Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAREER ONE - Laura Tri­este

THE view of Sydney from Ur­bis’ CBD of­fice is a win­dow to the many dif­fer­ent places re­gional di­rec­tor Tim Blythe has had an im­pact on.

As a town plan­ner with al­most three decades of ex­pe­ri­ence, he has worked on ev­ery­thing from home im­prove­ments to precinct re­de­vel­op­ments.

Most re­cently that in­cluded AMP’s pro­posed $1.8 bil­lion Young Street Precinct at Cir­cu­lar Quay.

“You can get in­volved in some of the most in­flu­en­tial things hap­pen­ing in the city – it’s ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“We work with a range of tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sions – de­sign, traf­fic, her­itage.”

Mr Blythe started his ca- reer at a lo­cal coun­cil in Mel­bourne af­ter com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Ap­plied Science.

“You pro­vide ad­vice to the de­ci­sion makers – whether that’s de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions, re­zon­ing, plan­ning sys­tems,” he said.

“Plan­ning is very much about bal­anc­ing in­ter­ests – con­flict is in­evitable at times.

“I’ve seen chairs thrown at coun­cil meet­ings so it can be volatile.”

Af­ter 10 years at coun­cil and one at Vic­to­rian State Gov­ern­ment, Mr Blythe moved to the pri­vate sec­tor with Ur­bis and went on to help set up their Sydney of­fice.

“I think con­sult­ing is more chal­leng­ing be­cause you’ve got to win work and achieve out­comes, but it’s more re­ward­ing,” he said.

He is of­ten work­ing on 20 to 30 projects at a time, with vary­ing de­grees of time and work needed for each of them.

“I’ve got a lot of good staff that help,” he said.

Mr Blythe said there is greater scope th­ese days for town plan­ners as cities be­come denser and is­sues like sus­tain­abil­ity and dis­abil­ity ac­cess have more of a fo­cus.

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