- Bachelor of Planning (BP)
James is a qualified town planner, having completed a Bachelor of Planning degree at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville, North Queensland, graduating in 2018. His studies at JCU involved a number of practical courses including Indigenous Environmental Management in the Daintree Rainforest, Environmental and Regional Planning on Orpheus Island and Urban Design in Venice, Italy.
To complete his degree, James completed a project on the benefits which entertainment precincts have on urban centres, focusing on new developments within the Townsville CBD. James started his planning career whilst still a student, working in the private sector for building certification company, Devcert. In this role he provided planning advice for an array of residential, commercial and industrial projects in a range of local government areas in urban and regional Queensland.
In addition to assessing proposed developments against the relevant planning requirements, this position also allowed James to understand and implement building legislation, such as the Queensland Development Code. After living in Townsville for 11 years, and with family living in the Brisbane region, James moved to Toowoomba at the start of 2019 to join the Precinct Urban Planning Team.
Since becoming a member of the Precinct team, James has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience, working on a range of developments from small-scale uses such as Airbnbs, dwellings and offices to large-scale uses such as poultry farms, schools and transport depots. Additionally, James has also worked on significant projects including the redevelopment of the Toowoomba Hospital.