Meet Our Team

Meet Our All-Star Team...

Today, after 25 years in business, our team of over 20 town planners, architects, and local government specialists have helped over 12,689 people navigate council approval. We have a collective 387 years of council approval history.

Our in-house team specializes in helping property and business owners like yourself navigate the approval process from any council.

People say there is no other firm in Australia that has the experience in dealing with local government approvals than we do.

We proudly continue the admirable and worthwhile quest and mission that Max Fragar envisioned when he started our consultancy all those years ago. You will find strength in the depth of our team and confidence in the breadth of our experience.

12,689
Projects
Complete
387 YRS
Of Experience
On Our Team
2.5 DAYS
How Often We
Get Approval
$250K
Average Value
Added to Clients

Max Fragar

LIFE FELLOW PIA, REGISTERED PLANNER, FOUNDER

Max, the guru and head honcho, is our principal consultant. With over 50 years experience he is a Certified Practicing Planner and is one of Australia’s most experienced town planners.

Colin Fragar

Colin Fragar

CO-FOUNDER

Colin Fragar is a best selling author, graduate lawyer and experienced property developer.

Tracy Kriesel

Tracy Kriesel

OPERATIONS MANAGER

With over a decade of experience in the property world, which includes working for the Australian Property Institute, Tracy has a wealth of knowledge and a love of all things property.

Senior Town Planner

Tom Hutchison

TEAM LEADER / TOWN PLANNER

Tom has a vivid and logical understanding of the town planning rules associated with NSW planning law. He has a wealth of knowledge and adds phenomenal value to all projects he works on.

Giuseppe Calabrese

SENIOR ARCHITECT

Giuseppe is a registered architect in NSW with international experience. An award winner with a wide range of experience in all developments due to having worked previously for boutique firms and several major award winning firms across Sydney CBD. His in depth knowledge and experience with Council makes the approval process fast efficient and reliable.

Jane Kerr

Jane Kerr

TOWN PLANNER

Jane is a fully qualified town planner with over 18 years planning experience having worked at the local and state government levels in statutory, strategic, planning policy and research, planning law and heritage planning, in three states including New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.

Tania Van Dyk

Tania Van Dyk

TOWN PLANNER

Tania has worked in local government as a town planner for over 20 years in three countries. Her breadth of experience in assessment of development applications makes her a key asset to our consultancy and your team.

Anthony Peters

Anthony Peters

TOWN PLANNER

Anthony is a team player, someone we’re glad to have on our team, and certainly someone you’d want on yours. His 20 years of planning experience will attest to his willingness and ability to go the extra mile for his clients to get some pretty high flying results.

Ken Gerschler

Ken Gerschler

TOWN PLANNER

Ken is a highly experienced town planner having worked for small, medium and large local government entities in Australia and the United States spanning the breadth of the profession including strategic planning, development planning and social planning. You will find Ken to be friendly, helpful and knowledgeable as he works pragmatically to bring your development dream to fruition.

Elise Short

Elise Short

TOWN PLANNER

Elise is a town planner with over 10 years’ experience in local government and can help you navigate the planning puzzles that property and business development in NSW can face. She is passionate about achieving positive outcomes and is always seeking to learn new tips and tricks for your benefit.

Anthony Potts

Anthony Potts

STATE MANAGER - CONSULTANT SERVICES

Anthony’s enterprise is fuelled by his motivation to debunk any town planning challenge. Creating a better world for his clients is his inspiration.

Betsy Jackson

Betsy Jackson

TOWN PLANNER

Betsy’s expert property experience and skills in this field are legendary. Betsy is zealous about helping people through the labyrinth of planning processes to achieve their property and business aspirations.

Emma McCallum

Emma McCallum

ON-BOARDING CONSULTANT

Emma has a wealth of experience globally in dealing with valuable clients from all walks of life. She understands the value of listening and takes great pride in using her skills to achieve great results for her clients. Her empathetic nature has become an asset to the company.

Narelle Hewit

Narelle Hewit

ON-BOARDING CONSULTANT

Narelle takes great pride and satisfaction in helping people take the first step in uncovering their property's potential. She believes understanding the reason why the project is so important to the client then enables their best interests to be at the heart of what we do.

Teddy Hayek

Teddy Hayek

ON-BOARDING CONSULTANT

Teddy thrives on assisting Australian's on their property journey. His passion for property and property development combined with an enthusiasm to achieve the best possible outcomes, helps our clients to achieve their goals and dreams.

Johny Hession

Johny Hession

DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES MANAGER

Johny is overly generous about sharing his over 30 years experience of planning wisdom. His in the field experience, coupled with his motivation to debunk any town planning challenge and create a better world for clients, is to be awarded.

Emma Swete

Emma Swete

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Emma is a media and marketing professional with over 10 years local and international experience. With a keen interest in property, she is focused on engaging and fostering genuine relationships with clients throughout their journey with us.

Stephanie Agass

Stephanie Agass

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Stephanie is a brand marketing professional with over 12 years experience. She is passionate about property investment and home renovations, and driven to assist clients in recognising their properties potential and the pathway to make it happen.

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