New staff have a fu­ture vi­sion

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE say­ing “a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence” is an un­der­state­ment when de­scrib­ing Vi­sion Sur­vey’s new em­ploy­ees, se­nior town plan­ner Lee Glin­de­mann and of­fice manager John Harker.

With a com­bined 50 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, th­ese two vi­sion­ar­ies have ex­tra­or­di­nary plans for the fu­ture devel­op­ment of the Whit­sun­days.

Vi­sion Sur­veys direc­tor Brian For­rester said the com­pany’s key staff was their not-so se­cret to suc­cess.

“With key peo­ple on board ev­ery­thing else falls into place - the busi­ness nat­u­rally grows” he said.

More than 20 years ago, of­fice manager John Harker’s thumbs were twid­dling at the idea of a “desk job”.

His prob­lem-solv­ing skills and hands-on ap­proach to work was what had drawn him to sur­vey­ing.

“It’s the per­fect com­bi­na­tion - I sim­ply love my job,” he said.

Mr Harker com­pleted his sur­vey­ing de­gree in Bris­bane where he worked for a decade on large-scale projects.

He was then trans­ferred to Townsville where he man­aged a grow­ing sur­vey prac­tice be­fore mov­ing here - and be­lieves his con­sult­ing back­ground brings ex­cep­tional man­age­ment skills to an al­ready tal­ented team.

Mr For­rester be­lieves se­nior town plan­ner Lee Glin­de­mann’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of the re­gion is a fan­tas­tic as- set for lo­cal de­vel­op­ers to tap into.

Ms Glin­de­mann’s ca­reer jour­ney started in 1986 when she worked at the Proser­pine Shire Coun­cil in the en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment (when town plan­ning wasn’t a field of its own).

It wasn’t un­til the early 1990’s that Lee be­came in­volved in town plan­ning, tak­ing on a de­gree in Town Plan­ning and gain­ing on the job ex­pe­ri­ence.

Af­ter the shire’s amal­ga­ma­tion in 2008, she was ap­pointed Manager for Devel­op­ment at the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil where her ca­reer con­tin­ued to progress - she man­aged a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant projects such as the Port of Air­lie.

Now lead­ing the plan­ning team for Vi­sion Sur­veys, Ms Glin­de­mann said it was re­ward­ing both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally.

“Over many years, I have been di­rectly in­volved in most de­vel­op­ments in the re­gion and have de­vel­oped a com­pre­hen­sive knowl­edge of all plan­ning mat­ters which I now call upon can use that to as­sist other de­vel­op­ers and clients achieve com­pli­ant ap­provals for their de­vel­op­ments, whether they be large or small,” she said.

“You can’t put a price on that ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Mr For­rester said Ms Glin­de­mann had main­tained solid pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships with her peers both within Coun­cil and the State Gov­ern­ment.For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Vi­sion Sur­veys on 4948 3781.

A WEALTH OF EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Vi­sion Sur­veys cadas­tral sur­veyor and of­fice manager John Harker and se­nior town plan­ner Lee Glin­de­mann.

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