FINDASITE – FIRM PROFILE
Findasite Town Planners was established in 2012 as a Town Planning Firm that offered affordable development solutions to every level of developer. The firm specialises in project management, development compliance, development assessment and project strategy services.
The firm has vast experience in all forms of property development and can offer advice in relation to every aspect of your next project, from individual houses through to high rise projects.
The firm expanded in late 2013 to take on a further Town Planner and began specialising in taking clients “from start to finish”. This included finding development sites, drafting and project managing the development application, compliance with development approval conditions and development strategy.
We have found that our clients appreciate the fact that we aide them throughout the development process and allow them to get the best returns on their investment.
To provide property developers with a precise development strategy which balances cost, time and quality.
Christopher Waning – Managing Director and Town Planner
Background – Christopher has been a Gold Coast resident since 1982 and has seen the Gold Coast expand from a small beach town to an emerging City. He attended The Southport School where he graduated in 1999 and has since spent time living on the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Passionate about experiencing other cultures and lifestyle, Christopher has also resided overseas for a short time, spending time in California, Roi Et in Thailand and Dubai.
Experience – With encouragement from close family and friends, Christopher started his career in Development in 2006. The projects he has undertaken include Luxury Dwellings, Townhouse Complexes and Duplex development throughout the Gold Coast and Logan City. In his free time, Christopher would seek out small to mid-sized development opportunities throughout the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Logan. From there, Christopher developed a growing interest toward Town Planning and commenced study in Planning at QUT. He shortly commenced work with Gold Coast City Council and after 5 years’ employment, Chris ventured out to start his own Planning firm. With strong technical analysis in Statutory Planning, Christopher established Findasite in 2013. The company is emerging as one of the key Consultants in the Planning Industry for Queensland.
Qualification – Bachelor of Business Laws, Bond University; Masters of International Business, University of New England; Graduate Certificate of Urban and Regional Planning, Queensland University of Technology; Masters of Urban Development and Sustainability, Bond University; Diploma of Project Management, TAFE; Justice of the Peace (Qualified)
Stephen Northey – Associate Director and Town Planner
Background – Stephen grew up in the small city of Tauranga in New Zealand. He graduated with a Bachelor Degree (with honours) in Resource and Environmental Planning from Massey University in early 2013. Young at heart, Stephen jumped onto a plane as soon as he graduated and headed to Australia to seek more professional opportunity. A keen sportsman, Stephen enjoys a variety of sports including rugby, cricket and basketball.
Experience – An opportunity for Work Experience at Findasite for two months in 2013, Stephen proved to work autonomously and showed an eagerness to learn and grow as a Town Planning Professional. After having the opportunity to work in partnership with Director Chris Waning from mid-2015, Stephen has become a valued and well respected Planner, as his growing knowledge in Planning has helped educate Planning interns and provide sound Planning advice to clients. His experiences with Development Applications within the Gold Coast and Brisbane Region continues to extend his professional development as a Young Town Planner. Since formalising the partnership with Chris in late 2016, Stephen looks forward to growing a business that is Developers’ preferred advisor.
Qualification – Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning with Honours, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Ping Dalton – Office Manager
Background – Ping grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and attended St Cuthbert’s College. As a graduate at the University of Auckland, she has completed a Bachelors in Planning. An opportunity to attend International Exchange at the University of Birmingham in 2006, Ping developed knowledge in perceiving land use planning from a different political and technical process. A growing interest in Project Management, Ping obtained a Masters’ degree in Engineering Project Management at Griffith University in 2008.
Experience – International exchange allowed Ping to liaise with different government bodies and agencies including the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust, Castle Vale Community Housing Association and the Warwickshire County Council. It also gave her an opportunity to travel Europe and analyse land-use planning from a different perspective. During her last year of Bachelor Studies, Ping was employed as an Assistant Town Planner at CPG Consulting Auckland and continued as a Graduate Town Planner under a scholarship. An opportunity to operate a small business in 2009, Ping was owner and operator of a small business in Surfers Paradise for six years where she developed strong organisation and customer service skills. Her proficiency in Mandarin helped with the success of the business. Since working for Findasite in 2016, her skills have been an asset to the team. Ping continues to develop her Town Planning knowledge with assistance from her team.
Qualification – Bachelor of Planning, University of Auckland; Masters of Engineering Management, Griffith University; Certificate of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham; PIA (Associate) member