BRS Newsletter – Summer 2018/19 Edition

Barker Ryan Stewart on March 1, 2019



Directors Note

Welcome to BRS’ Summer 2018/19 newsletter!

Where have all the residential property investors gone? With the increased difficulty for property investors to obtain a loan from their financial institutions, particularly interest-only loans, the residential property sector has been showing signs of slowing over the past 6 months or so. It’s no easy task for owner occupiers to secure funding either, unless you have a 20% deposit handy!

We are in a fortunate position to continue to provide a steady stream of services to our clients operating in the residential property development sector. In this newsletter, we feature three projects which we are proud to be involved in, namely the Muswellbrook subdivision project for The Bathla Group, The Banks project in Rockdale for Deicorp, and Saratoga Rise, located in the northwest growth sector of Sydney for Lifen.

Although residential may slow, we have experienced an upturn in other sectors such as industrial/commercial/retail development projects, health and education projects, and in local government infrastructure works. The fourth featured project we are proud to highlight is the Empire Bay Medical Centre where we are providing nearly our full suite of services for the successful delivery of the project.

BRS is happy to announce Robert Day as our Traffic and Transport Manager. Rob’s background in private consultancy, local government, RMS, and Transport for NSW has significantly strengthened BRS’ ability to provide traffic engineering and transport planning services, including; traffic and parking impact assessments, transport precinct plans, road safety auditing, transport planning, town centre parking studies, and construction traffic management plans.

In this newsletter, we’d also like to introduce you to Sarah Hartley (Senior Town Planner) who brings with her a wealth of planning experience in private consulting and local government. We are also fortunate to have Grace Johns (Survey Assistant) who is completing her Diploma of Surveying, and Daniel Vella (Graduate Civil Engineer) who has recently graduated with a Degree in Civil Engineering.

BRS continues to support a number of charities and not for profit organisations. We are currently getting behind the Evolution Charity Cup to raise money for the Mark Hughes Foundation to help support brain cancer patients and their families. BRS have two of their own surfers, and two former BRS teammates representing BRS’ “surf team”. Where possible please support this worthy cause, details on how to donate are outlined below.

We hope you enjoy our newsletter.

Glenn Barker
Managing Director















ROBERT DAY has joined our Central Coast office as our Traffic and Transport Manager. He has 35 years’ experience in road design, traffic and transport planning, management of traffic and road safety engineering projects, intersection modelling and road safety auditing. Rob has experience in the traffic and transport sector working for both local and state government, and as a consultant and government employee in Fiji. Read Rob’s bio here.

SARAH HARTLEY has joined our planning team in the Central Coast office as a  Senior Town Planner. Sarah has over 15 years of experience working for both local Government and private practice. Sarah has been involved in a wide variety of projects including; development assessment, project management and coordinating multi-disciplined technical experts, preparation of Council Reports, Statement of Basic Facts & Contentions, Statement of Environmental Effects, Planning and Assessment Reports and development applications.

GRACE JOHNS has joined our survey team in the Hunter office as a Survey Assistant. Grace has completed the Cert IV in Surveying and will complete her Diploma of Surveying in 2019 while working with BRS.

DANIEL VELLA has joined our design team in the Sydney office as a Graduate Civil Engineer. Daniel has recently graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Diploma of Engineering Practice.

Would you like to join the BRS Team?
Or do you know of somebody who would?
Check out the BRS Careers Page



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 Local Environmental Plan (CCLEP) and the draft Central Coast Development Control Plan (CCDCP).

Both the Wyong and Gosford LEP’s shared similar land use zones,  however, the LEP’s permitted different uses within these zones and also had slightly different clauses relating to development standards.

The ultimate goal is to, therefore, have one LEP and one DCP for consistent planning controls across the Central Coast. READ MORE.


Evolution Charity Cup 2019

BRS has entered a team to compete in the Evolution Charity Cup on the 15th of March as a vital part of Surfest 2019, to help raise funds for the Mark Hughes Foundation to tackle Brain Cancer.

The Mark Hughes Foundation raises much-needed funds to promote research, heighten awareness and support brain cancer patients (children and adults) and their families within the community.

Evolution Advisers previously sponsored the SurfAid Cup and raised over $120,000 for the not-for-profit humanitarian organisation. The 2019 Evolution Charity Cup will comprise 20 teams made up of employees or business connections of registered companies plus one wild card surfer. Each team will undertake fundraising to help achieve an overall target donation of $100,000 to the Mark Hughes Foundation.

The ‘BRS Wave Riders’ team consists of Joe Myson, Ben Miller, Peter McCallum, and Nick Whitton.

Joe said, “I am looking forward to battling away against some of my best mates in other teams and hanging with all the BRS team and staff who make it down to the beach in the morning. It’s for a great cause and it’s always a friendly vibe”.

To assist in our fundraising efforts each office will receive a number of raffle tickets to sell to friends and family. You can also directly donate to our fundraising page which can be found here.

BRS Christmas Party 2018 

After a busy 2018, the BRS team had a great time unwinding at our Christmas party. We enjoyed a game of lawn bowls, followed by drinks and canapes at the Crown Plaza Terrigal, and some dancing later in the night.

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