Timeliness, accountability, loyalty, honesty, and integrity are values that are embodied in the way that we approach our role and relationship with clients. We pride ourselves in the streamlined delivery of our projects and ease to do business with, and are front footed and proactive in how we do our work and deliver our projects.
The understanding of our client’s timeframes and objectives is the cornerstone to how we approach our projects - enabling us to deliver practical and pragmatic advice that achieves certainty around commercial outcomes.
As town planners, we rely on our strong professional networks and considerable experience in the regions to assemble and tailor multidisciplinary teams to deliver our client’s projects. We regularly partner with surveyors, architects and building designers, lawyers, economists and valuers, and other town planners to seamlessly deliver complex projects. These relationships mean we can offer a complete range of services that are specifically tailored to specific planning issues or challenges.
We take professional development seriously, and are on the front foot with the latest in planning reform and policy change. We encourage our staff to volunteer on the boards and committees of community, industry and sporting not-for-profit organisations as we genuinely believe in contributing to the community in which we live and work.
Our team is successful because of the enthusiasm, complimentary skill sets and genuine desire of our planners to deliver great outcomes.
Our team is lead by town planner George Milford and coordinated by business operations manager Nicole Quinton, and includes:
Principal and Director
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.
George’s direct email address is email@example.com
Business Operations Manager
Nicole is responsible for the financial management, coordination, compliance, quality assurance and general smooth operation administration of Milford Planning.
Nicole grew up in the small town of Tully, where she initially gained development industry experience as a building services assistant for the Cardwell Shire Council (now Cassowary Coast Regional Council) in their Building and Planning Department. In this role, she developed extensive knowledge of building Codes, Regulations, Laws and general development practices.
In 2008, she moved to Townsville and commence employment with our firm as Office Administrator. Since then, Nicole’s role has evolved significantly to include financial management, assisting with business development, human resources and complex administration tasks relating to our planning and development services.
Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, camping trips with her friends and exploring the outdoors.
Nicole direct email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sarah is currently a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Sarah’s direct email address is email@example.com
Tom completed his Bachelor of Planning at James Cook University in 2014. After Graduating, Tom worked as a town planner in Papua New Guinea before returning to Australia and joining the Milford team in 2017.
Tom has extensive experience in land use and development planning, having been involved in a range of projects in PNG including the preparation of both strategic development plans and development applications for large scale subdivisions and site-specific developments.
Tom’s expertise is focused on strategic planning, development assessment, statutory planning, environmental management, natural resource management and population economics. Using his knowledge in these fields, Tom is committed to achieving planning outcomes that contribute to sustainable development, quality urban design outcomes, economic prosperity, social cohesion and longevity.
When not at work, Tom is usually fishing the shoals of Magnetic Island.
Tom’s direct email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Matteo joined the Milford Planning team in 2016 during the final year of his Bachelor of Planning (Honours) degree at James Cook University.
In 2017, Matteo’s thesis was nominated by James Cook University for the Minister’s Town Planning Prize. His thesis titled ‘Advancing the Utilisation of Public Transport in Townsville: Changing Community Attitudes and Behaviour’, was assessed by the State, and was awarded both a University Prize for the best research project from James Cook University, as well as being awarded the overall winner for the State of Queensland of the 2017 Minister’s Town Planning Prize.
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. Matteo has obtained an extensive knowledge of the local area, in both rural and urban environments.
Throughout his education and developing experience in the industry, Matteo has gained valuable skills in the following areas:
- Urban geography and design, including sustainable development and tropical geography while studying in Singapore;
- Planning legislation, including preparation of development applications under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the Planning Act 2016;
- Development assessment through the preparation of development application reports for residential, commercial, and industrial developments;
- Provision of advice derived from spatial analysis to assist and inform decision making;
- Undertaking mapping in accordance with legislative, conceptual and client requirements;
- Development assessment services at a local government level; and
- Community engagement and consultation.
Outside of the workplace, Matteo enjoys travelling to explore and learn as much as possible about new destinations.
Matteo’s direct email address is email@example.com
Having lived in north QLD for over 20 years, Kellie, a qualified town planner, has worked in the development and construction industry since 2004.
Working for local governments and in both a large international consultancy and smaller boutique planning firm, Kellie has extensive experience in the successful delivery and ongoing management assistance for a wide variety of urban and rural developments, commercial and industrial, infrastructure servicing projects, environmental approvals, natural resource management, energy and mining sector projects and most recently health infrastructure projects within both the private and government sectors throughout North Queensland and Hunter Valley region of NSW.
Alongside her planning career and prior to moving to Townsville in 2015, Kellie was an Assistant Project Manager/Contracts Administrator for a medium sized civil construction firm that serviced clients within all 3 tiers of Government (DFA, Ergon Energy, Councils) and private sector clients such as Xstrata Coal. She also owned cattle and cane farming properties in the Tully district.
When not being a soccer and footy mum, Kellie is a passionate Cowboys fan, a voracious reader of all genres, lover of camping and boating and a yoga teacher.
Meredith holds Bachelor degrees in both Business and Commerce, and has recently completed a Masters degree in Tropical Urban and Regional Planning. Meredith joined the Milford Planning team during her final year of study and has developed a special interest in commercial and industrial development.
For more than 10 years, Meredith successfully ran a number of small businesses within the Townsville and Burdekin region, employing up to 60 people at any one time. After selling her businesses, Meredith worked within a boutique engineering firm in the capacity of financial management and quality control.
Meredith feels very strongly about community building and has been heavily involved with Townsville Rotary clubs. She has held various committee and board positions within several not-for-profit organisations and is passionate about giving back to the local community.
Abbey joined the Milford Planning team in late 2017 as a student planner whilst undertaking her studies at James Cook University. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Planning (Honours), Abbey’s role was expanded to a full time position in late 2020, where she has since been able to significantly advance her skillset under the guidance of the other planners.
Throughout her years at Milford Planning, Abbey has gained a particular interest in geographic information systems (GIS) and has been able to progress her mapping skills significantly. This skillset has allowed her to provide clients with the flexibility of customisable layout and operational plans that look professional and are cost effective. In addition to GIS programs, Abbey has also been able to expand her network within the industry and has gained multiple valuable connections as a result.
Over the recent years outside of work, Abbey has been fortunate enough to travel overseas to several countries including Spain, Japan, East Africa, Egypt, Jordan and Dubai. With such a passion for travel, Abbey was grateful to also be able to travel to Singapore as part of her degree, where she conducted research on green spaces and had a particular interest in how culture and heritage interact with planning.
Abbey is currently a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Our firm, with the support of the James Cook University, strives to constantly employ student planners under our internship program. This paid program has been developed to provide students with practical planning experience within the industry while supporting and promoting personal and professional growth. This is our way of contributing to the next generation of planners for our region. It also helps our firm cultivate a supply of confident, well-adjusted and experienced graduate planners, and also deliver our planning services in a cost-effective manner. Our current student planners are profiled below.
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.
Working with Milford Planning
We would love to hear from you if you are interested in working with us and you think you have the skills, background, expertise and enthusiasm that would be complimentary to our firm.
Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself and provide a copy of your resume.