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The Leading Agenda at The University of Newcastle.
Leading Agenda Series – Stories of Success from Hunter Business Leaders
Barr Planning had the pleasure of hosting the Leading Agenda, our bi-annual event in partnership with the University of Newcastle,…
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Lifeline Op Shop
Barr Planning Supports Lifeline: Ensuring Compliance for a Greater Cause
In the last twelve months Barr Planning has worked with renowned non-for-profit organization, Lifeline, to ensure the compliance of their…
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Barr Planning - Team Day
Barr Planning Team Day
At our annual Team Day, both the Barr Planning Newcastle and Sydney offices convened for a day of learning and…
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Barr Planning New Starters - Simon O'Brien and Kelvin Chu
Welcoming new starters to the Barr Planning team!
As Barr Planning gears up for another year of growth, innovation and exciting projects, we’re thrilled to welcome aboard three…
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Barr Planning client networking event
Celebrating Success: Barr Planning’s Recent Client Event
Barr Planning is delighted to share the success of our recent client event, where we had the privilege of welcoming…
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Barr Planning sponsors of the PIA State Conference
Barr Planning Sponsors the PIA State Conference
The Barr Planning team had a great few days at the NSW Planning Institute of Australia State Conference, which was…
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Margaret Jurd College
Elevating Education: Barr Planning’s Impact
At Barr Planning, we are passionate about planning projects that focus on the education sector throughout the Hunter, Central Coast…
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Lauren Freestone - Aboriginal Artist
Embracing the spirit of NAIDOC week with Aboriginal Artist Lauren Freestone
As we embrace the spirit of NAIDOC week, we are very honoured to have this amazing original artwork by Aboriginal…
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Girls in Property
Supporting the next generation
Recently members of the Barr Planning team have been paying it forward to the next generation, providing high-school students their…
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Samuel Liu - Senior Planner, Barr Planning
Samuel Liu promoted to Senior Planner
Congratulations to Samuel Liu, on his promotion to Senior Planner. Sam joined the Barr Planning team in 2020, working in…
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Stephen Barr - Planning Institute Australia - Registered Planner - EIA
Barr Planning Director, Stephen Barr successfully becomes a Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner
Congratulations to our Director, Stephen Barr on successfully becoming a Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner (REAP). This accreditation from the Planning…
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Googong Hotel - SIA & CIA Preparation for Construction
SIA & CIA Preparation for Construction of the Googong Hotel
Recently our Senior Planner Katrina Walkeralong with Planner Ben Frankish, took a trip to the Canberra region, for an exciting new project…
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Jack Varka
Jack Varka promoted to Project Planner
Congratulations to Jack Varka who has recently been promoted to Project Planner! Jack who works in the Barr Planning Sydney…
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Barr Planning Team
Barr Planning Annual Team Day
This week, we held our annual Barr Planning Team Day with our growing Sydney and Newcastle teams. The day provided…
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Barr Planning - Supporting the next generation of planners
Supporting the next generation of Planners
Welcoming Dylan, Chloe and Ben to the Barr Planning team.  Dylan is a student planner, and is in his third…
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Katrina Walker - Social Impact Assessment Certificate
Congratulations Katrina Walker on receiving her certificate of Social Impact Assessment
Congratulations to our Senior Planner, Katrina Walker on receiving her certificate for Social Impact Assessment. The certificate represents completion of…
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Employment Zones Reform
Employment Zones Reform – What does it mean & how will it impact your project?
The Employment Zone Reforms will see significant changes to our clients and projects located within a business or industrial zone. …
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Barr Planning - Rebecca Johnston Hunter Chapter Committee, Property Council of Australia
Nomination for Rebecca Johnston on the Hunter Chapter Committee, Property Council of Australia
Congratulations to our Director and Planning Manager, Rebecca Johnston on her nomination for the Hunter Chapter Committee for Property Council…
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Professional development with PIA mentoring program
“Everyone should have mentor. I have been fortunate enough to have mentors throughout my career and by being one is…
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Leading Agenda - The Competitive Advantages of Lake Macquarie & The Hunter
Leading Agenda – The Competitive Advantages of Lake Macquarie & The Hunter
A fantastic afternoon hosting our final Leading Agenda for the year. We were fortunate to hear from two insightful speakers,…
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Celebrating World Town Planning Day
Celebrating World Town Planning Day
This week the Barr Planning Newcastle and Sydney teams came together virtually to celebrate, World Town Planning Day, marked each…
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Stephen Barr, Director, Surveyor & Registered Planner
Stephen Barr, Director, Surveyor & Registered Planner
Launching Barr Planning over 7 years ago, Stephen Barr is a registered planner working in greater Newcastle, Sydney and throughout…
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Understanding the Part 5 REF Process
Understanding the Part 5 REF Process
A lesser known aspect of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 is the use of Part 5 Division 5.1,…
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Barr Planning Director, Rebecca Johnston becomes Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner
Barr Planning Director, Rebecca Johnston becomes Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner
Congratulations to the Barr Planning Director, Rebecca Johnston on recently becoming a Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner (REAP). Achieving this through…
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The Rise of Regional Areas & the Availability of Housing in the Hunter Region
Student Planner Role available at Barr Planning
If you are currently a student enrolled in a tertiary course in Urban or Town Planning and have completed at…
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Complying Development Approval received for Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club
Barr Planning is pleased to have recently achieved a complying development approval for Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC).  The approval…
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Building Team Performance - Seize the Future
Encouraging Staff to Continually Learn and Develop New Skills
At Barr Planning we place a strong emphasis on encouraging all our staff to continually learn and develop their skills…
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The Spatial Lab
Working together with The Spatial Lab to provide our Clients with GIS expertise & capabilities
Working alongside The Spatial Lab, we are able to further assist our clients, providing the capabilities of understanding the potential of…
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Circular Economy Roadmap
Launch of the Hunter and Central Coast Circular Economy Roadmap
Thank you to Annie Jiang from Go Circular for the invitation to the launch of the Hunter and Central Coast…
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Celebrating NAIDOC Week
This week, we celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and honour those communities we…
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The Rise of Regional Areas & the Availability of Housing in the Hunter Region
A Barr Planning report and reflection on the current housing market, data collection and the Regional Plans for the ongoing…
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Celebrating Graduations for Jack & Samuel
Congratulations to our Planner and Project Planner Jack Varka and Samuel Liu on their recent graduations from university. Jack has…
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Leading Agenda – Growth & The Future
Last night we held our first Leading Agenda for 2022. Thank you to our speakers Graeme Irwin from St Phillips…
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Barr Planning Strategy Day
We recently brought together our Newcastle and Sydney offices for our annual Team Day. The day allowed us to reflect…
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A Celebration to Thank Our Clients and Our Continual Growth
On Thursday 3rd of March, we hosted an event to celebrate our amazing clients and our continued growth as business.…
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The development of Newcastle and the rise of regional areas – Business Hunter Development Forum
We were thrilled to sponsor the recent Business Hunter Development Forum last Wednesday 6th of April. The event heard from…
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Approval received for new Junior School building for St Phillip’s Christian College Port Stephens
In collaboration with Shac Architects we are thrilled to announce that approval has been received for the development of a…
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Congratulations to Rebecca who has been appointed to partner of Barr Planning
This International Women’s Day we’d like to take the time to congratulate and celebrate Rebecca Johnston, who has recently been…
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Barr Planning expands to Sydney!
We are thrilled to announce our Sydney office space has officially opened! Located in St Leonards on the 11th floor…
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DA approved for Fusion Civil manufacturing facility!
A great result for our client Fusion Civil who recently received approval on their Development Application. With assistance from Barr…
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Congratulations to Samuel Liu on completing his Master of Planning!
We are thrilled to announce our Project Planner, Samuel Liu has completed his Master of Planning at the University of…
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Leaders and the future
Over the last four years Barr Planning and the University of Newcastle have partnered together to provide Leading Agenda events…
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DA approved for expansion of Crema Coffee Garage!
Crema Coffee Garage is a specialty coffee roaster and cafe wholesaler with locations in Newcastle and Brisbane. Products and services…
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The Regional Taskforce set to aid the housing crisis in NSW
The NSW Regions are facing significant housing supply and affordability pressures. This is a result of the impact of COVID-19…
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Free Parking? It doesn’t exist!
When it comes to car parking, someone always pays. Sometimes it is a direct charge to the end user through…
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The causes and effects of affordable housing
Recently, our Project Planner Samuel Liu, who is currently studying a Masters of Planning wrote a report on the causes…
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Another Leading Edge Data Centre approved to be built in Coffs Harbour!
Barr Planning have successfully secured approval for a new Leading Edge Data Centre to be built in the Coffs Harbour…
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Joining the Barr Planning Team full-time with a distinction!
We are excited to announce Kirra Somerville who has been working part-time at Barr Planning will now be joining the…
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An exciting refurbishment for the Business Centre Innovation Space
Working together with Shaddock Architects and Extent Heritage Advisors we are proud to have provided strategic planning advice and work…
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The Role of Leadership in Shaping the Region
Another successful Leading Agenda event held by Barr Property & Planning and The University of Newcastle. This year the focus…
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Another School Building Approved
Barr Property and Planning were delighted to have assisted Heritage College Lake Macquarie with obtaining DA approval for a new…
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Extension to temporary planning measures
While there has been much made in the media recently about delays in the rollout of COVID 19 vaccines in…
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Laura Robinson promoted to Project Planner
Congratulations to Laura Robinson who has recently been promoted to Project Planner! Laura has been an incredible help to the team and…
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Appointed to the Standing Offer Panel of statutory planning services to School Infrastructure NSW
We are excited to announce that Barr Property and Planning have been appointed to the Standing Offer Panel for statutory…
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RDA Orana Inland Growth Summit – 26 February 2021
Recently we attended the Inland Growth Summit in Dubbo, held by RDA Orana. This was a great event to come…
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From DA approval to site visit
As part of a recent strategy day the Barr Property and Planning team had a site visit to the North…
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Leading Agenda – Wednesday 28 October 2020
Guest Speakers: Viv Allanson Chief Executive Officer, Maroba Caring Communities Lee Shearer Chief Executive Officer, Rockwood General Cemetery & Darkinjung…
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Leading Agenda – Wednesday 26 August 2020
Guest Speakers: Morven Cameron Chief Executive Officer, Lake Macquarie City Council Peter Cock Chief Executive Officer, Newcastle Airport
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Leading Agenda – Wednesday 23 October 2019
Leading Agenda - Wednesday 23 October 2019 Guest Speakers: Bernadette Inglis Chief Executive Officer, Newcastle Permanent Professor Alex Zelinsky Vice-Chancellor…
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Leading Agenda – Wednesday 13 September 2017
Guest Speakers: Tim Hanna – Creating Culture Chief Executive Officer, Compassion Australia Graeme Irwin – Maintaining a Vision Group Managing…
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