Sean Dickson - Senior Planner (Development)
Sean Dickson is a Senior Planner in the Development Planning Branch of the Planning and Development Department.
Sean is a fully qualified carpenter and worked for a number of years in the building industry working primarily in residential construction.
Sean started as a Development Planner in 2005 and was promoted to the Senior Development Planner role in 2010.
Sean is happily married to Rose and has three sons. Outside of work, Sean enjoys spending time renovating his home and cycling
Garath Wilson - Senior Planning Officer (Strategic)
Garath Wilson started with Ipswich City Council in January 2016 as a Senior Development Planner in the Development Planning Branch.
Garath has joined the East Team with over 10 years of combined statutory, plan making and project management experience in a range of major planning and infrastructure projects. He has worked in Local Government since 2006 in a variety of land use and advisory planning roles and most recently worked with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council where he led the Strategic Planning team in the development of the Lockyer Valley Planning Scheme.
Garath studied at Griffith University where he was awarded a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning (Hons) and Bachelor of Science (Environment) in which he majored in Environmental Management and Policy. Garath’s honours project reflected his passion for technology and innovation with a keen interest in its contemporary uses in planning as well as how it may impact on our cities and community into the future. It is the variety of planning roles which has given him experience in and shaped his professional interests in Regional and Rural Planning, Master planning and Urban design.
Outside of work, Garath enjoys playing tennis, motorsport, scuba diving and the odd road trip with his wife Leah and their two dogs.
John Adams - City Planner
John Adams is the City Planner and patriarch of Council’s Planning and Development Department.
John is also a proud Ipswichian! Having grown up and still living in ‘god’s own country’ John attended Ipswich State High School back in the day when Adam was a boy. John went on to graduate from the University of Queensland with an Honours Degree in Regional and Town Planning in 1980 before kicking off his career working in a town planning consultancy as a Development Assessment Planner before joining Council in 1981.
In 1987, John was promoted to the role of Council’s Strategic Planning Manager - a position he passionately held for an impressive 21 years before taking on his current position as Council’s City Planner. John is proud of his involvement as the Principal Planner responsible for the Ipswich Heritage Program and most of the strategic planning projects emanating from Council over the past 28 years.
In 2007 John achieved Planning royalty by being elevated to Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, in recognition of his distinguished and lengthy contribution to good planning and to the planning profession including his service as a councillor with the National Trust of Queensland and on the Queensland Heritage Council for multiple terms.
Professionally, John is known for his passion, energy, camaraderie, unrivalled strategic thinking capabilities, his outcomes focus and his special dancing ability. He is well respected amongst his peer group and admired by many who look up to John as a role model.
Beyond all else John is most passionate about his family. John has been married to Chris since 1982 having married on 1 January (New Year ’s Day) after an amazing NYE party at their newly acquired bare Queenslander. He is the proud father of Kathryn, Rebecca and Jessica and father-in-law to Jessie. He’s a seasoned traveller and has extensively visited most parts of Australia, Britain, Europe, the USA, Canada and the Asia/Pacific Region. When he’s not exploring he’s talking about exploring, or participating in or talking about his other not so passive pursuits which include touch football, masters rugby league, canoeing, bush walking, cycling, photography, reading, craft beer, Game of Thrones and most importantly, hanging out with his family.
Lyndon McDonald - Plumbing Inspector
Lyndon McDonald is the newest member to join the Building and Plumbing Branch as a Plumbing Inspector.
He was Born in Narrandera, NSW. Lyndon completed his plumbing trade with the Australian Defence Force (ARMY) in 2001 was discharged from the regular Army in 2011.
He deployed twice to Afghanistan in 2007/2008 and then again in 2009/2010 as a plumber tasked with reconstruction within the Oruzgan Province.
Lyndon has 3 (Three) Children - Lucy 11, Charlie 10 and Oliver 6.
He is a keen golfer, having won his first club championship at the age of 14 and twice representing the Army.
Matthew Smith - Team Coordinator (Plumbing)
Matthew Smith is the Team Coordinator for the Plumbing Team within the Building and Plumbing Branch.
He has recently returned to ICC following 5 years at Lockyer Valley Regional Council as Plumbing Coordinator so he can work closer to his home and family at Yamanto.
Sandeep Nanjappa - Senior Planner (Development)
Sandeep Nanjappa is a Senior Development Planner in the Development Planning Branch of the Planning and Development Department.
Philip Tian - Senior Development Engineer
|Philip has recently joined Council as a Development Engineer, after he worked with Gladstone Regional Council on a similar role for many years.|
Originally born in China, Philip finished his university degree in Shanghai and moved to the United Arab Emirates in pursuit of a professional engineering career.
Philip migrated to Australia in 2006 after getting married to his Filipino wife.
Philip is a keen swimmer. At home, he enjoys reading history books, playing backyard soccer with his young boy and cooking Chinese stir-fries.
Brad Guest - Senior Plumbing Inspector
Brad Guest was raised as a first generation Ipswichian, with parental heritage stemming from New Farm in Brisbane, and has been residing at Karalee with his wife Julie for over 25 years.
Brad attended East Ipswich Primary School and Bundamba High. Brad is a fully qualified Plumber / Drainer and Gas Fitter with many years of experience in a varied mix of domestic and commercial work.
His previous experience includes working as a plumber CDW at Amberley Air Base, Fixit and Cuthberts Plumbing followed by working as a supervisor for a construction company.
Brad commenced work as a Plumbing Inspector for Ipswich City Council in 2007 and became a Senior Plumbing Inspector in 2013.
Brad's interests vary from overseas holidays, raising and training his Ridgeback dogs and competing in many cycling events of both road and mountain nature. While previous interests include golf and jet skiing, Brad also has a little bit of a gourmet streak with a passion for foods.
Peter Clifton - Senior Planner (Environment)
Peter Clifton was born in Zimbabwe and completed his qualifications in South Africa and, depending on who is winning the cricket or rugby on any given day, is Zimbabwean, South African or Australian.
Peter spent the early years of his career in South Africa working for the South African Defence Force and local government as an Environmental Health Officer.
In 2001, Peter and his wife moved to start a new life in Australia. Peter worked for Brisbane City Council as an Environmental Health Officer and later as an Environmental Planner.
In 2009, after many years with Brisbane City Council, Peter made the move to Ipswich City Council and hasn't looked back. He currently holds the position of Senior Planner (Environment) within the Environmental Planning Team.
Peter can be described as a 'cycling enthusiast'. When not on the bike, you will likely find Peter spending time with his family and friends.
Garth Moore - Principal Planner (Strategic Planning)
Garth Moore started his career in planning in Redlands with Gary White in 1984. Since that auspicious introduction to planning Garth spent two and a half years in Brisbane City Council. He then had a stint at private practice in Noosa and in 1989 joined Ipswich City Council with Graham Blowers and John Adams. There began a long and fruitful relationship producing a broad spectrum of innovative and award winning planning projects.
After a relatively short time away, Garth has come back to the ICC family.
During 28 years of practice as a professional planner, both as a consultant planner in the private sector and town planner with local government, he has been involved in a vast array of development applications. These have ranged in complexity from relatively straight forward reconfigurations to highly complex application for shopping centres and tourism resorts.
Garth has been actively engaged in the development of several planning schemes under the Local Government Act, IPA and SPA. He will be assisting the production of our new scheme under the Planning for Queensland's Development Act. Garth brings:
Garth has a BSc in Australian Environmental Studies, a Grad Dip in Urban and Regional Planning and Grad Dip in Urban Design. He is a corporate member of PIA and was inducted as a Fellow of PIA in 2011.
Garth has had the pleasure with his wife Libby to have raised his family of two girls (Christine and Tess) and have resided in the Ipswich area for over 24 years. He says that he has an intimate knowledge, respect and love of this great City.
Jane Kilgour - Team Coordinator (Environment)
Jane Kilgour is the Team Coordinator (Environment) in the Engineering and Environment Branch. After completing her Bachelor of Science (Environment) at Griffith University Jane worked for over 5 years in the private industry for mining companies before commencing her 15 year and counting career in local government.
Jane commenced her appointment with Ipswich in 2004 as Senior Environmental Planner when Ipswich was experiencing a major development boom and was the first environment officer within the department. An additional environmental planner was soon added to the department and over the next few years these environment officers worked on development applications, legislative changes and planning studies generally raising the profile of environment issues within planning.
Following her appointment to Team Coordinator in 2008 Jane has been involved in the selection and training of team members resulting in a dynamic team of 5 environmental professionals whose central motivation remains planning for the environment. Jane has enjoyed the challenge of expanding her professional knowledge in environmental health but planning for the environment remains her central motivation.
Jane enjoys camping on Fraser Island and spending time with her family and friends drinking champagne.
Greg Brown - Plumbing Inspector
Greg Brown is a Plumbing Inspector in the Building and Plumbing Branch. Greg started with the Ipswich City Council in January 2004. He was born in Miles and grew up west of Ipswich.
Greg started his plumbing apprenticeship at 14 years of age at a local Rosewood business. He also ran his own plumbing business for 15 years and spent 10 years working as an underground coalminer in Swanbank and Middlemount.
Greg has been happily married for 31 years, has three sons, one daughter-in-law and one grandchild. His middle son now also works as a plumber in the Ipswich region, his eldest is an electrician and the youngest is a mechanical engineer working in Condamine on a coal seam gas compressor station.
On a personal note Greg enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, water sports, golf and many other outdoor activities.
Mitch Grant - Team Coordinator (Central)
Mitch Grant is a proud Ipswichian with a long family history in Ipswich stretching over five generations. His ancestors have been involved in farming, building, cabinet making, railways and various other professions in the Ipswich region stretching over many years. Having been born, grown up and still living in Ipswich surrounded by most of his extended family, Mitch is incredibly proud of the place he will always think of as ‘home’.
Following his secondary schooling at Ipswich Boys Grammar, Mitch decided to study town planning to further his interests in architecture, construction, the natural environment, sustainability and placemaking. After obtaining a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning with honours from the University of Queensland, Mitch went on to join the team at Council as an Assistant Development Planner in 2007. Over the years at Council Mitch has been involved in a diverse range of projects in a number of teams, and now holds the position of Team Coordinator (Development) within the Central Team, where he is involved in the assessment of development applications in the CBD and central suburbs of Ipswich. He is a passionate person who is always keen to work collaboratively towards achieving high quality, balanced development outcomes.
Mitch and his wife both work at Council, and are the proud parents of two young girls. In his personal time, Mitch enjoys spending time with his family, exploring natural and scenic places, travelling, mountain biking and getting to the beach for a fish or surf.
Michael Simmons - Principal Planner (Development)
Michael Simmons joined Council in 2006 as a part time student planner. Following a stint with Council, Michael took up a full time role with a Brisbane based planning consultancy, during which time he was not only employed as a planning consultant but was also seconded to Brisbane City Council where he worked as a development planner.
Michael returned to Ipswich City Council in 2008 where, after a short period, he was promoted to the position of Senior Development Planner. Michael was appointed to the position of Principal Planner (Development) in January 2015. In his current role, Michael is a valued member of the Development Planning Branch’s leadership team and acts as a support role to each of the Team Coordinators as well as the Development Planning Manager. During his time at Ipswich City Council, Michael has also gained State government experience working with the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning where he was seconded at assist with the rollout of the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA).
Michael is a passionate planning and development professional who has a keen interest in project management, land use planning and fostering good development outcomes. Michael's qualifications include a Bachelor of Built Environment (Urban and Regional Planning) as well as a Diploma in Advanced Management.
On a personal note, Michael is a proud born and raised Ipswich resident. When he is not busy restoring his character house he enjoys spending time in Moreton Bay fishing for snapper (without much luck) and spending time with family and friends.
Linwood Rae - Senior Mapping and Graphics Officer (Technical Systems Support)
Linwood Rae is the Senior Mapping and Graphics Officer (Technical Systems Support) in the Strategic Planning Branch.
Born and raised in Ipswich, Linwood is a 4th generation Ipswichian from Scottish, Irish, English and German ancestry. At a very young age, Linwood showed a promising aptitude for art, which he is continuing to develop.
Linwood was first employed by Council in January 1981 as an apprentice Signwriter. After completing his apprenticeship, he commenced a part time course in Graphic Design at the then Queensland College of Art (QCA) graduating after 7 years with a Bachelor of Graphic Design. Within Council, he soon developed a reputation as a skilled visual communicator, working on numerous and varied projects of Council over the 11 years spent in the Council Sign Shop at the then Thorn Street Depot.
In 1992, Linwood joined the Planning and Development Department as a Graphic Designer in the Planning Branch, continuing to assist in the visual communication requirements of his Branch, Department and Council as a whole.
A shy retiring man, Linwood likes to spend his spare time with while sampling some of Australia's best red wines and single malt whiskeys, listening to classical music, motorcycle and classic car restoration, cooking and consuming spicy food, portraiture painting and gardening including caring for his small collection of bonsai and topiary hedges.
Tanya Jen - Team Coordinator (Cultural Heritage)
A 4th generation Ipswichian on her mother's side of the family, Tanya has a strong interest and connection with Ipswich and its history.
Being the child of a RAAF father, she was born in Malaysia and spent her schooling years at Penrith and Toowoomba before finally settling in Ipswich in 1973.
Tanya started work at the Council in 1983 and spent the first 13 years working at the Ipswich Library as the Secretary to the Library Manager. It was while working at the Library that she developed her interest in local and family history which has led to her career choice today.
In 1996, Tanya joined the Strategic Planning Branch as the Cultural Heritage Officer where she was able to apply her research skills to answer a diverse range of inquiries about the history of Ipswich and its early settlers.
Aaron Katt - Senior Engineering Officer
Aaron Katt was born and raised in Ipswich and has lived in the district his entire life.
Adrian Bulley - Senior Engineering Officer
Adrian Bulley has recently been promoted to the role of Senior Engineering Officer in the Engineering and Environment Branch of the Planning and Development Department.
Adrian is married and has three children: Luke (20); Kate (17) and Peter (12).
Adrian's interests include fly fishing, gardening and photography.
Brett Davey - Development Planning Manager
Brett commenced with Ipswich City Council in June 2002 as a student planner whilst completing his university qualifications.
In February 2011, Brett was appointed to the position of Team Coordinator (West) and promoted to the position of Development Planning Manager in July 2017. Brett is an example of someone who has been able to utilise the knowledge and experience he has gathered through years of moving through the various levels within the Planning and Development Department to achieve a wonderful career in town planning.
In his current role as Manager, Brett heads up the Development Planning Branch (which consists of approximately 40 staff) and reports directly to Council’s City Planner, John Adams.
Brett is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and has qualifications including Bachelor’s Degree in Built Environment (Majoring in Urban and Regional Planning) and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, both from QUT. Brett has an outcomes focus, and has an interest in continuous improvement and staff growth.
On a personal note, Brett has two young daughters and is a proud Ipswichian. He plays hockey, enjoys fishing and cooking, and is infamous around the office for his array of terrible dad jokes.
Dannielle Owen - Team Coordinator (Strategic Planning)
Dannielle Owen commenced with Ipswich City Council in October 2000 as a Strategic Planning Officer. For the last 4 years Dannielle has held the position of Team Coordinator (Strategic Planning).
Dannielle believes the 'glass is always half full' and enjoys spending time at the beach and with her friends and family.
Danny Keenan - Principal Officer (Urban Design and Heritage Conservation)
In November 2009, Danny Keenan joined the Ipswich City Council's Strategic Planning Branch as Centres Strategy Officer.
Danny has a Bachelor of Design Studies and Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) from the University of Queensland, is a registered Architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Gary Ellis - Engineering and Environment Manager
Gary Ellis joined Ipswich City Council over 7 years ago and holds the position of Engineering and Environment Manager. This position heads up the Engineering and Environment Branch in the Planning and Development Department.
Julie Hodge - Team Coordinator (Technical Support)
| Julie Hodge (nee Stokes) has operated in the role of Team Coordinator (Technical Support) for over 7 years with the Ipswich City Council.|
Julie's role is to manage the functions of the Technical Support Team in relation to the assessment of survey plan and naming applications as well as compliance assessment of development applications.
Prior to working with Council, Julie was employed as a Team Coordinator within the Planning Branch of Logan City Council for a period of 14 years.
A little interesting fact: It appears that Julie is distantly related to Sir Donald Bradman on her mother's side and Steve Hart of the Kelly Gang on her father's side.
Mark Denman - Business Support Manager
Mark Denman began his employment with the former Ipswich City Council in February 1976.
Michael Bond - Building and Plumbing Manager
Michael Bond joined Ipswich City Council over 6 years ago and heads up our Building and Plumbing Branch. Michael has over 20 years experience in local government with qualifications in engineering, business administration and sustainable development.
Nick Vass-Bowen - Strategic Planning Manager
Nick Vass-Bowen returned to Ipswich City Council in 2008 and was appointed to the position of Strategic Planning Manager in 2010.
Nicole Yiannou - Finance and Business Support Supervisor
Nicole Yiannou has operated in the role of Finance and Business Support Supervisor since October 2010 within the Planning and Development Department. Nicole's role is to manage the budget, fees and charges, support the department in relation to information systems and general financial functions of the Planning and Development Department.
Nicole studied at the Queensland University of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) in 2009.
Prior to working in the Planning and Development Department, Nicole worked in the Procurement Branch and Finance Management Branch for a combined period of 3 years.
Nicole's interests include cooking which stems from her Greek heritage, home renovations, music, shopping, shopping, shopping (did I mention her love of shopping?).
Peter Harbeck - Principal Development Engineer
As the son of a bank manager, Peter moved around quite a few times during his youth, within rural Victoria and South Australia. His favourite activities during these years were fishing, water skiing and reading (yes, little or no TV in those days!).
The most memorable times were surf fishing in the Coorong, where Mulloway were prize catches, and on the Gippsland lakes and rivers. After graduating from Monash University in 1972, he commenced work with the Housing Commission of Victoria. After 3 1/2 years with the Housing Commission, Peter commenced his Local Government career with the Shire of Hastings on the Mornington Peninsula.
The amalgamation in 1995 presented quite a challenge, along with his involvement with the Master Planned Springfield development. Now with a lot more colleagues and lots of challenges, he continues to enjoy his work in local government engineering.
Ravi Raveenthiran - Principal Development Engineer
Ravi Raveenthiran was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia in 1991.
Tim Foote - Team Coordinator (East)
Tim Foote commenced as a development planner with Council in October 2001 and progressed to the position of Team Coordinator (Development) in the Development Planning Branch in April 2005. Prior to working with ICC, Tim worked for the former Caboolture Shire Council for approximately 3 years.
Tim's family has a long history associated with businesses and community organisations in the Ipswich area and Tim also attended primary and secondary schools in Ipswich.
Tim is married and has two young sons. Outside of work, Tim spends plenty of time working on his farm and his interests include cattle breeding and rugby.