Laura is the current Victorian President of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) and Women’s Planning Network (WPN) Convenor. She has been actively involved in PIA and WPN for many years and have been on the PIA VIC Committee for 2years. Prior to being a Registered Planner and PIA member, she was a certified member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in the UK.
Laura has been a strong voice for PIA and women in the planning profession through her role as VIC President, in addition to being on the VIC Policy and Advocacy Sub-Committee. She have prepared many submissions on behalf of PIA, in addition to representing PIA at Planning Panels (such as Amendment C270 Central City Built Form Review). She has been involved in many recent State Government Reference and Advisory Groups such as the Better Apartment Guidelines Reference Group; Social Housing Renewal Standing Advisory Committee and Fisherman’s Bend Development Industry Engagement Program.
She is also a consultant town planner with experience in statutory and strategic planning for public and private clients, including several years in local government in the UK. Having worked on major development approvals all over Australia, she has detailed knowledge of planning systems and legislation in all states and territories.
Laura’s expertise encompasses large-scale, complex projects across a wide range of sectors, including growth area frameworks; structure plans; policy/zone review; and re-zoning requests for many green wedge proposals; in addition to inner city and greenfield developments for high-density mixed-use; multi-unit residential; commercial and industrial; heritage; retirement living; national retail and petroleum / fast food rollouts, and waste recovery centres.