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Planning Officer

Job No: 112296
Location: Kyogle

  • Fantastic opportunity for a recently graduated/early career Planner to build a career with a small, yet highly progressive Council
  • Competitive remuneration package up to $72,000 + super, negotiable with experience
  • Great benefits including relocation assistance, fortnightly RDO's and career progression opportunities
  • Live the dream and work in one of the most sought after and picturesque regions of Australia!

About Kyogle Council

Kyogle comprises a large and diverse region with spectacular natural and cultural attributes, within two hours from Brisbane and one hour from Queensland's Gold Coast and NSW Coastal communities of Byron Bay, Ballina and Tweed Heads. This, combined with a superb climate and a close proximity to all services, education and recreation, makes the Kyogle area an ideal place to live and work.

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About the Opportunity

Due to ongoing growth, Council now has a newly created opportunity for a Planning Officer to join their Planning and Environmental Services Department. This is a full-time, Monday to Friday role, with a fortnightly RDO and occasional overtime.

Reporting to the Planning Services Coordinator, the Planning Officer plays a critical role in delivering planning services to support sustainable economic growth and development in the Kyogle local government area. Some of your day-to-day responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

  • Assessing development applications in accordance with relevant legislation and planning instruments;
  • Assisting in the preparation of strategic and statutory planning documents such as Local Strategic Planning Statements, Local Environmental Plans and Development Control Plans;
  • Carrying out site inspections and monitoring the construction of new development to ensure compliance with approved plans and conditions of development consent; and
  • Preparing reports on development, planning and other matters as required.

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About You

This is a fantastic opportunity for a recent graduate to kick start their career in Planning! 

To be considered for this position you will hold tertiary qualifications in Urban and Regional Planning or similar and have a current, open Driver's License. You will be comfortable working autonomously and have the ability to use your initiative in decision-making as appropriate, in order to free up the Planning Services Coordinator to focus on more strategic planning matters.

Importantly, you will be calm under pressure, with the ability to interact tactfully and effectively with all levels of staff and the public and represent Council in a professional and appropriate manner.

This role would be well-suited to an early career professional who has a genuine interest in living and working in the Kyogle region and a desire to build and grow a career within a small, yet highly progressive, energetic and collaborative Council environment.

About the Benefits

This position is a 'career-graded' position which means professionals at various stages of their career may be assessed as suitable for appointment to this position, depending on their qualifications and experience. 

A competitive remuneration package is on offer between Grade 5 and Grade 7, which equates to a salary up to $72,000 + super. You will also have access to a work vehicle, salary packaging and great penalty rates for any weekend work or overtime. Council also offers employees a fortnightly RDO giving you plenty of time to explore and enjoy all that the Kyogle region has to offer.

Council is also open to discussing relocation assistance with the successful candidate, should you be moving to the region.

With a set vision of 'working together to balance environment, lifestyle and opportunity' - Kyogle Council is serious when it says that it is focused on the wellbeing and growth of its people. 

There are so many things that make Kyogle Council special. The people are passionate about what they do and about improving the community in which they live and work. Attitudes are positive, collaboration is high and tenure is long. Employees are given genuine flexibility where and when needed in order to successfully deliver on their role responsibilities, and ongoing training and career progression opportunities are there for the taking for people with the drive and focus to make it happen.

We mean it when we say opportunities like this don't come around often. If you are looking to kick start your career in planning then don't wait! - Apply Now.


Please note: As part of your application you will be required to attach your resume and a Covering Letter (of no more than 4 pages), which demonstrates your experience, abilities, knowledge and personal qualities to meet the requirements of the role. This will be done by addressing each of the Focus Capabilities listed in the Position Description, in the context of the Schedule of Duties for the role.

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