Our Experience

We are Cairns locals with decades of local town planning experience, working on projects across the Far North Queensland region.

Stuart Ricketts

Director and Senior Town Planner

Matt Ingram

Senior Town Planner

Justin Phipps

Town Planner

Ainsley Newton

Operations Manager

Stuart Ricketts Director + Senior Town Planner

Stuart is an expert in the coordination and delivery of complex statutory approvals and has a strong track record of successfully guiding clients through the statutory planning processes. Stuart is a competent Approvals Manager having completed several long-term projects that rely on input from numerous technical disciplines, plus an understanding of the environmental, community and infrastructure demands which affect planning outcomes.

His long-term involvement in the planning and development industry in Cairns, including UDIA and other representative groups, has allowed him to build strong relationships with statutory authorities and leading technical consultants in related fields. Stuart is passionate about delivering sustainable outcomes.

Matt Ingram Senior Town Planner

Matt joined Urban Sync in January 2016. Prior to this, Matt spent time in both Local Government and private practice which has given him a unique understanding of both sides of a development and the application process.

Matt has hands-on experience and a proven track record in delivering technical and strategic consulting services for a wide range of developments ranging from small lot subdivisions to larger, more complex developments requiring State and Federal involvement.

Justin Phipps Town Planner

Prior to commencing work with Urban Sync, Justin completed work experience at the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning which gave him an insight into regulatory frameworks and assessment.

Justin has experience in researching and coordinating various development projects including small lot subdivisions, retail and commercial developments, and small-to-medium residential projects. Justin strives to apply real-world knowledge and experience to achieve the best outcomes for our clients.

Ainsley Newton Operations Manager

Ainsley is our Operations Manager and keeps the back of house running smoothly for our team. Project Management, Accounts, HR and everything else in between.

Prior to Urban Sync, Ainsley worked as a Client Assistant at Simple Sums. With exceptional customer service and organisational skills, Ainsley works hard to ensure the team is fully supported and clients are looked after.

When she’s not at work, Ainsley enjoys camping, keeping fit and spending time with her family and friends.

What our clients say...

Botanica Property Group engaged Urban Sync to assist in realising its vision for the first truly modern tropical community in Cairns. We are delighted with the outcome and really enjoyed working with the team. We look forward to a continued association with Urban Sync as our vision becomes a reality.

Robert Wallace
Director - Botanica Property Group Pty Ltd

We approached Urban Sync to assist in the process of updating an existing development approval. Urban Sync were very considerate of our time restraints and provided advice that was easy to understand which enabled us to make well-informed business decisions. We would highly recommend the team at Urban Sync.

Robin Gordon
Managing Director - Medcare Pty Ltd

We have worked closely with Urban Sync for many years in relation to our various residential subdivisions. We have always looked to the Urban Sync team for advice and we are impressed with the service and dedication we receive. The Urban Sync team have practical, implementable strategies that you won’t find anywhere else.

Paul Barry
BGI Group