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Today’s planning and development industry requires informed and knowledgeable specialists to help guide you through the sea of legislation and regulation. HDB has been providing this service for over two decades, priding ourselves on the ability to add value and deliver practical outcomes for our clients.

With clients ranging from large to small developers, local governments and Government Agencies, HDB has the knowledge and experience to assist in delivering your project.

As a small independent firm we pride ourselves on creating lasting personal relationships with our clients and their projects. From concept to completion HDB can design, guide and support the delivery of your project.

What we do

HDB provides a full range of town planning and design services, including rezoning, feasibility assessment, urban design, building design, development applications, bushfire assessment, project management, civil design and stormwater design and project management. As your partner in development, HDB’s role is to deliver the desired outcome with the
minimum cost to the client.

HDB specialises in identifying and achieving outcomes for clients with difficult or challenging sites. With strong working relationships across all the statutory authorities as well as a network of specialist sub-consultants, HDB’s highly qualified and experienced team is ideally placed to ensure your project is realised.

The HDB Team

Kerry Nichols – Managing Director

Establishing HDB Town Planning and Design in 1997, after 22 years in local government, Kerry sought to provide progressive solutions to the increasingly complex needs of today’s planning and development sector.

With extensive experience in planning, engineering and urban design, Kerry can fully appreciate all facets of a development proposal, providing invaluable resources to assist you.Linkdin

Leena Sebastian – Town Planner

Leena is an enthusiastic member of HDB Town Planning Department.  Having worked as an architect in South Africa and Ghana, she brings on board extensive experience in architectural design, technical documentation, construction management and building cost estimation. 

Kanishka Guluwita – Urban Designer

Kanishka has a strong background in urban design, landscape design, and graphic design aspects of urban development, including excellent free-hand drawing skills.  He is a young planning professional with sound understanding and experience on urban planning issues, both in Sri Lanka and in Australia.Linkdin

Tony O’Beirne – Principal Engineer

Tony has extensive experience in civil engineering and surveying, and holds qualifications in Land and Engineering Survey Drafting and Civil Engineering. With a portfolio of work across the state, Tony has the experience and knowledge to ensure that your project is delivered on time
and on budget.

Alex Newman- Civil Engineer

Alex is a civil engineer designer.  He is proficient in the design of roadwork, stormwater, and services.  He has experience both onsite with tier-one contractors and in design.Linkdin