Project Examples


reel planning - queensland projects



devleopment applications

We regularly work with and manage a range of consultants across the State in the preparation, lodgement and management of development applications. The diversity of our work, both in development type and location, means we have the experience and contacts in the private and public sector to improve your development approval prospects.

  • 1. 56 Victoria Avenue, Chelmer on behalf of NuVision Developments Pty Ltd C/- Kerdic Homes
Development approval was obtained from Brisbane City Council in August 2018 for the rotating, repositioning and refurbishment a substantial character house in Chelmer as well as the further subdivision of the balance of the land for two additional dwellings. The development allowed for the traditional front elevation of the dwelling, which due to historical subdivision was directed to the rear of the lot, to be rotated and reinstated so that it could make a positive contribution to the traditional streetscape of Victoria Avenue. The subdivision component of the development created two additional, substantial residential lots and two new dwellings that were carefully designed to comply with the Traditional Building Character provisions of City Plan 2014. The result was a development that integrated seamlessly with the traditional built form, leafy character and subdivision pattern of the suburb of Chelmer.

  • 2. Ambrose Treacy College, Indooroopilly – Addition of Secondary School.
Reel Planning has been assisting Ambrose Treacy College (formerly Nudgee Junior College) with various development projects since 2005. The latest major project has been the transformation of the college to accommodate a secondary school. The project commenced in 2012 with a development application for the refurbishment of the heritage listed Edmund Rice Building and since has included various staged applications for new flexible learning spaces, library, sporting facilities and major infrastructure upgrades. The final stages of the project were nearing completion in 2018. The college site was subject to various town planning constraints including flooding, vegetation and significant external roadworks and infrastructure upgrades that required Reel Planning to assist with the coordination of a team of consultants and to maintain a positive and productive relationship with Brisbane City Council for over 6 years.

  • 3. Farnborough, Yeppoon – Neighbourhood Centre, including Service Station and Child Care Centre
Reel Planning secured development approval for several commercial uses, in addition to a childcare centre, service station and indoor sport and recreation facility, within a new integrated neighbourhood centre. The site was in the Rural zone, approximately six kilometres north of the Yeppoon principle centre. Securing development approval required the management of a multi-disciplinary consultant team and extensive consultation with Livingstone Shire Council regarding environmental, economic and infrastructure matters. The result is a development that will serve the current and emergent needs of the community, particularly to the north of Yeppoon that is earmarked for future growth.

  • 4. Livingstone Cemetery Infrastructure Designation
  • 5. Jindalee DFO Expansion
  • 6. Inala Sake Rink
  • 7. Steel Storage Upper Coomera
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Expert Witness

The Body Corporate for Lindor Community Titles Scheme 29204 and Planit Consulting Pty Ltd v Gold Coast City Council and Komune Pty Ltd (Appeal No. 2230 of 2017)

Greg Ovenden was engaged as the town planning expert witness on behalf of Gold Coast City Council in this appeal. The matter was a submitter appeal against the approval of a high rise, mixed use development in Coolangatta. During the proceedings Greg assisted Council in identifying significant conflict with the 2003 and 2016 Gold Coast Planning Schemes and as a result Council no longer supported the approval and was of the opinion the appeal should be allowed. In his judgement of 30 November 2018, Judge Rackemann ordered the appeal to be allowed and the development application refused on the basis that the proposal significantly conflicts with a number of provisions of the 2003 and 2016 planning scheme and did not consider that there were sufficient grounds to justify approval notwithstanding the conflict.

planning schemes

Recognising our strong regional presence and experience, we were engaged to prepare the following planning scheme:

  • Weipa Town Planning Scheme 2019
  • South Burnett Regional Council Planning Scheme 2017
  • Cook Shire Planning Scheme 2017
  • Gympie Regional Council Planning Scheme 2013
We are also currently reviewing Barcaldine Regional Council’s draft planning scheme, which is a template scheme being prepared by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.


master plans/laps/structure plans

  • Lakelands LAP
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LG Work & Services

Since 2005 Reel Planning has provided development assessment services to a wide range of local governments throughout Queensland. We pride ourselves on our understanding of matters affecting local government in regional Queensland, bringing to the table an extensive working knowledge on agricultural land issues, extractive industry, intensive animal industries, mining accommodation, subdivision matters, the role and function of town centres and the importance of the industrial sector.

For over five years we have assisted Torres Shire Council with the assessment of their development applications and provision of advice. We have also assisted Council with preparing Council initiated development application, updating Heritage Register, preparing a standard conditions package plus drafting briefs for the planning studies to underpin the new planning scheme.

Since 2015 we have assisted Central Highlands Regional Council with in-house contracts, with our Central Queensland based planners helping Council assess development applications during periods of staff shortage. We have also assisted Council with the project management of a significant new rural industrial development, and the preparation of a standard suite of conditions to be implement by Council’s planning officers.

We assist Weipa Town Authority (since 2017), Barcaldine Regional Council (since 2017) and Longreach Regional Council (since 2019), on an on-going basis, acting as their principal town planning consultant. This involves assisting Council with all matters an in-house town planner would normally fulfil.

For over ten years we have assisted Cook Shire Council with their day to day planning queries as well as assessing a wide range of development applications in Cooktown, Lakeland and across Cape York. This has led to the occasional planning assistance in adjoining Hopevale and Wujul Wujul Aboriginal councils.

In recent years, we have provided town planning development assessment and advice services to many other councils, including:
  • Banana Shire Council
  • Balonne Shire Council
  • Croydon Shire Council
  • Livingstone Shire Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Mt Isa City Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council
  • Redland City Council