role, will include:

  1. Leading the provision of recreation and open space input into statutory planning applications and strategic planning initiatives.
  2. Ensuring assets constructed by developers meet agreed Council standards and are captured in Council’s corporate asset management systems including the Geographical Information System and Asset Registers.
  3. Undertaking site inspections of urban and rural land developments and ensuring compliance with relevant planning permit conditions, section 173 agreements, developer contribution plans, endorsed landscape plans and developer maintenance/management agreements.
  4. Assisting in the development and implementation of Council policies and strategies in relation to Recreation and Open Space planning.
  5. Managing, implementing and reporting on Sport, Recreation and Open Space projects being delivered by developers.
  6. Providing strategic advice to the Coordinator and Manager as required.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will require:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Landscape Architecture or a relevant discipline with several years’ experience in recreation and open space planning.
  • Advanced communication/negotiation skills with an ability to represent Council in public forums and to negotiate win-win outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop professional relationships with a wide range of internal and external contacts.
  • Sound knowledge of the Victorian Planning Scheme and its application in open space planning within a Growth Area.
  • A sound contemporary knowledge of recreation and open space planning principles and challenges associated with urban development and population growth.
  • Highly developed project management skills including experience in construction management.

Applications and Enquiries
Click the APPLY NOW button below to submit your application or find out more about this opportunity. 

Enquiries: Alistair Bain | 03 5272 4920 |

Applications close 5:00pm Friday 6 September 2019.

City of Greater Geelong values equal opportunity, fairness and enjoys a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, and people of all other cultural backgrounds.

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