GEM Planning Project’s principal, Geraldine Haigh has over 25 years of experience with Urban & Regional Planning, especially Coastal NSW Planning.

Geraldine’s experience stems from time in both Local Government & Private Sector consulting throughout South East Queensland and Northern Coastal New South Wales.

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Early Local Government experience included roles as Chief Town Planner, Strategic Planning Manager, Policy & Development Control, Development Assessment and roles within Council Executive Management Teams.

South East Queensland included roles with a range of firms including larger corporate Environmental Consultancies across Brisbane, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and their hinterlands.

More recent years have been spent on the Mid North Coast of NSW servicing the Development Industry as part of a team of land industry professionals, this included rezoning, environmental studies, ecological offset & forward infrastructure negotiations, greenfield & infill land subdivision, aged housing developments, multi storey & mixed use residential apartments, educational establishments, child care centres, industrial uses, commercial & retail developments and the like.

Professional Membership

Geraldine is a Certified Practicing Planner and Corporate Member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) having joined in 1992, as the Royal Australian Planning Institute. During the 1990’s Geraldine was part of the initial group of planners who formed the North Coast Branch of PIA which is still active.

Geraldine is currently an elected member of the NSW Divisional Committee for PIA and enjoying this new role at State level.

Other current committee memberships include:

Googik Track Committee chaired by Port Macquarie Hastings Council Mayor Mr Peter Besselling in co-operation with the local National Parks and Wildlife Service office

Construction Industry Action Group chaired by Mr Matt Rogers, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Director Development & Environment, Port Macquarie Hastings Council