About

Wolter Consulting Group are a multi-disciplinary collective, committed to better development outcomes and a willingness to challenge conventional thinking, making us trusted advisors and consultants of choice for the private, government and infrastructure sectors in our industry.

Background

Established by Michael Wolter in 1993, WCG employs over 60 personnel at its Brisbane office. 

Our purpose is built on the central ethos of delivering the highest level of service to our clients.

Our Company's Core Values are:

  • People
  • Collaboration
  • Commercial Mindset
  • Leadership
  • Citizenship

We strive for innovation and operational excellence and along with our company's values, this guides our people and how we work. We take time to understand our clients' needs and their project's vision and are committed to it throughout the development process.  Having strong productive relationships with our stakeholders at all levels, we can plan, design and deliver creatively and sustainably, maximising the value add for you and your business. 

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Our Leaders

  • Michael's Bio Managing Director
  • Natalie's Bio Executive Director
  • Andrew's Bio Executive Director
  • Stephen's Bio Director of Environment
  • Andrew's Bio Director of Surveying
  • Penny's Bio Director of Landscape Architecture
  • Amy's Bio Associate Director of Planning
  • Jessica's Bio Associate - Planning
  • Liam's Bio Senior Project Coordinator
  • Toby's Bio Senior Planner
  • Allan's Bio Associate - Landscape Architecture
  • Gary's Bio Associate Director of Planning
  • Dan's Bio Director of Strategy
  • Marnie's Bio Senior Planner
  • Sarah's Bio Senior Planner
  • Michael Wolter Managing Director

    Michael is the founding partner of Wolter Consulting Group and has over 35 years’ experience in the industry. He is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the company.

    Michael has established numerous relationships with local government authorities throughout South East Queensland and is instrumental in establishing the initial strategy phase for larger projects. He takes a key interest in urban design, identifying commercial opportunities and innovative solutions to constraints.

    E: [email protected]

  • Natalie Rayment Executive Director

    Natalie has built a career in town planning over the last 25 years. Her experience in both the private and public sector has culminated in her role as Executive Director of Wolter Consulting Group. Natalie is a Registered Planner with the Planning Institute of Australia, a recognised expert town planning witness to the Court and specialises in statutory planning and development facilitation. Natalie is also a Member of the Property Council 2019/2020 Retirement Living Committee and Deputy Chair of the HIA Qld Planning Committee.

    In early 2016, Natalie co-founded YIMBY Qld, a not-for-profit public interest organisation, saying yes in my back yard to good development that makes for better living. And in 2019, she joined the Board of Beddown as Deputy Chair. Beddown is a charitable organisation providing pop-up accommodation hubs for those who are most vulnerable.

    E: [email protected]

  • Andrew Crawford Executive Director

    Andrew has over 29 years’ experience across all facets of planning, development, infrastructure and consultation through a range of private sector and Government roles. Together with Natalie, Andrew leads WCG as Executive Director. Andrew maintains an active interest in industry advocacy and continuing professional development.  He actively participates on committees and advisory bodies, and attends, participates and speaks at conferences and seminars.

    Prior to joining WCG, Andrew managed the highly successful Brisbane Urban Renewal Task Force. In this capacity, Andrew was responsible for establishing a statutory planning framework for urban renewal areas, facilitating significant catalyst projects and co-ordinating the planning and delivery of community and capital works infrastructure.

    E: [email protected]nsulting.com.au  

  • Stephen Hayes Director of Environment

    Stephen has been working in the South East Queensland region for over 19 years in the Environmental field. He has superior knowledge of the South East Queensland region, and has established relationships with key local stakeholders. His project experience is widespread throughout NSW, NT and QLD. 

    His career has also had significant focus on the development industry as an environmental consultant and has over 15 years direct involvement in the development industry preparing and delivering assessments of varying types for clients and being responsible for obtaining a variety of development approvals and permits under local, state and commonwealth legislation. This experience has provided Stephen with thorough knowledge of the development application process from small to large scale projects.

    Supporting his in-depth knowledge of ecological processes, Stephen is also a widely experienced Bushfire Analyst Consultant having undertaken numerous Bushfire hazard investigations for development assessment purposes, strategic planning for government and provision of expert witness advice for Court matters. This blend of disciplines provides a unique perspective for clients enabling effective development design analysing ecology and bushfire related issues hand in hand. 

    E: [email protected]

  • Andrew Thurston Director of Surveying

    Andrew has been a Registered Cadastral Surveyor with the Surveyors Board of Queensland for almost 30 years.  During this time he has gained significant experience in project managing the surveying components of a wide diversity of land development, infrastructure,  exploration, and construction projects in Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea.

    Andrew's experience covers the full range of development projects from Master Planned Communities to Community Titles Schemes and small Standard Format Lots with High Density Development Easements.

    E: [email protected]

  • Penny Spiers Director of Landscape Architecture

    Penny is a Registered Landscape Architect with over 20 years’ experience leading complex projects for both public and private sector clients. Her knowledge and creativity combined with an attention to detail, excellent communication and collaboration skills, means she can operate across all project phases from strategic design, master planning and conceptual design, to detailed design, contract documentation, technical specifications and construction services.

    Her breadth of experience extends from parks and open spaces, urban and commercial centres, residential subdivisions, schools and educational facilities, health and aged care, sport and recreation facilities, playgrounds and play spaces, environmental and rehabilitation areas. She has produced a number of place making strategies and led a range of community and stakeholder consultation activities.

    E: [email protected]

  • Amy Marsden Associate Director of Planning

    Amy has over 20 years experience across the public and private sector.  She is a passionate and dedicated urban planner who is driven by outcomes, and is an advocate for good development contributing to stronger communities.

    Prior to joining Wolter Consulting Group, Amy has worked for the Queensland State Government and in consultation, gaining experience in complex statutory and strategic planning and development assessment. During her ten years in government she led some of the most complex planning reform and planning exercises such as the implementation of new planning framework to deliver 60 new planning schemes under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009. Her role was also managing state significant projects that fell under Ministerial Directions, including development applications that were ‘called-in’.

    She is experienced in complex stakeholder and community consultation and engagement, with the ability to navigate the government and political processes. Amy has extensive experience in understanding the key drivers of a planning outcome and engineering a solution to guide the successful delivery of a range of high-profile projects. Amy has an excellent understanding of the development process, having spent her career working on both sides of the development industry – working within multi-disciplinary teams and in shaping and developing planning policy and legislation.

    E: [email protected]

  • Jessica Lincoln Associate - Planning

    Jess has recently joined the team at WCG in 2021, working closely with our Directors to expand the teams experience and knowledge base in regional strategic and infrastructure planning, bringing a new type of planning to Wolter.

    Jess is an experienced Strategic and Infrastructure Planner with over a decade of experience in Local Government. Jess holds extensive knowledge in technical planning scheme matters and legislation, infrastructure agreements, and strategic planning perspectives, delivering comprehensive and practical solutions for numerous strategic and statutory planning initiatives. Working closely with Local and State Government representatives, Jess has extensive experience in providing communication across all levels, including facilitating award winning community engagement. Jess is committed to delivering clear communication and efficient time-management, producing effective and dynamic project management.

    E: [email protected]

  • Liam Wolter Senior Project Coordinator

    Liam joined Wolter Consulting Group in 2007 and has over fourteen years professional experience working as a private consultant. As a Senior Project Coordinator, Liam has had significant exposure to the full development cycle, managing key projects from pre-purchase investigation and due diligence, through to project delivery and plan sealing.

    Further, as a Senior Project Coordinator, Liam focuses on all aspects of post approval development coordination including operational works coordination to commencement of siteworks, compliance scheduling, Council auditing, uncompleted works and maintenance security bonding, easement and covenant establishment, infrastructure offsets and charging, post-construction compliance and certification, survey plan registration and contract settlement.

  • Toby Heap Senior Planner

    Toby joined Wolter Consulting Group in January 2021 with over ten years of professional town planning experience, having worked within the private sector for a number of consultancies in the South East Queensland region.

    Before joining WCG, Toby was a Planner in another multidisciplinary development consultancy and was responsible for the preparation, lodgement and management of a variety of development projects, ranging from small residential houses to large scale industrial developments, residential estates and multi-story residential complexes.

    Through his experience in Private consultancy Toby has developed a thorough understanding of Queensland planning legislation, including the various iterations of the Planning Act and Policies and the associated Development Assessment Systems. As part of the planning team at WCG, Toby contributes to all aspects of development applications for varying scales of development, comprising residential unit developments, land subdivisions, commercial and industrial developments from concept to construction.

  • Allan Winchcole Associate - Landscape Architecture

    Allan is a highly motivated landscape architect, with a genuine passion for delivering uniquely creative best practice and sustainable solutions for his clients. He has extensive experience working across multiple sectors, with particular strength in Infrastructure, civic and urban spaces, as well as coastal, parkland and natural landscapes.

    In addition to a strong focus on design, Allan brings a comprehensive knowledge of construction processes, details and materials to his projects.  He has coordinated various complex projects and successfully managed multiple projects on strict timelines.

    Allan's extensive experience provides real value to our clients.

  • Gary Savins Associate Director of Planning

    Gary is an Associate Director of Planning at Wolter Consulting with over 20 years experience, and has specific statutory planning experience delivering projects at a local, national and international level. He has a particular interest and proven experience in the delivery of large scale industrial and residential projects within the South East Queensland (SEQ) region. Gary appreciates the intricacies and complexities involved in the approval and delivery of any development site, and endeavours to utilise his knowledge and experience to deliver timely commercial outcomes for all his clients whilst maintaining a collaborative and positive relationship with all stakeholders involved.

    Gary has been involved in the whole lifecycle of development sites over his career, ranging from due diligence investigations and advice for purchases/or sellers; change in land use and zoning submissions; approval modifications; and legal appeals. Gary has experience in providing expert witness services to the Planning and Environment Court.

    He has a detailed working knowledge of local Planning Schemes throughout Queensland, particularly those within SEQ. He also has experience and knowledge of both northern NSW and ACT Planning Schemes. Gary continues to be involved in a number of industry focus and development groups, specifically those working specifically with a number of SEQ local councils.

    E: [email protected]

  • Dan Best Director of Strategy

    Dan supports our Executive Leadership Team across all facets of business strategy and operations to ensure we deliver the best possible services to our clients. Dan is passionate about success orientated leadership and comes from an extensive career in law, local government, property development, insurance and construction.

    E:[email protected]

  • Marnie Wood Senior Planner

    Marnie has 4+ years post-graduate experience, having joined Wolter Consulting Group in August 2016 while completing her Regional and Town Planning studies. Since this time, Marnie has embedded herself strongly within the company values and culture and continues to build strong relationships with our clients.

    Marnie has worked on an array of residential developments and subdivisions, as well as a range of commercial and industrial projects.

    Throughout her career to date, Marnie has developed a strong understanding of both state and local planning instruments across Queensland, including the Planning Act 2016 and various local government planning schemes.

    E: [email protected]

  • Sarah Machin Senior Planner

    Sarah joined Wolter Consulting Group in January 2022 as a Senior Planner. Throughout her career to date, Sarah has worked as a town planner, contributing to development projects of varying scales including childcare centres, multiple dwellings and greenfield subdivision. Sarah has developed a strong interest and understanding of strategic planning in planning projects including preparation of development codes, planning scheme amendments and submissions and master planning. When working on projects, Sarah regularly provides strategic solutions to ensure client and Council needs are achieved. Sarah has developed a strong understanding of both state and local planning instruments and requirements across Queensland, including the Planning Act 2016, various local government planning schemes and the Local Government (Robina Central Planning Agreement) Act 1992. 

    E: [email protected]

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