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Max Fragar

We take the stress out of dealing with council, so you can get back to doing what you love.

Max Fragar, Principal Consultant

We employ ex-council staff!

We employ ex-council staff!

In fact, at last count our team has worked inside 31 different councils. This means:

  • A detailed understanding of what council staff will expect of your application,
  • An increased turn around time within council, and
  • Greater probability of getting approval.
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Colin Fragar

I challenge you to find anyone more experienced or more focused on helping the every day person achieve local government approval. We get results with council… That’s why we’ve called ourselves The Council Approval Experts

Colin Fragar, General Manager

We’re Here to Help

Here to Help


Max Fragar

Principal Consultant

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Max Fragar

Principal Consultant / Director

Max Fragar is the principal consultant at Fragar Planning & Development. He is a Certified Practicing Planner and is one of Australia's most experienced Town Planners. In November 2011 he was made a 'Life Fellow' of the Planning Institute of Australia, making him one of 16 such life fellows in NSW.


Colin Fragar

General Manager

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Colin Fragar

General Manager

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


Olivia Harris

Planning Project Manager

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Olivia Harris

Planning Project Manager

Olivia is a Town Planner with over 14 years’ experience. Having worked both within council and as a consultant, Olivia has a firm grasp on what is required in achieving consent for your project. You will find her pleasant to talk with and very willing to assist you in achieving the approval you need.

Betsy Jackson

William Toose

Planning Project Manager

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William Toose

Planning Project Manager

William’s passion and commitment to assisting clients with their projects is evident from the first time you talk with him. His extensive client liaison and customer experience within councils helps him to assist clients now he is in private consultancy.


John Gilbert

Senior Project Manager

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John Gilbert

Senior Project Manager

John’s 30 years of experience in the planning and building industry equips him with a well-developed understanding of NSW planning legislation, the approval process and requirements necessary for timely determination of developments.

Betsy Jackson

Betsy Jackson

Senior Town Planner

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Betsy Jackson

Senior Town Planner

Betsy is an experienced town planner who has worked in a variety of roles in local government. She has a broad range of experience in writing and reviewing planning documents for local government. Now as a private town planning consultant her ability to apply her analytical town planning foresight to a wide spectrum of local government areas makes her a valuable asset to clients of Fragar Planning & Development.


Elizabeth Black

Senior Town Planner

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Elizabeth Black

Senior Town Planner

Elizabeth has the dual experience of knowing what it is like to work within council whilst understanding client needs as a consultant town planner. Her breadth of experience in Australia and New Zealand brings perspective and confidence to clients.


Farid Fanaian

Town Planner / Property Lawyer

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Farid Fanaian

Town Planner / Property Lawyer

Farid Fanaian brings property, legal and town planning depth to our team. Farid's education combined with his strong experience in property law (including working at DLA Philips Fox law firm in Sydney), gives clients confidence in his comprehensive advice. Farid has a passion for property and does his own developments in his spare time.


Jane Kerr

Senior Town Planner

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Jane Kerr

Senior 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

Senior Town Planner

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Ailsa Prendergast

Senior Town Planner

Ailsa is expert in urban land use planning with over 10 yrs. experience in strategic and statutory planning; stakeholder engagement; policy development and implementation; and project management.


Daniel Neukirch

Senior Town Planner

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Daniel Neukirch

Senior Town Planner

Daniel has eight years of experience as a development assessment officer in local government which gave him an in depth knowledge of the local planning instruments and requirements, but also, a detailed understanding of how the Council and its planning team operate.


Ian Laing

Senior Draftsman

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Ian Laing

Senior Draftsman

Ian is our senior draftsman with 30 years expereince. His passion for articulating and developing the clients vision for the project whilst balancing the technical compliance of a building is evident in the quality of his work. - See more at: http://www.councilapproval.com.au/town-planning-consultants/#sthash.jWdt6qBW.dpuf

Do we cover your proposal

Do we cover your proposal?

With over 1,400 projects successfully finished, combined with the depth of our team, we are confident that we can help your proposal from concept to sign off from council.

So whether it’s a residential project, granny flat, a business premises, café, medical centre, subdivision, tourist project, rezoning or you just want to know what your options are…. we are here!

Questions?

1st phone consultation FREE & an investment in your property’s future

Tania Van Dyk

The first step is to give our team a call and explore with us what you have in mind. Anything to do with local government approvals might seem daunting until you have our team by your side.

Tania Van Dyk, Senior Town Planner

Our Statistics

OUR STATS

1,400+

Projects

40+

Years Experience

100%

of NSW Serviced

Every


Days

we achieve approval

We work with Industry Leaders

We work with Industry Leaders.

John Gilbert

We can provide you with initial advice or handle the whole project so you don’t have to deal with the complex layers of local government.

John Gilbert, Senior Liaison Manager
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Do we cover your area?

As long as your property is in NSW, we can help you. Our team is spread out in home offices throughout Sydney and NSW so that we can form relationships with local councils and be accessible to our clients. Check out our map below of areas we have worked in... chances are we know your property better than you think.

Our Projects

1,400 + projects and still counting

Jane Kerr

Our team of town planners, designers and other local government professionals work together so you only have to deal with one consultant

Jane Kerr, Senior Town Planner

Why we’re trusted by our clients

WHY WE'RE TRUSTED BY OUR CLIENTS

  • We employ ex-council staff

    Having worked for council our team speaks the same language as council staff.

  • Four decades of experience

    Since the 1970s our team has been helping people achieve council approval.

  • Values

    Founded on the shoulders of a father and son team, with old fashioned values of integrity, respect and perseverance.

  • Local knowledge

    Our consultants are based in the suburbs of Sydney and regional NSW, so we can give you local knowledge.

  • No job too small

    We specialise on helping the average person on achieving their dreams for their property or business.

  • We're results driven

    We get results with council. That's why they call us the 'council approval experts'

  • We make the path smooth

    Leave the challenge of dealing with local government to the experts.

  • We push the boundaries

    By challenging the expectations of our industry we believe we can redefine the value that we offer.