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Planning for the people and contributing to the creation of spaces is what Nicholas Nalder enjoys most about his role as a Transport Planner.

His enthusiasm was sparked while studying a Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning with Honours at UQ.

“Some of the great lecturers really made an impact on me as a Planner,” he said.

“Dr Mike Gillen lectured in strategic planning and urban design and really forged my passion for planning at a macro level. All of the staff were genuinely interested in nurturing the students and providing us with all the tools to start our careers in the world of planning.”

Nicholas graduated in 2010 and worked as a Graduate Planner in Planning Policy and Legislation at the Department of Transport and Main Roads. He is now a Senior Transport Planner in the Department’s Transport Strategy and Planning Branch.

“The Transport Strategy and Planning Branch undertakes high level planning including transport studies, planning policy and legislation, planning appeals and development applications, and planning scheme review,” he said.

“My role is to facilitate and manage Coordinated Projects through the Environmental Impact Statement process. 

“It is integral to have a planning degree to understand not only the complexities of these projects, but also the many issues that may arise and how to address them.”

Nicholas’ advice to students interested in studying at UQ is to find an area they are genuinely passionate about.

“If you are passionate about what you do it is so satisfying to achieve great outcomes and develop your career in an area which genuinely interests and enthuses you.”


Last updated: Apr 26, 2016