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Strategic Planner

Richmond Valley Council

Date posted: May 29, 2024

Closes: Nov 30, 2024

Plan your future at RVC 

The primary purpose of the role is to ensure that Council’s strategic planning documents, policies and land management plans are prepared efficiently and effectively in accordance with best practice and statutory requirements.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Prepare, develop and contribute to high level documentation related to development control plans, local environmental plans and local strategic planning statements in line with Council’s strategic objectives.
  • Represent Council as an expert witness on planning, environmental and heritage matters in relation to litigation and appeals through the Local and Land and Environment Courts.
  • Establish and contribute to investigations on potential planning, environmental and heritage related matters and developing reports as required.
  • Provide advice and resolve issues on development and strategic planning related matters, supporting decision making with stakeholders.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement processes for the effective management of projects and service delivery.
  • Assess and process rezoning applications and enquiries according to Council’s strategies, policies and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

We are looking for someone who 

  • Can exercise independent judgement and recommendations based on synthesis of a variety of conflicting views and policy/legal requirements in resolving issues of high sensitivity and / or complex operational challenges.
  • Works well in a team environment.
  • Communicates, influences & negotiates effectively with both internal and external stakeholders in the delivery of key services.
  • Provides specialist advice to stakeholders on major areas of policy or issues of significance to Council.

We are seeking someone who has or is willing to obtain:

  • Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning or equivalent AND 5 years’ experience in a related environment
  • Safework Construction Induction Certificate (WHS White Card)

About the Role

Full time: 70-hour fortnight

Salary: Range from $87,422 to $100,536 pa + 11% super

Role Description: Click Here

Contact: Tony McAteer, Strategic Land Use Planner - (02) 6660 0276


About Richmond Valley

The Richmond Valley LGA is the base of the Northern Rivers region of NSW. The area is around three hours from Brisbane and less than an hour to Byron Bay. Richmond Valley and our surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful and desired in the country. Why wait in bumper-to-bumper traffic when you can drive past the gorgeous beaches, through rolling hills and fully embrace the benefits of regional living. Your "office" will range from beautiful coastal villages and country towns to vast fertile farmlands. 

Richmond Valley has a generous Leave Management Policy including three weeks sick leave, compassionate leave, and volunteer leave to name a few. Our Health & Wellbeing Program includes Fitness Passports, free yoga each week, free meditation and a fun Health & Wellbeing Day alongside many other initiatives.

We are a strong believer in developing those who want to learn more, master their field or enter a new one, our Learning & Development strategy supports professional growth that aligns to organisational need. Leadership is very important to Richmond Valley, and we invest every year in our Leadership team with the aim of making all staff at Council empowered and engaged.

Please visit Working With Us for more detail regarding benefits Richmond Valley Council has to offer and here for more information about the Regional Job Precincts.


Our Values

Integrity and Passion

The Way We Do Business

We lead by example. We take responsibility. We do what we say. We embrace change. We are community focused. We are in this together

To Apply


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  1. Please review the role description, outlining the key responsibilities and requirements of the role.
  2. We encourage you to speak with the contact person listed above to understand whether this is the right role for you.
  3. Complete the questions below, demonstrating your skill, experience and interpersonal suitability for the role. Click "Next".
  4. Attach your resume. (You may also attach a cover letter).  The names of your documents should not contain any characters other than letters, numbers and spaces. Click "Next".
  5. Review your application to ensure everything is correct. Click "Confirm" to submit your application.


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