Planning student explores regional opportunities

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Uni SA Planning student Gurney Khera with Council staff - L to R: Ben Gower (CEO), Paul Duka (Director Development Services) Gurney Khera and Chris Tully (Manager Development Heath & Compliance)

An opportunity to ‘work in a close-knit team’ and explore a region with ‘amazing diversity and natural beauty’ were just two of the benefits highlighted by UniSA planning student, Gurinder (Gurney) Khera when he farewelled his hosts recently.

Mr Khera had spent eight weeks working alongside Wattle Range Council staff, assisting with building, planning and development matters, as a part of Council’s ongoing relationship with the School of Art, Architecture & Design at the University of South Australia.

“Council looked to offer support for a UniSA Postgraduate Urban & Regional Planning Student placement, to provide a practical learning and development environment for a student and to also bring a new ‘set of eyes’ to the Council planning and economic team,” Council’s Director Development Services, Steve Chapple explains.

“During his placement Gurney worked on a number of projects including, Council’s proposed Local Heritage Grant fund, potential development of land at Beachport and an examination of Council’s Millicent Airport review,” Mr Chapple said. “He also prepared high-quality notes and a presentation for Council staff on changes to the Planning Development Act.”

Mr Khera is currently studying a Masters of Urban & Regional Planning with Uni SA in Adelaide. He has a background in engineering and computer sciences, is involved in residential and winery development, and has also worked in Sydney, NSW.

Only having worked in urban areas, Mr Khera came to Wattle Range to learn more about regional issues and opportunities in planning and development: “I learned a lot and have been made very welcome as part of a close-knit team. I have most enjoyed exploring the Wattle Range region with its amazing diversity and natural beauty,” he said.

“Council looks forward to continuing this relationship with UniSA and welcomes the potential for more students to visit our region” Mr Chapple concluded.

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For further information please contact:

Steve Chapple, Director Development Services
Telephone:                (08) 8733 0900