Snowy Valleys Council
Principal Planner

Posted: 20 Dec
Closes: 30 Jun


Snowy Valleys is in an enviable position experiencing sustained development growth and investment throughout the Local Government Area. As a key contributor to Council’s success in development and strategic outcomes, your mission will ensure that this growth is sustainable through the development and implementation of policy and strategic planning frameworks.

You will demonstrate a pragmatic and customer-centric ethos when assessing interesting but complex and diverse local and regionally significant projects. You will apply an enabling attitude towards appropriate and sustainable development to further Council’s ambitions to position itself as a regional leader for investment opportunity.

Showcasing your leadership skills and experience, you will build capacity in the team through mentoring and guiding less experienced staff in decision making processes. Centrally located, you will work between the desirable locations of Tumut and Tumbarumba.

Key components of this position will include:

  • Interpret and administer statutory provisions, standards, policies and procedures to ensure effective and sustainable management of the built and natural environments.
  • Partner, Inform and advise customers on matters impacting development to facilitate efficient and effective service delivery.
  • Assist in the delivery of strategic planning and policy outcomes to ensure effective future management of the built and natural environments.
  • Develop rigid policy frameworks that provide guidance on both development and strategic outcomes.
  • Provide internal town planning advice and guidance to certifiers and engineers processing other applications to ensure effective management of the built and natural environments.
  • Promote information sharing and knowledge transfer to drive evidence-based decision-making, enhance capability and optimise capacity.
  • Mentor and develop and build capacity with less experienced staff from across the Growth and Development portfolio.

Working from your choice of location within the Local Government Area will ensure that you leverage the benefits commensurate with the enviable lifestyle of the Snowy Valleys region.

To succeed, you will be an experienced professional with tertiary qualifications in Town Planning, Science or similar.

The Total Remuneration Package (TRP) for this position is circa $114,611 and a substantial market allowance will be negotiated with the right candidate depending on skills, qualifications and experience.

A fully maintained Council motor vehicle will be made available for private use on a leaseback arrangement. Council may also consider flexible work arrangements for this position in accordance with Council policy.

Please email Council at for an information pack.

This recruitment is ongoing and will remain open until the position is filled.

For further information about the requirements of the position or the work area, please contact Nick Wilton, Manager Development and Activation on 1300 275 782.

For information relating to the recruitment process please contact our People & Culture team via email

  • Council will provide reasonable adjustments for individuals with disability throughout the recruitment process. If you require adjustments to the application, recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please contact our People and Culture team at to discuss how we can support you with your needs.
  • Council welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and values diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We encourage all applicants, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, LGBTIQA+ and culturally diverse communities to consider opportunities for employment with Council.
  • Council has a No Smoking in the Workplace Policy and operates a random drug and alcohol testing program.

Snowy Valleys Council proudly acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of this land and water and pay respects to their Elders past and present.