Landplan Australia

About Us

Mr Brewster is a corporate member of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Certified Practising Planner.  

Our environmental experience extends to the Commonwealth and Queensland Environmental Authorities, as well as setting up the Department of Defence environmental assessment unit. This valuable experience is offered as a personal service to you to achieve a win-win solution to your project.

Managing Director: Roger Brewster

Consultancy Planning Experience Summary

Since 1981, Managing Director of Landplan Australia Pty Ltd. environmental planning consulting practice based primarily at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Consulting experience includes planning studies, environmental and economic impact studies for over 800 residential, subdivision (dry and canal), commercial and community development projects. Training and assisting planning staff, setting up assessment procedures and project management.


Bachelor of Science (Melbourne 1967)

Master of Town Planning, (Adelaide 1977)

Grad. Dip. (Project Management) (QUT 1991)

Australian Commercial Pilot Licence

Professional Affiliations:

Corporate Member Planning Institute of Australia and Certified Practising Planner

Bond University PhD Program Fellow and member of the Industry Advisory Committee for the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development in the Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture.

Policy and Planning Studies/Activities

  • Reviews of the Gold Coast City and Albert Shire planning schemes 1982-2008 and leading the RAPI (PIA) input into and submissions to the IPA planning scheme 1997-2003.
  • Facilitation of public meetings and focus groups in planning scheme reviews and applications.
  • Gold Coast City Council Urban Design Advisory Committee and Housing Strategy Steering Committee representing the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).
  • Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage SEQ2001 unit leader providing planning policy input to strategic planning of southeast Queensland.
  • Planning assessments on behalf of Gold Coast City Council for development applications.
  • Gold Coast Regional Aviation Policy Study for Albert and Beaudesert Shires.
  • Development Control Plan studies for The Spit for Gold Coast City Council and  Broadwater development options study for the Gold Coast Waterways Authority.
  • 2002 Boonah Shire Heritage Study – Character Conservation Precinct development controls.
  • As President of the Gold Coast Cohousing Association - research studies and funding applications to Queensland Housing for Community Housing Grants and research Grants
  • PIA State Conference 2001 – Chair of organising committee.
  • Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) Pacific Region Forum Nov 2003 Convenor.
  • As CAP representative for PIA, Tsunami Taskforce workshops in Sri Lanka Mar 05, Dec 05
  • Development of a strategy for Commonwealth Planning Assistance to developing nations. 
Planning Studies for Development Applications
  • Reports for over 750 residential, commercial, industrial, recreational and community facilities.
  • Master Planning studies and development applications for residential canal development at Sovereign Islands and Harbour Town at Gold Coast.
  • Economic Impact Assessments for major shopping centre developments, including population surveys, retail surveys and economic demand analysis.
  • Environmental Impact Assessments for major building projects; industrial, extractive industry and recreation proposals;
  • Environmental Licensing and Management Plans for industrial sites and land development.
  • Acoustic assessment of helicopter operations; hovercraft and floatplane operations.

Other Planning Experience

2012 -  Queensland Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning

Principal Policy Officer in the Flood Response Task Force involved in the Brisbane River Catchment Flood Study

2008 – 2011     Queensland Department of Infrastructure and Planning:

Principal Planner, Greenfield Strategy Implementation Team:

  • Assessment of South East Queensland broadhectare sites for development potential.
  • Involvement in Queensland Q2 Smart State policy initiative, IPA Planning reform agenda briefings; detailed review of Standard Planning Scheme Provisions;

Principal Planner, Priority Infrastructure Plans Team:

  • Review of PIPs for local governments and guides for 2009 new planning legislation

Principal Policy Officer, Climate Change Unit, Growth Management Queensland:

  • Provide policy advice on mitigation and adaptation to State & Local governments
  • COAG National Planning Framework for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • South East Queensland Regional Plan Climate Change Program
  • Toward Q2 Green targets for reduction in CO2 emissions
  • Advice relating to the COAG National Strategy for Energy Efficiency
1980 - 1981     Cameron McNamara Pty Ltd, Brisbane.
Town Planner involved in development projects, including master planning of expansion of township of Alyangula, Groot Eylandt NT for BHP.
1975 - 1979     Commonwealth Department of Environment, Housing and Community Development.

Senior Environmental Officer with the Proposals Assessment Division to administer the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act for Commonwealth areas of responsibility and control including:

  • environmental assessment of major land use oriented projects under the control of the Commonwealth Departments of Administrative Services, Defence, Transport, Health, National Capital Development Commission, Telecom Australia and Australia Post.
  • assessment of Queensland and NSW coal industry projects; and
  • departmental representation on the Foreign Investment Advisory Committee.
  • establishing Memoranda of Understanding with other Commonwealth Departments and with State environmental agencies on the application and procedural aspects of the Environment Legislation.
  • EHCD representation on the Environmental Consultative Group of the Major Airport Needs of Sydney Study. I was responsible for identifying the key environmental and social issues for study at Sydney (KSA) airport and alternative sites; evaluating study findings; reporting to the Minister with recommendations for Commonwealth action
1972 - 1975     Department of Defence Canberra, to establish and direct an environmental assessment unit within the Defence Central Office to undertake assessment of all Defence land uses and works proposals within Australia including:
  • Developing policy and procedures for the Department in environmental matters;
  • interdepartmental liaison and formulation of the Commonwealth environmental protection legislation;
  • preparation of environmental impact statements for Defence housing; training  facilities; major defence training areas; and redevelopment of facilities in urban areas.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Planning Institute

1997 - 2001    President of the Gold Coast Branch of the Planning Institute of Australia (then RAPI).

2002 - 2007   Official representative of PIA for Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) and Coordinator for the South West Pacific CAP Region. Convenor of first Pacific regional forum in 2003. Coordinator for CAP involvement in the Indian Ocean Tsunami recovery planning program in Sri Lanka, organised and participated in the March and December recovery workshops in 2005.


Gold Coast Cohousing Association

1998 - 2005    President of the Gold Coast Cohousing Association, committed to developing a socially sustainable community in the region and promoting the concepts of cohousing and its benefits for privacy and community in housing.


Planning Lecturing

1988 - 1993   Gold Coast Institute of TAFE - Part time lecturer for Advanced Certificate (Real Estate), focusing on planning schemes interpretation and usage.

1996             Queensland University of Technology - Part time lecturer for land development course.

2001-09        Guest lecturer at Griffith and Bond Universities on planning and sustainable development. Lectures focus on the understanding of planning legislation and practical application to a wide range of day-to-day planning scenarios.


Bond University

2009 - 2011   PhD program in the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development.  
                    Topic: Adapting Australian Urban Residential Development to the Oil Constrained Future.


Conferences and Study Tours

1998      Study tour of southern Japan (repeated in 1999), southern England and Paris

2000     Study tours of Tasmania and New Zealand.

2002     Royal Town Planning Institute and CAP forum, Manchester UK as official Australian delegate.

2003     PIA National Congress Adelaide as CAP representative.

2004     PIA National Congress Hobart as CAP representative and speaker on cohousing concept.

                 CAP forum Kuala Lumpur as official Australian delegate and speaker on Pacific region.

                 Study tour of Singapore, Malacca and Penang.

2005      PIA National Congress Melbourne as CAP representative and tsunami workshop organiser.

             Tsunami workshops organiser and participant in Sri Lanka.

             Canadian Institute of Planners Conference, Calgary as Australian CAP representative.

             Study tour of eastern Canadian cities – Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec; and New York. 

             Built Environment Issues in Small Island States, Jamaica as a presenter on disaster recovery planning.

             Study tour of northern Italy including Rome, Florence, Sienna, Venice, and Pisa to evaluate sustainable building.

2006     World Planners Congress and World Urban Forum 3 at Vancouver as a presenter on disaster recovery planning.

2007     Commonwealth Technology Organisation at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as a presenter  on disaster recovery planning    and discussions with UN Habitat in Nairobi on recovery.

2007     Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Peoples Forum at Kampala as a participant

2008     Planning Africa Conference at Johannesburg SA presenting strategy for Commonwealth Planning Assistance to developing nations. Study tour from Cape Town to Durban.

2010      Green Cities Conference, Melbourne.

             West Coast Green Sustainability Conference, San Francisco and ASPO USA World Oil Conference Washington DC.

2011      Wessex Institute international conference on Suustainable Development and Planning, presenting PhD research findings.

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