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As an experienced multi-disciplinary property development and infrastructure consulting team, and the largest private certifier (subdivisions) in NSW we’re experts in the construction and engineering space. With a client base that covers Metro and Regional NSW we’re constantly staying up to date on changing legislation, planning updates and the latest development trends. Our blog helps keep you, our clients and broader community informed of these along with our own company and team achievements.

Pulver Cooper & Blackley has Amalgamated with Barker Ryan Stewart

Barker Ryan Stewart (BRS) is proud to announce that Pulver Cooper & Blackley (PCB) has amalgamated with our company. Founded in 1930, PCB has a long and established history and is one of the larger providers of surveying, subdivision (planning,… Read More »

Transport for NSW Infrastructure Pipeline

Barker Ryan Stewart’s Managing Director, Glenn Barker recently attended the ‘Infrastructure Pipeline 2024’ industry briefing event held by Transport for NSW at the International Convention Centre. The industry briefing was open to current and future industry partners to help provide… Read More »

Barker Ryan Stewart Supports the Cancer Council and Master Athlete Heather Lee

Inspirational Master Athlete Heather Lee is still achieving goals at 92-years of age

Barker Ryan Stewart would like to congratulate Heather Lee for her outstanding achievements at the Australian Masters Games. Heather competed at the 17th annual Masters Games which were recently held in Adelaide. She broke her existing world records in the… Read More »

Understanding the Strata Subdivision and Complying Development Certification Process

What is Strata Subdivision? Strata subdivision is the subdivision of a building or buildings into smaller cubic spaces, generally units or town houses. Just as a large parcel of land can be subdivided into smaller lots, each with a legal… Read More »

Barker Ryan Stewart Newsletter – Celebrating 10 Years

Keep up to date with the latest BRS news by reading the latest edition of our newsletter.

Barker Ryan Stewart Celebrates 10 Years

Barker Ryan Stewart Kicks New Goals for 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, Glenn Barker, Garry Ryan, and Ian Stewart got together and decided that pooling their skills and forming a team would enable them to offer end-to-end consultancy services for property development and infrastructure projects. As Barker Ryan Stewart,… Read More »

Barker Ryan Stewart Appoints Associates and Discipline Managers

Barker Ryan Stewart is pleased to announce the promotion of six of our talented team members to Associates and Discipline Managers. These appointments reflect our commitment to deliver total project solutions by ensuring we can continue to provide a wealth… Read More »

Coastal Planning

NSW development within coastal management areas must now address the primary coastal planning controls during lodgement of a development application. In conjunction with State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) 2018 which addresses how coastal development must be assessed, the Coastal… Read More »

Barker Ryan Stewart Named a Finalist for the 2019 Telstra Business Awards

Barker Ryan Stewart are excited to announce that we have been named as a finalist in the ‘Medium and Making Waves’ category in this year’s Telstra Business Awards. This category includes businesses with under 200 employees and an annual turnover… Read More »

2019 UDIA NSW Crown Group Awards for Excellence

Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Urban Development

Barker Ryan Stewart would like to congratulate all of the finalists in this year’s UDIA NSW Crown Group Awards for Excellence. The awards recognise the outstanding industry contributions in helping to create cities and communities throughout NSW. We are proud… Read More »

Understanding the State Significant Development Process

The State Significant Development (SSD) process provides an alternate approval pathway for projects or sites that are considered to be of State Significance. At its core, the SSD process enables the assessment of significant projects at the State level, rather… Read More »

Association of Accredited Certifiers Conference 2019

Barker Ryan Stewart’s certification team had the great opportunity of attending this year’s Association of Accredited Certifiers (AAC) conference. The AAC’s annual conference was held on the 7th of June at the Star Casino in Sydney. As always Barker Ryan… Read More »

BRS Newsletter – Autumn 2019 Edition

  BARKER RYAN STEWART NEWSLETTER DIRECTORS NOTE Welcome to BRS’ Autumn 2019 newsletter. In this newsletter the four projects that we feature include the development of community facilities, residential apartments and townhouses, commercial/retail facilities, a medical centre, and childcare centres.… Read More »

The 5 things you need to know about RMS WADs

 1 What is a WAD? A Works Authorisation Deed (WAD) is a formally executed agreement between a property developer and the NSW Roads & Maritime Service (RMS). The agreement enables the developer to undertake roadworks on a State road, and/or… Read More »

UDIA National Awards for Excellence 2019

Barker Ryan Stewart would like to congratulate all of the finalists and winners in this year’s UDIA National Awards for Excellence. The awards recognise innovation, sustainability, industry leadership, and excellence in urban development in both NSW and the ACT. We… Read More »

UDIA Establish Autumn 2019 Article

Barker Ryan Stewart was recently featured in an article published in the UDIA of Queensland Establish Autumn 2019 edition. The article includes an interview with our South East Queensland Manager, Chris Borg about Barker Ryan Stewart’s recent expansion into the… Read More »

Evolution Charity Cup 2019

Barker Ryan Stewart would like to congratulate all the participants involved in this year’s Evolution Charity Cup for helping to raise a massive $100k for the Mark Hughes Foundation to help tackle brain cancer. The corporate tag-team style surfing competition… Read More »

Women in Surveying 2019

On the 6th of March, our surveying team had the great opportunity of attending the Women in Surveying event held by the Association of Consulting Surveyors NSW and the NSW Surveying Taskforce. The event was held in conjunction with the… Read More »

BRS Newsletter – Summer 2018/19 Edition

Keep up to date with the latest BRS news by reading our Summer 2018/19 newsletter.

North West Disability Services’ Opal Cottage Officially Opens

Barker Ryan Stewart would like to congratulate North West Disability Services (NWDS) on the official unveiling of their Opal Cottage in Richmond, NSW. The unveiling ceremony was held on Monday the 25th February, with the CEO of NWDS Deborah Gersbach,… Read More »

New Planning Controls for the Central Coast

Following the amalgamation of Gosford and Wyong Councils in 2016, the newly formed Central Coast Council has now placed on public exhibition consolidated planning controls for the entire region. The new planning controls on exhibition are the draft Central Coast… Read More »

North West Disability Services Award Day

Congratulations to all Recipients at this Year's NWDS Awards Day

Barker Ryan Stewart was invited for our fourth consecutive year to the North West Disability Services (NWDS) annual awards day to assist with handing out achievement awards for 2018. It was a colourful awards ceremony where NWDS clients and their… Read More »

Heather Lee Awarded NSW Senior Australian of the Year

Congratulations to our Heather Lee

Barker Ryan Stewart would like to congratulate Heather Lee on being awarded the 2019 NSW Senior Australian of the Year. Together with Kurt Fernley (NSW Australian of the Year), Jarrod Wheatly (NSW Young Australian of the Year) and Sophie Smith… Read More »

Brisbane Infrastructure Boom

A large infrastructure boom is expected for Brisbane over the next few years

After experiencing a decade of relatively stagnant infrastructure progression, the Financial Review published that Brisbane is set to experience a ‘$15 billion infrastructure boom’ over the next few years. The works tie in with Brisbane City Council’s ‘Long-Term Infrastructure Plan… Read More »

BRS Newsletter – Spring 2018

Read up on the latest on BRS in the BRS Newsletter – Spring 2018 issue

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Gosford, the Quiet Achiever

Spotlight shone on Gosford, the quiet achiever, at the recent PIA State Conference

Last month our Senior Town Planner, Lisa Wrightson, had the great opportunity of attending the NSW State Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) conference in Orange, a wonderful part of regional NSW about 3 hours west of Sydney. The theme of… Read More »

BRS - South East Queensland Office

Barker Ryan Stewart – South East Queensland Office

Barker Ryan Stewart has landed on the Gold Coast!

The addition of a South East Queensland office has come into fruition with our Senior Civil Engineer, Chris Borg, making the move north of the border. The South East Queensland office was seen as a vital addition to our Sydney, Central… Read More »

Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code BRS

UPDATE – Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code Deferred for 50 Councils

We previously advised of the NSW Government plans to introduce the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code for all Councils across the State. Unfortunately, the State Government announced on 6 July 2018 that the Code will only apply to 7 Sydney… Read More »

BRS Newsletter - June 2018

BRS Newsletter – June 2018

Read up on the latest on BRS in the BRS Newsletter – June 2018 issue

Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code BRS

Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code

New Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code to come into effect in new financial year

From 6th July 2018, the NSW Government will introduce the Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code. This Code, which will be incorporated into the existing Exempt and Complying Development State Environmental Planning Policy, will make it easier for developers and… Read More »

Revitalisation of Gosford - BRS

Revitalisation of Gosford

A big financial boost announced for the revitalisation of Gosford

The ongoing revitalisation of Gosford has received a recent boost with an announcement that the NSW Government will invest $52 million in funding for infrastructure and public space upgrades, including funding for the redevelopment of Gosford City Park near the… Read More »

BRS March Charge final stats

March Charge Final Stats for BRS

The March Charge is done and dusted for 2018

The BRS team has successfully completed the March Charge and final stats are in, with BRS trekking over 5,046kms and raising a total of $4, 268.64 to go towards the Cancer Council to support those affected and to help fund… Read More »

BRS Now Offering Surveying Services

BRS Now Offering Surveying Services

BRS is excited to announce the launch of our new discipline – surveying services.

Beginning April 2018, Barker Ryan Stewart will be offering surveying services as part of our goal to provide total project solutions to our clients. This will add to our already extensive list of services which includes: town planning, project management,… Read More »

Why BRS offers its team a flexible workplace

Why BRS offers its team a flexible workplace

BRS offers its team a flexible workplace and this is why it works A part of Barker Ryan Stewarts office culture is offering its team a flexible workplace. BRS saw the potential in founding a workplace that paved the way… Read More »

BRS Newsletter - March 2018

BRS Newsletter – March 2018

    BRS Newsletter – March 2018 BARKER RYAN STEWART NEWSLETTER WHAT IS IN STORE FOR BRS IN 2018 Welcome to BRS’s first newsletter for 2018. We have certainly hit the ground running in 2018! We are continuing to work… Read More »

Rain, Hail or shine - March Charge BRS

BRS March Charge Update

Keeping up the March Charge through rain, hail or shine! The BRS March Charge teams have been full steam ahead with an amazing amount of kilometres trekked. The official stats so far are; Sydney – 950kms Central Coast – 593kms… Read More »

Environmental Planning and Assessment Act Update - BRS

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act Update

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 was updated on 1 March 2018, representing its biggest overhaul in 40 years.

The overhaul of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act has resulted in a completely new numbering system which may generate some confusion in the short term.

BRS do the March Charge

This year BRS will be taking part in the cancer council fundraiser, the March Charge to tell cancer where to go. Word record holder and cancer council advocate, Heather Lee, has challenged BRS personally to beat her 250km target for the… Read More »

Barker Ryan Stewart ISO Accreditation – ISO 14001:2015, ISO 9001:2015, AS/NZ 4801

BRS has gained ISO Accreditation

BRS are pleased to announce our ISO Accreditation in ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and AS/NZS 4801:2001 The whole team at Barker Ryan Stewart have been working hard behind the scenes recently to ensure our integrated management system launched successfully across… Read More »

Woy Woy Sporties Redevelopment

What is in store for the Woy Woy Sporties?

Woy Woy Sporties to be Upgraded in Proposed Redevelopment

Barker Ryan Stewart, on behalf of our client, Woy Woy Holdings Pty Ltd has lodged a Development Application for the redevelopment of Woy Woy Sporties. The proposal is a high quality and responsive design, consisting of 63 seniors housing independent… Read More »

BRS Newsletter - Spring 2017

BRS Newsletter – Spring 2017

Read up on what the BRS team have been up to lately in the BRS Newsletter – Spring 2017 Edition.

Heather Lee Masters Games - BRS

Congratulations Master Athlete Heather Lee

Heather Lee is smashing records at 90 years of age

Barker Ryan Stewart would like to congratulate 90 year old master athlete Heather Lee, for her incredible success at the 16th annual Australian Masters Games in Penguin, Tasmania from the 23rd-26th of October. She won the gold medal in the… Read More »

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Former Gosford School of Arts

The former Gosford School of Arts to begin new chapter as café and office space The former Gosford School of Arts, located on the corner of Mann Street and Georgiana Terrace, will be getting an upgrade with an addition of… Read More »

BRS Winter Newsletter 2017

BRS Newsletter – Winter 2017

The BRS Newsletter – Winter 2017 Edition. Find out what BRS have been up to in this quarter, from our new pilot program and projects to what the team have been up to lately.

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St George House – Project Management Team Update

An Update from the BRS Project Management Team St George House in Kogarah has been well frequented by our project management team since Westpac Group engaged BRS for client-side project management services for major refurbishments of the existing metro site,… Read More »

BRS Heather Lee - Winning Gold at 90

Winning Gold at 90

Race Walking Champion Heather Lee is Winning Gold at 90 Barker Ryan Stewart is proud to support Master athlete Heather Lee, who is winning gold at 90 in race walking which she has competed in since 2011. She has over… Read More »

Bonython Tower

Works are now underway on the luxurious Bonython Tower Development has begun on the prestigious Bonython Tower, a mixed residential and commercial development situated in the inner city of Gosford on the Central Coast. Situated on Mann Street, the development offers… Read More »

Sediment and Erosion Control Parramatta River Area - BRS

Sediment and Erosion Control in the spotlight for the EPA and Council

A Warning to Developers and Builders in Sediment and Erosion Control in the Parramatta River area The Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) will be joining forces with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local Councils in the Parramatta River area… Read More »

Private Subdivision Certification in NSW

Building Professionals Boards advice to NSW Councils The Building Professionals Board has recently provided new advice to all Councils regarding private subdivision certification in NSW. The advice was provided in the Board’s March 2017 e-news. Since 1998 the Environmental Planning and… Read More »

BRS Newsletter - Autumn 2017

BRS Newsletter – Autumn 2017

      See the latest news from Barker Ryan Stewart. View this email in your browser BARKER RYAN STEWART NEWSLETTER DIRECTORS NOTE We are delighted to introduce you to Barker Ryan Stewart’s first seasonal newsletter. In this and future… Read More »

Sydney District Plan Map

Sydney District Plan

The districts plans will directly inform local council planning and influence the decisions of state agencies are integrative to managing the State Governments Greater Sydney Region Plan for future growth.

Aqua Park - Gosford Water Park BRS

Gosford Water Park

Aqua Splash is Coming to the Central Coast! Barker Ryan Stewart were pleased to provide planning and engineering services that assisted with obtaining approval for this Gosford water park project. The opening of this water park has sparked a great… Read More »

2016 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence

2016 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence

Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Urban Development Barker Ryan Stewart would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists of the 2016 UDIA NSW Awards for Excellence. These awards are highly regarded within the industry and among consumers as they… Read More »

BRS Health and Wellbeing Challenge

The BRS Office Health and Wellbeing Challenge

Nothing like a little “healthy” competition in the office Over the next quarter BRS is looking to implement the ‘Get Healthy at Work’ program and is committed to making our workplace a healthier one. As an introduction to this, BRS… Read More »

One of the best companies to work for

Employer of Choice Finalists 2016

One of the Best Companies to Work For! Barker Ryan Stewart have been nominated as the 2016 finalists for the “Employer of Choice” awards not once but twice through the Gosford/Erina & Coastal Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the… Read More »

Australian Construction Achievement Award 2016

Australian Construction Achievement Award

Barker Ryan Stewart would like to acknowledge the esteemed accomplishment by the construction company Liang O’Rourke in winning the Australian Construction Achievement Award for 2016. Barker Ryan Stewart worked as a consultant for this exciting project by providing RMS project verification services.

Council Mergers - BRS

Council Mergers

On the 12th of May 2016 the NSW state government announced the mergers of 19 Councils across the State. These Council mergers seek to improve efficiencies by streamlining administration and delivering cost savings to the communities. The Council mergers also seek to make it easier to implement infrastructure requirements that are essential to the growing populations.

Build Magazine

Build Magazine

Ones to Watch for 2016 You can view the latest editorial on Barker Ryan Stewart in the April 2016 issue of Build Magazine. This piece provides an insight into Barker Ryan Stewart; including how our company has grown and adapted… Read More »

Smart Cities Plan

A 30 Minute City and More Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s recent release of the Smart Cities Plan is a welcomed focus on our cities by the Federal Government. Features of the Smart Cities Plan include the concept of a 30… Read More »

Association of Accredited Certifiers Member – Garry Ryan

Learn more about Garry and how he can help you as a Private Certifier. Barker Ryan Stewart’s own Garry Ryan has been elected as a board member of the Association of Accredited Certifiers in August 2015. Garry is a founding… Read More »

Gosford City Centre – Bent Street

Gosford City Centre

How Barker Ryan Stewart has been involved with the new exciting developments in Gosford. There has been unprecedented lodgement of Development Application’s with Gosford City Council in response to the Councils bonus incentives of 30% additional height and 30% additional… Read More »

Barker Ryan Stewart Proud To Be Finalists for The NSW Bradfield Award

Barker Ryan Stewart were recently announced as finalists for the 2015 NSW Bradfield Award, awarded by Engineers Australia. The Award is identified as the most prestigious award of all the award categories that were presented and celebrated at Engineers Australia’s… Read More »

Have your say on the future development of the Central Coast and Hunter Regions

At Barker Ryan Stewart it’s our mission to help communities prosper and grow. Given our active involvement in the development of the Central Coast and Hunter Regions, we are involved and are very interested in, how the future development of… Read More »

Barker Ryan Stewart Welcomes Proposed Changes To The Current Planning System

Barker Ryan Stewart welcomes the recent move by the NSW Government proposing changes to the current planning system. A discussion paper has been created, suggesting changes to make the approvals process easier for the building of dual occupancies, manor homes,… Read More »

Barker Ryan Stewart Director, Ian Stewart wins Business Leader Award

Barker Ryan Stewart Director, Ian Stewart was awarded the Business Leader award (Age 35+) at the Gosford Chamber of Commerce Business Awards on Saturday 4th of July 2015 at a special Gala event. The awards recognise business success in the… Read More »

Barker Ryan Stewart contributes to reforms for certification and building regulation

With the population in Sydney now expected to grow by 1.6 million by 2031 (with 900,000 of those expected to live in Western Sydney), The Minister for Planning has focused largely on Western Sydney in infrastructure planning, “A Plan for Growing Sydney”, the final version of the Sydney Metropolitan Strategy.

Sydney Hills Business Awards

Barker Ryan Stewart are proud to be announced as finalists for the  2014 Sydney Hills Business Awards for Community Contribution. Although we did not take out the award on the night we are honoured to be a finalists in this category. The… Read More »

Housing Diversity a smart move

State planning laws introduced in August will create more affordable housing to meet market demand, the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSWsaid. UDIA NSW Chief Executive Stephen Albin said the new legislation, which will allow for smaller lot sizes in… Read More »

Central Coast Business Leaders Awards

Barker Ryan Stewart are pleased to announce that we are finalists in the Excellence in Small Business category at the 2014 Central Coast Business Excellence Awards. The awards will be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday 16th August. You can… Read More »

Urban Activation – North Western Sydney

The Hills Shire Council in conjunction with the NSW government has nominated three urban activation areas along the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link.  The precincts are identified for Bella Vista Station, Showground Station and Kellyville Station.  The precincts together… Read More »

Sustainable Sydney 2030

The City of Sydney has a vision of making Sydney Green, Global and Connected with its Sustainable Sydney 2030 strategy. The sustainability vision seeks to make Sydney internationally recognised as a leader with outstanding environmental performance and new ‘green’ industries… Read More »

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