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"Awesome."

Waterfront owners with [...]

"...we do appreciate all you have and are doing for us re this situation. It has not been an easy task for you, and your preparation for Tuesday's site meeting was great, as has been all your other work."

Application for a relocated [...]

"Thanks."

Central Coast client [...]

"Helen, thanks again, you were the best thing to come out of this whole episode I really appreciate what you did for us."

Waterfront owner

"You’re good at what you do."

Waterfront owner seeking 2 [...]

"You really know what you are doing"

Property protection

“Helen, this is fantastic thank you. Please do submit to Council, and I would be delighted if you would continue to monitor the situation.”

Satisfactory resolution

“May I take this opportunity to thank you for involvement in this complicated matter which is now at a conclusion. There is no doubt that your assistance has been of immense help.”

Approval despite objection

“It sounds like we are heading towards a fantastic result” “Thanks again Helen on assisting us hitting a major milestone – DA approval.”

Apparent breach by a [...]

"Once again I can’t thank you enough for your interest in this situation. It is certainly very distressing (and could have become very expensive)."

Contribution requested for [...]

"Thanks so much Helen. You're a champion."

Subdivision battle

“You kept the Council staff honest by not letting them get away with a sloppy assessment that wasn’t fair and that had errors of fact. Then you tackled the Councillors! Well done.”

Building a portfolio

“You gave me strategic advice that I hadn’t heard in any of the investment seminars I’d paid good money for. It was well worth while having a couple of planning sessions with you.”

A builder and separately an [...]

"We love the way the newsletter keeps us informed"

Sydney/Central Coast Client

"This is such great news! Thank you so much to Helen for the hard work and the quality of the submission and follow through that I have no doubt significantly contributed ... Collaborating made such a difference."

Commercial site search

“Even if it was uncomfortable news for us, you told it like it is, so we could make our own decisions about taking the risk or walking away. You saved us money by avoiding a big mistake.”

Central Coast client [...]

"You gave us a lot to think about and the background research and information was really helpful. You have a thorough knowledge of all the planning and legal requirements, and are very professional"

Subdivision after a refusal

“I never thought we’d get it approved, but you persisted with both the staff and Councillors and we got there. Thank you.” The land was immediately sold at a big profit with the Development Consent!

Privacy protection

“You did a fine job for us and we are most grateful to you for your efforts. We would happily recommend you to other interested parties.”

Another satisfied client [...]

"thank you very much Helen for meeting with us in Sydney and for all the great work you’ve done so far. You’ve put us in a strong negotiating position with our neighbour."

Dual Occ. Consent

“Thank you for getting us where we are today … approval. We are very appreciative of this and we know we probably wouldn’t have got there without your skill and expertise.”

Central Coast subdivider

"Thanks Helen for the information. You are certainly organised."

Pre-purchase uncertainty [...]

"you've overachieved, we can buy it now" "you have been an amazing help."

Central Coast client (lapsing [...]

"I can't thank you enough for the huge effort you personally put into achieving the successful outcome in the last two weeks. It was stressful for me but from the first time I spoke with you I knew I was in the most capable of hands. Your professionalism and never say die attitude is a very calming influence on your clients and I look forward to referring other people to your consultancy."

Central Coast client [...]

"Thank you so much Helen for bringing this to a positive conclusion. ... If you ever require a reference for your outstanding work I am very happy to provide it."

Central Coast developer ($6m [...]

"Thank you Helen for your efficiency: you promised the short-notice reports by c.o.b. today and they arrived during the morning, full of information."

Central Coast client on [...]

"Thank you again for such prompt service and high quality work. We will definitely be in touch soon to discuss the next steps"

Sydney/Central Coast Client

"Helen – thanks very much for your email and all your hard work. It’s a tremendous result. I agree with you that working together ... gave us much leverage!"

CC resident, national [...]

"You really know what you are talking about, and I deal with many Councils for our company’s properties"

Subscriber

"A phenomenal job done with this newsletter, and right up to date with the Federal Budget."

Central Coast client [...]

"A quick email of thanks for your time today. You certainly do know your stuff!"

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Dr Helen MonksDr. Helen Monks operates a consultancy that combines theory with extensive experience in town planning, regional development, approvals project management, mediation, and management of new and non-profit businesses. From May to October 2015, Helen was a Board member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, Chair of its Communications Committee, and was a member of the External Relations Committee in 2008/9. She gave a paper on housing affordability/subdivision costs in Perth, 2015, and another on land use zones responding to climate change in Wellington NZ then at Shoal Bay NSW in 2017. Nearly 40 years experience in property and regional development bring tangible benefits to clients. A particular skill is to solve complex problems effectively and creatively.

Helen is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (EIANZ) with recent multi-year entries in “Who’s Who of Australian Women”. In a pro bono capacity, Helen was registered until mid-2014 as an expert panel member for NSW Environmental Defender’s Office.  From 1997 to 2015, she was a voluntary contributor to NSW Wildlife (and flora) Atlas. During 2014, following restructuring of Catchment Management Authorities, she was appointed to the Central Coast Community Network, Greater Sydney Local Land Services (as a Bushcare representative).

In 1980 Dr. Helen Monks started her town planning and management career by contracting to various consultants in Sydney and the Hunter region, before operating her own practice in the New England region for six years with private and government clients. The projects included environmental plans, development studies and impact statements, feasibility studies, market surveys, submissions to government, analyses, demographic research and occasional University lecturing.

Between 1985 and 1993 Helen was manager of government and non-profit regional development organisations, based in the New England region and Armidale district. The role entailed working strategically with industry groups, with individual businesses, with State and local governments to establish, expand, attract or retain business operations. Her innovative approaches to management led to part-time external study for a Doctor of Philosophy to research the management of regional development organisations. The doctorate was conferred at UNE in 1999, then awarded the biennial Postgraduate Thesis Award by the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International.

Helen moved into local government on the NSW Central Coast in 1994, with diverse responsibilities in strategy, building, development engineering and town planning being carried out by about 120 management, professional, trades, technical and administrative staff. The annual budget ranged between $7m and $11m. Part of Helen’s role at Council was to mediate between parties to disputes in development and building, where she had a high success rate following training by the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre.

With six tertiary qualifications, Dr. Helen Monks is serving or has served as Chair, Deputy Chair, Director or member of many committees and boards. She completed a 3 year term as a Director of Central Coast Business Enterprise Centre in late 2011, and after 15 years retired as the second-longest serving member of the BEC and mentor service in mid 2014. Find Helen Monks on LinkedIn or through www.centralcoasttownplanners.com.au.

As part of her sporting interests which have included 2 Blues, she was a member of the Organising Committee for the Laser World Titles (open and masters) at Terrigal in February 2008.

Winner: Business Women Connect Central Coast Business Woman of the Year 2010

Instigator: Business Women Connect / University of Newcastle Faculty of Business and Law interactive program (2012-2016)

Winner: Business Women Connect Business Women Awards Professional Services category 2010
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