Kate Heckelmann

Senior Planner

Kate is a qualified urban and regional planner, with experience in both the private and public sector spanning over 16 years. Her expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of planning disciplines, including statutory planning, policy development, and project management. Kate has a proven track record of leading high-performing teams to deliver complex planning projects, demonstrating exceptional technical skills, stakeholder engagement, and strategic problem-solving capabilities.

Kate completed her studies at the University of Queensland, distinguishing herself with the Ministers Town Planning Prize in 2010. During her tenure at the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning (DSDILGP), Kate led a motivated team responsible for navigating the complexities of statutory planning projects. Her leadership was characterized by a commitment to excellence, innovation, and stakeholder engagement. Notable achievements include the introduction of IT solutions to streamline planning processes, the development of interactive tools for public engagement, and the successful implementation of planning reforms.

Kate’s ability to build effective relationships has been instrumental in driving positive change within the planning landscape. She has cultivated strong partnerships with government agencies, industry stakeholders, and local communities, fostering a collaborative approach to addressing complex planning challenges.

As a member of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), Kate actively contributes to the advancement of the planning profession. Her participation in professional development activities, including mentoring programs and engagement initiatives, reflects her commitment to continuous learning and growth.

Kate envisions a future where planning is inclusive, sustainable, and responsive to the evolving needs of communities. With her blend of expertise, leadership, and passion for making a difference, she is poised to continue shaping the future of urban and regional development in Queensland and beyond.



Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning – Honors Class 2009 – University of Queensland.

Certificate in Engagement IAP2 Australasia

Key Projects

Strategic assessment for South East Queensland under the EPBCA 1999

Implementation of the Planning Act 2016 (QLD)

Creating and implementing the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) in Queensland.