Damian Chapelle
Managing Director & Town Planner
Bachelor of Town Planning (University of NSW)

Damian is a town planner and managing partner of Newton Denny Chapelle with over 25 years experience. He is skilled in statutory and strategic planning with a focus on the facilitation and strategic planning of major projects. His extensive experience and involvement in the development industry has contributed to significant projects across northern NSW involving health care, residential, mixed use, industrial, commercial, retail, aged care and education sectors.  The depth of his engagement with Local and State Government decision makers, ensures Newton Denny Chapelle’s developments receive the highest level of consideration through the assessment process.

Damian is a respected member of the community and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Lismore.

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Tony Denny
Bachelor or Survey (Hons) (University of Newcastle)

Tony has over 35 years’ experience and being born and bred in the area, Tony knows the broader Northern NSW region like no other. He brings great local knowledge and understanding to any survey related matter.  Tony is registered to perform cadastral surveys New South Wales and as a result of his due diligence and knowledge, he is responsible for the fantastic low survey plan requisition rate that we currently maintain, whilst preparing many of the most complex survey plans possible for both the private and public sector.

Tony has had a long standing involvement with Goonellabah Football Club as a player and past President, culminating in Tony being awarded Life Membership at the Club.

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Adrian Zakaras
Town Planner
Director, Bachelor Urban Regional Planning (University of New England)

Adrian has extensive experience coordinating the preparation of development applications across the North Coast. His experience includes all facets of strategic and statutory planning including the management of teams to prepare major development proposals, preparation of Statement of Environmental Effects, due diligence reports, Planning Proposal (rezonings).  Adrian’s experience covers a wide range of projects in northern NSW in large and small scale residential, commercial, retail, subdivision and mixed use developments. He also has a depth of knowledge with respect to Part 5 applications relating to works on behalf of public authorities.

Adrian is an active member of his local community. He is a Life Member of Lennox Head Football Club, was President for 5 years and is still heavily involved in the operation of the club.

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Karina Vikstrom
Town Planner
BTP (Hons) (University of NSW)

Karina has extensive experience coordinating the preparation of development applications across the North Coast. She also has a depth of knowledge with respect to strategic planning, from both her time working with Local Government and subsequently with the private sector. Karina has worked on a diverse range of planning projects, including the preparation of development applications for larger scale residential developments (including Seniors Living, residential flat buildings, mixed use developments and subdivisions), commercial and industrial developments (retail, medical and warehouses) and Planning Proposals to amend Local Environmental Plans (zones, lot sizes)

Karina is an active member of her local community. She was the President of the Rainbow Children’s Centre for three years and the parent representative for the Ballina Coast High School redevelopment. She was previously Secretary of the Ballina Tennis Club and is currently a Committee member for the Ballina Basketball Association.

Karina on LinkedIn

Josh Blackler
Civil Engineer
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Bachelor of Business (Management) (Hons)

Josh is a Civil Engineer and Partner at Newton Denny Chapelle. He is skilled in Engineering Supervision and Site-Superintendency, however can assist clients through design reviews, authority applications and compliance with authority standards across a wide range of Local Government Areas in northern NSW.  Josh can help throughout your project from Preliminary Cost Indications, through to subdivision or occupation certificates, or final construction certification.

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Southern Cross University has been using Newton Denny Chapelle to provide advice and services to the University for well over 10 years. During this time, NDC have been key stakeholders from inception to completion for some of the University’s most critical projects.

 These projects include the continued development and expansion of the University’s fastest growing campus located immediately adjacent to Gold Coast International Airport. With the Gold Coast campus being located on airport land, NDC’s expertise was invaluable through the design and complex approval process and the subsequent challenges of site preparation and construction on airport land.

At the University’s Lismore campus, NDC have been, and continue to be, heavily involved in significant projects including the construction of a new Library, Engineering School, and the Southern Cross Football Centre in addition to planning and future development advice for the University’s Crawford Land estate, comprising 74ha located 1km south of the main campus.

Finally, at our Coffs Harbour Campus, NDC provided continued advice and expertise through the design and construction of the Allied Health Centre which opened in 2019. So successful was that project, that a second stage of the project for an additional building located adjacent to the existing building, is now at DA stage with construction due to start early 2023.

The accumulated asset value of the above buildings exceeds $250m, and without question, each has delivered considerable strategic value and growth opportunities to the University.

As the Vice President, Operations at the University, I consider NDC to be a valued and much trusted partner and one that I can rely on for responsiveness and exceptional attention to detail.

Allan Morris
Vice President, Operations
Southern Cross University