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Officer - Planning (Development Assessment) (Extended Until...

Careers at Council - Gympie, QLD

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Gympie is at the heart of a rapidly expanding region which stretches from rural valleys in the west to the Cooloola Coast, gateway to spectacular Fraser Island. Enjoy the rural delights of the picturesque Mary Valley, the history of Gympie and the broad western area, home to country festivals and a strong agricultural base. For someone seeking a high quality of life, the region offers a unique opportunity. You could be part of a forward thinking local government organisation with a commitment to continuously improving the services it provides to its 50,000 residents, in one of the most diverse locations in Queensland.

The CBD of Gympie is the central hub to the Gympie region, which is two hours north of Brisbane and in close proximity to the Sunshine and Fraser coasts. Council offices are located in Gympie's town centre close to shopping, cafes and parking.

Officer - Planning (Development Assessment)

Remuneration: This position will be remunerated depending on level of experience, ranging from Level 3.1 currently $70,118p/a to Level 5.3, currently $85,960 p/a , plus 13% superannuation.

Closing Date: Sunday 6 June 2021 at 11.00pm AEST

No late applications will be accepted. Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered. Unsolicited applications from agencies will not be considered.

Role Overview

This position will work as a pivotal part of the Development and Compliance branch of Council to provide timely assessment and decision recommendations for development applications, incorporating the consideration of all relevant agency responses, policy and legislation.

What we are looking for

Gympie Regional Council is seeking a qualified and experienced Planner to work as part of a professional and multifaceted Planning and Development team. As Officer - Planning (Development Assessment), you would be enhancing the liveability and amenity of the Gympie region by appropriately interpreting and implementing Council's Planning Scheme, and ensuring the quality of the built and natural environment is protected whilst encouraging sustainable economic development. Reporting to the Manager - Development and Compliance, you would be responsible for tasks such as:

  • Co-ordinating the assessment of development applications as they are submitted to Council, to ensure compliance with legislated timeframes.
  • Providing timely and consistent decision recommendations on development applications with consideration to the requirements of Council's planning scheme, legislation, policy, and appropriate referral agencies.
  • Interpreting legislation and planning schemes.
  • Providing advice to both internal and external customers on the development application process.
  • Preparing reports for consideration at Council meetings.

To be considered for this role, candidates must have:

  • A degree or post-graduate degree in planning recognised for corporate membership by the Planning Institute of Australia.
  • Demonstrated experience of statutory planning within the public or private sector.
  • Knowledge of statutory requirements relevant to development assessment within Queensland.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret statutory requirements and other assessment instruments relevant to development assessment within Queensland.
  • Communication skill to facilitate the transfer of information on technical planning matters to a wide cross-section of customers.

Candidates with an understanding of the planning issues relevant to the Gympie Region will be highly regarded, as too those candidates who hold qualifications in Natural Resources, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design or similar field.

Position Description

For a full position description containing essential and desirable criteria, please click here.

Who to Contact

For information regarding the requirements of this role, please contact the Manager - Development and Compliance, Tania Stenholm on 5481 0454 or email tania.stenholm@gympie.qld.gov.au

For assistance lodging your application using Council's online system, please contact Council's Senior Advisor - Human Resources, Pip Moir on 07-5481 0778 or email pip.moir@gympie.qld.gov.au

What we offer?

  • Nine day fortnight
  • Access to employee health and well-being programs
  • Fitness Passport: work out at over 25 local gyms for you and your family at a subsidised rate
  • Access to professional development and employee education assistance
  • Long service leave after seven years
  • Generous superannuation scheme 13 per cent
  • Access to salary sacrificing
  • Employee assistance program offering free confidential counselling services for employees and their families.

Our Values

  • Accountable
  • Consistent
  • Appreciative
  • Communicative
  • Respectful

For a full explanation of our values please click here. You will be assessed on your understanding of these values and how you have applied values such as these in your previous employment.

Successful applicants will be required to undertake various checks such as skills, qualifications, reference, medical and national police.

How to apply

Keen to apply? Simply follow the instructions below:

1) Download and review the position description above
2) Complete the information below, as requested (please use an individualised email address as using another person's may effect your application, if you do not have one please follow this link to create a Gmail account)
3) Click 'APPLY'
4) Attach your resume, covering letter and a single document containing copies of your qualifications, licences or tickets as applicable.
5) Click 'NEXT' and 'CONFIRM'

Please note before continuing: It is advisable that you prepare your responses in a separate word or text document, saving your work as you go and that you then copy and paste this prepared information in the form before completing the application process. Please keep your responses to a maximum 300 words for each question.

Applications close on Sunday 30 May 2021 at 11.00pm AEST. No late applications will be accepted. Only applications received via Council's online application system will be considered.