Emma Riley
Emma Riley

Graduate Diploma of Urban & Regional Planning
Graduate Diploma of Environmental Studies (Hons)
Bachelor of Environmental Design

Emma started her own consultancy in 2012 in order to work across a broad range of strategic and statutory planning projects utilising her experience in the Tasmanian planning system gained from working in both the public and private sectors and now project manages a wide range of planning projects from large scale master plans and structure plans through to individual development applications. She has been a practising planner in Tasmania for close to 18 years.

Emma regular appears as an expert witness before the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal and the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

Prior to establishing her own consultancy, Emma was project managing the Southern Tasmania Regional Planning Project: a joint initiative of State and local government and part of the State government’s planning reform agenda. As part of this role, Emma was involves in the preparation of the Southern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy and Regional Model Planning Scheme and was also responsible for extensive consultation with project sponsors, stakeholders and the community.

Emma has also worked as a consultant planner with GHD Ltd where she not only provided in-house planning assistance to a variety of Councils across the State, but regularly provided expert evidence in the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal and the then Resource Development and Planning Commission. Emma was also principal planner on a number of strategic projects including the award winning Huon Valley Land Use & Development Strategy. Prior to this Emma was employed as a Development Appraisal Planner at the Hobart City Council.

Emma believes that a well thought out and functioning planning system, can facilitate development that contributes to our social and economic health now while protecting our future. Emma is well respected throughout her profession and has a reputation for integrity, efficiency and thoroughness.

Professional Affiliations

Board Director, Planning Institute of Australia

Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)


Member, St Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Commission, Archdiocese of Hobart (current)

Former Chair and member, Tasmanian Planning Reform Taskforce

Past Policy Coordinator, Planning Institute of Australia, Tasmania Division

Past President Planning Institute of Australia, Tasmania Division

Former member of Building & Construction Industry Advisory Council

Former member of Affordable Housing Advisory Committee


Service to the Institute Award, PIA Tasmania Division (2011)

Young Planner of the Year, PIA Tasmania Division (2007)

Marjorie Propsting Award, for best performing female, University of New England (2003)

PlA, NSW Division Award, for highest overall grades, University of New England (2003)

PIA Consulting Planners Award for Urban & Regional Planning, for the most innovative ideas, University of New England (2003)

Clare Hester
Clare Hester

Graduate Diploma of Environmental Planning
Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation Management)
Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation

Clare has been with ERA Planning and Environment since 2013 and has been working as a planner since 2004. At ERA she has been directly involved with the development of strategic land use, tourism and recreation planning documents including the Boat Harbour Beach Master Plan, Kelcey Tier Master Plan, Dunalley Structure Plan and the Strahan Waterfront Precinct Plan. She has provided policy advice to government clients, the facilitation and management of development applications to Council and as well as the provision of expert evidence at both the Tasmanian Planning Commission and the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal.

During her time at ERA Clare has also gained accreditation as a Bushfire Hazard Practitioner, with accreditation under the Fire Service Act 1979 for scopes 1, 3A and 3B work. She has experience in developing performance-based solutions relying upon an emergency management approach.

Clare has been working as a Town Planner in both the private and public sector since 2004. The combined experience of the private and public sectors has given her an intimate understanding of the machinations of both the local and state governments and how it can be most effective on the development sector and the effects of development, including the processes for development approval, on the broader community.

Prior to joining ERA, Clare was the project officer for the Greater Hobart Mountain Bike Plan 2012, which involved the development and writing of a strategy to facilitate mountain bike trail development, management and tourism opportunities for the natural areas of Hobart and surrounds. Clare has also worked as a consultant planner at Johnstone, McGee and Gandy (JMG). During her time with JMG, Clare was based in Hobart, however worked throughout the State, providing in-house advice to a number of rural Councils. As a consultant, Clare undertook the management and writing of detailed strategic and statutory planning reports, as well as the provision of expert planning advice, to be considered by the Tasmanian Planning Commission and the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal.

Her skills include the writing of detailed planning reports, the writing and interpretation of strategic planning documents, the assessment of projects against planning documents, natural area protection and management, as well as the design and implementation of community consultation processes. Clare’s previous experience prior to becoming a town planner, in the outdoor industry (including working as a guide in natural areas and the design and coordination of recreation programs) gives her a unique perspective on recreational and open space planning issues.

Professional Affiliations

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

Accredited Bushfire Hazard Practitioner (TFS)

Anahita Jungalwalla

Bachelor of Science (University of Tasmania)

Anahita is a Senior Environmental Scientist who joined ERA in 2018, bringing with her almost eighteen years’ experience in Tasmania’s environmental management field. Anahita has worked in government and private sectors with the bulk of her career focused on environmental impact assessment services in the consultancy market. Her consultancy background has given Anahita the opportunity to participate in a very wide range of projects; providing services in environmental approvals but also project management, environmental management plans, ecological investigations, options analysis and environmental strategy documents.

The diversity of environmental approval projects is of particular interest to Anahita and she has helped clients to navigate all aspects of the approval processes from concept to operation for projects such as wastewater treatment plants, waste facilities, subdivisions, windfarms, aquaculture facilities, mines, power cables, pipelines and roads.

Anahita has an aptitude for the multifaceted nature of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and through her career has developed an excellent working knowledge of the broad range of specialist services which contribute to the EIA process. Her work in the assessment and approvals field has helped Anahita to develop a thorough understanding of the Council, State and Commonwealth legislative processes and develop strong networks within assessing agencies and specialist service providers.

Anahita is well versed in the coordination and delivery of key environmental approval documentation including Notice of Intent (NOI), Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plans (DPEMP), Environmental Effects Reports (EERs), Commonwealth Referrals and Parks and Wildlife Reserve Activity Assessments (RAAs).


Bachelor of Science (Geography/Zoology), University of Tasmania (2000)

Professional Experience

ERA Planning and Environment, Senior Environmental Scientist and Team Leader Environment (2018 – Present)

GHD Pty Ltd, Senior Environmental Scientist and Environment Manager (2004 – 2018)

Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER), Research Officer and Environmental Consultant (2001 – 2004)

Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), Environmental Scientist (2002 – 2003)

Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Research Officer and State-wide Coordinator for Clean Up Australia Day 2004 (2003 – 2004)

Clarence Land and Coastcare Network and other Landcare and Coastcare groups, Environmental Consultant and Program Supervisor (2002 – 2003)

Professional Experience

Finalist for the Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year Awards (2007)

GHD Client Service Awards, Tasmanian Winner (2017)

Caroline Lindus
Caroline Lindus

Graduate Diploma Urban and Regional Planning
Bachelor of Arts
Certificate in Engagement

Caroline joined ERA in 2016 and brings with her a wealth of experience across a range of planning disciplines; particularly local and state government after working as a planner since 2001.

Most recently, Caroline worked as a Development Appraisal Planner with Hobart City Council, which – at times – included acting as Senior Statutory Planner. She has extensive contemporary experience in development assessment and has appeared before the Tribunal on behalf of Councils in planning appeals.

Her professional experience also includes more strategic roles in the preparation of land use strategy, and the drafting and assessment of planning scheme amendments.

Caroline was seconded to work as a Senior Planner Adviser to the Tasmanian Planning Reform Taskforce and in 2013-2014 Caroline worked as a Senior Planning Adviser to the Tasmanian Planning Commission. Prior to this in 2011 Caroline was seconded to work as the Senior Project Planner for the Southern Regional Planning Project, working on the drafting of the Regional Land Use Strategy.

Caroline Lindus in also ERA’s community and stakeholder engagement lead and is registered with the International Association for Public Participation Australasia having completed her Certificate in Engagement and has recently lead engagement projects for the Department of State Growth and City of Hobart.

Caroline has developed strong working relationships with government agencies, community groups, local government, industry groups and applicants through her recent planning and engagement work and her years of working in the planning industry.

Professional Affiliations

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

International Association for Public Participation (IAPP)


Past Vice President, Planning Institute of Tasmania, Tasmanian Division

Past National Young Planner Representative, Planning Institute of Tasmania


Australian Young Planner of the Year (2005)

Tasmanian Young Planner of the Year (2004)

Mark O’Brien

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Bachelor of Science

Mark joined ERA in May 2018. He has over a decade of experience in the planning and development industry with a particular focus on transport planning.

Mark has worked for public, private and non-profit organisations across Australia. Starting his career as a Transport Planner for the Department of Transport and Main Road in Queensland, he spent the last five years before joining ERA as a Senior Planning and Engineering Officer at the Western Australia, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Utilising his science qualifications, Mark has also worked as an Environmental Scientist facilitating environmental impact assessments.

From 2010 to 2011, Mark had the opportunity to work as a Research Assistant for the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago, Illinois providing him with an insight to planning on the international stage.

He has contributed to the success of these organisations through great passion and aptitude for land use planning, transport planning, environmental planning and project management. Mark has undertaken duties including development assessment, policy reviews, corridor planning studies, research, network planning and environmental assessments to establish a broad understanding of strategic, statutory and policy planning matters.

Frances Beasley

Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons) UNSW

Frances joined ERA in September 2019. She has 7 years of experience in the planning and development industry with a particular focus on statutory planning in both the Tasmanian and New South Wales systems.

Frances worked as a development assessment officer for local government in NSW for 4 years, where she worked on both small and large scale applications including state significant development, multi-dwelling housing, residential subdivisions and the application of urban design and amenity principles for medium and high density residential development.

Upon moving to Tasmania, Frances joined a local planning and engineering consultancy where she was engaged in a variety of projects including the preparation of DA documentation for small to large scale residential and commercial developments. Frances was also involved in strategic planning projects, community consultation and the drafting of planning scheme amendments.

Frances has a Bachelor of Town Planning from the University of New South Wales, graduating with Honours and has completed the Planning for Bushfire Prone Areas course undertake at the University of Technology, Sydney. Frances is currently a provisional Bushfire Hazard Practitioner.

Professional Affiliations

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

Xin Guo
Xin Guo

Graduate Diploma of Environmental Planning
Master of Arts
Bachelor of Arts

Xin joined ERA in January 2015 and is fluent in both English and Chinese.

Xin had 4 years’ experience with M+K dobson mitchell allport laywers prior to this, engaged in migration and town planning matters. Prior to the legal employment, Xin was Location Manager for 4 years overseeing corporate real estate portfolio with the German company Siemens in China, where project management was her main focus encompassing:

  • developing location concepts for asset acquisition;
  • conducting site inspection & assessment, contract negotiation & finalization
  • team working for architectural and interior design;
  • producing layout plan drawings, conceptual designs;
  • participating in budget estimates and tendering process;
  • implementing energy-focused green building policy in construction and renovation projects; and
  • managing facility service and disposing of real estate assets.

Before working with Siemens, Xin was employed by the South Australian Government Commercial Representative Office as Commercial Officer. Her main tasks were to facilitate senior government dialogue and visits between the South Australian Government and Shandong Province, North China, and to work with the Australian Embassy in the promotion of trade opportunities for South Australian industries.

Xin’s early employment also includes marketing and administration roles in corporate situations as well as 4 years lecturing in Tai’shan University, China. Overall, Xin has over 10 years of multicultural and multi-lingual work experience in China and Australia in diverse professional environments.

Professional Affiliations

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)

Fiona Direen
Fiona Direen

Fiona joined ERA in 2016.

Fiona’s role it to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the business while providing a high level of professional service to our clients.

Fiona previously worked for the AMP Group in Client Service and Investment Roles. Fiona’s customer service, communication and administration skills are complimented by her accounting and technical experience.

Fiona is enjoying discovering the planning industry and keeping the team organised.

Claire Watt
Claire Watt

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Hons)
Master of International Urban and Environmental Management

Claire joined ERA in September 2017. She brings experience working in a range of government roles as well as in the private sector as a landscape architect.

Claire completed a Master of International Urban and Environmental Management in 2014 to develop a specialisation in urban planning. Most recently, she worked as an urban planner in the Strategic Planning Division of the ACT Government Environment and Planning Directorate where she worked on social planning issues, including early analysis to support a draft variation to incorporate active living principles in the Territory Plan.

Prior to this, she worked in policy and program management roles across a range of environment, climate change and international development-related areas in the federal government. Her public sector experience has given her skills preparing a range of written documents and policy analysis, managing large-scale projects, undertaking stakeholder engagement and working with multi-disciplinary teams.

Claire’s strong interest in urban issues and city design led her to refocus her career on urban planning, building on her early interests and experience working as a landscape architect. She also brings design and graphic skills to her role with ERA.


Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (ACT Group) prize for outstanding performance in the landscape architecture course (Joint Recipient) (2001)

Georgina Young
Georgina Young

Bachelor of Business Administration (Tourism Management)
Graduate Diploma of Environmental Planning (UTAS).

Georgina joined ERA in November 2018. She has over a decade of experience in the planning and development industry and has worked for both public and private organisations in both Tasmania and Queensland.

Georgina worked as a development appraisal office with Glenorchy City Council for 10 years, where she worked on both small and large scale projects including MONA and the Prince of Wales Bay Marina.

Prior to this Georgina worked in the Tourism Industry in both Tasmania and South America.

Georgina has a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Tourism Management, from the University of Tasmania as well as a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Planner. She was awarded a place on the Dean’s Role of Excellence for her bachelor degree.


Dean’s Role of Excellence, Bachelor of Business Administration

J. Ivan Botero Correa
J. Ivan Botero Correa

Graduate Diploma of Environmental Planning.

Master of Urban Water Engineering. 

Bachelor Geology. 

Ivan Joined ERA in November 2018 and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Ivan had 1+ years’ experience with the National Agency of Hydrocarbons Colombia, where he was working with the geochemistry team in the area of the exploration of unconventional hydrocarbons in the North of Colombia. Shortly after he started, Ivan became leader of the Coal Belt Methane exploration team in the North of Colombia.

Afterwards, he moved to the building industry and was working with Siete Construction Company for 1 year in the area of Geographic Information Systems where he was involved in different housing, roadways and control of geological risks projects.

Ivan is part of the Divisional board committee (2018-2019) of Young Planners Tasmania where is participating in different aspects of the planning industry.

From March 2018 Ivan joined to LifeLine Tasmania as a volunteer with the Chats program where he works with elder community.