Our team is successful because of the enthusiasm, complimentary skill sets, and genuine desire of our planners to deliver great outcomes.
George has a diverse and colourful breadth of experience in both design and urban and regional planning. Educated at the University of Queensland, George completed a Bachelor of Design Studies 2003 and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning 2005.
George is the sole director and principal of Milford Planning, which has evolved from the successful firm Wolter Rowlands Town Planning Group, established by George in conjunction with Wolter Consulting Group (Brisbane) and Rowlands Surveys (Townsville) in 2007.
Prior to this he was a town planner for the Cardwell Shire, based in Tully, Far North Queensland.
George has been an active member of the Planning Institute of Australia, and is involved in the Townsville Chamber of Commerce, Townsville Enterprise, North Queensland Club and Urban and Development Institute of Australia. He is a member of Townsville City Council’s Industry Reference Group, and has been on the board of Townsville’s WNBL team the JCU Townsville Fire since 2014.
Senior Town Planner
Sarah Jones has been a practicing town planner internationally since 1998, and moved to Townsville in 2007.
Sarah has joined the Milford Planning team in 2016, having broadened her professional experience to encompass project management and development marketing and sales with a local development group.
Sarah has broad experience in both the Local Government and private consultancy sectors, and holds university qualifications in urban and regional planning. Sarah is an experienced consultant planner who has successfully managed a diverse portfolio of clients, along with residential, commercial, industrial and masterplanned developments from stakeholder engagement, through to construction and delivery to the market.
Sarah has practiced in all areas of town planning and during her career has developed a specific interest in client and approvals management and delivering sustainable development solutions and outcomes for clients and the broader community.
Senior Town Planner
Matteo has been a part of the Milford Planning team since 2016 when he joined as a
Student Planner during the final year of his Bachelor of Planning (Honours) degree at
James Cook University. Since being appointed a Town Planner in October 2016, Matteo
has been involved in an expansive range of planning projects and has developed an
extensive knowledge of both the profession and the region.
During his time in the profession he has worked with local government to prepare and
implement new planning schemes, completed development assessment work for local
government, worked with developers to secure development approvals for major projects
in the region, and worked to develop and implement operational improvements within
Matteo grew up on a sugarcane farm in the Burdekin, where he worked as a farmhand on
a part time basis while completing his education. This background, coupled with his
professional work within the region, has resulted in a comprehensive understanding of our
rural and urban environments.
Senior Town Planner
Paul joined the Milford Planning team in 2023 after many years of experience planning in North and Far North Queensland.
With a keen strategic mind, Paul brings 19 years of diverse local government experience – with expertise in complex development assessment, strategic planning project delivery, statutory plan development, and business management. Paul cares for the local building and construction industry and loves seeing new projects, whether it’s a family home or a multi-storey resort, get off the ground and share the economic benefits across the community.
Frances is a Town Planner with a broad range of experience in both the private and public sector.
After completing a Bachelor of Planning (Honours) at James Cook University, Frances worked as a town planner within a large consulting firm within the region. Frances gained experience in developing and implementing environmental and planning strategies and obtaining approvals from a Commonwealth, State and local government level. During this time Frances predominantly worked on renewable energy, transport and water infrastructure projects.
Frances’ time working in local government has provided her an opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of the development assessment and compliance processes.
Frances joined the Milford Planning team in 2021.
In her free time, Frances enjoys playing Ultimate Disc and spending time with her friends and family.
Lachlan joined Milford Planning in February 2022, undertaking the role of a Student Planner, whilst completing his final year of study in a Bachelor of Planning at James Cook University. Following completion of his studies, Lachlan transitioned into a Graduate Town Planner role before becoming a Town Planner in September 2023.
Lachlan is looking forward to continuing to progress his all round planning capabilities in the local and regional spaces, under the guidance of the Milford Planning team.
When not working, Lachlan enjoys spending time with friends and family, and will often spend his spare time fishing in and around the Townsville region.
Amanda is a Townsville local who has taken on the role within Milford Planning as the Office Administrator in 2022.
Amanda is our first point of contact when contacting Milford Planning via phone or email.
Amanda has seen the central Queensland roads many times whilst working in the coal field industry as an operator, to then settling back to full time work within the Queensland Health Sector for the past eight years. She has come to Milford Planning with a broad range of skills, professionalism, and personality to drive our office efficiently with positiveness to succeed for our clients.
In Amanda’s free time she enjoys adventuring around the city with her family and friends grabbing a coffee or a good glass of red.
We strive to constantly employ student planners to provide practical planning experience within the industry, and support and promote personal and professional growth.
This is our way of contributing to the next generation of planners for our region. It also helps our firm, with the support of James Cook University, cultivate a supply of confident, well adjusted, and experienced graduate planners, whilst delivering our planning services in a cost effective manner.
Presently, Regina is studying a Bachelor of Planning at James Cook University and has joined Milford Planning as a Student Planner early 2021. She looks forward to gaining experience and developing professional skills with Milford Planning.
In her free time, Regina enjoys learning new languages including Japanese and Korean, and enjoys playing piano and creating art. Regina is fluent in English, Cambodian, and is proficient in Japanese.
Originally from Townsville, Macy relocated to Brisbane to undertake a Bachelor of Urban Development at QUT, and has returned to complete her final year remotely while taking on a student position at Milford Planning. She is eager to explore the practical applications of her studies in the real world and engage with a broad range of projects under the guidance of the Milford Planning team.
As a young girl, Macy spent time living in Hong Kong, and travelling through Asia, to countries such as China, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore, as well as France and Monaco. It was during this time that her interest in the built environment first began. Though her studies and a global pandemic have held her back, she hopes to continue travelling in the near future. In her free time, Macy enjoys studying languages, creating art, and spending time with her friends, family, and her dogs.
Henry is studying a Bachelor of Planning at James Cook University and joined Milford Planning as a Student Planner in late 2022. He is looking forward to learning how the planning system works in practice and furthering his knowledge, skills, and professionalism.
When not working, Henry enjoys bushwalking and spending time with family and friends.