Meet a Geographer — Working indoors

Adam Terrill

Associate Town Planner
Tract Consultants, Victoria

Adam Terrill

Work description

Adam undertakes strategic planning studies looking at the best locations and implications of new houses, shops, roads, train stations and parks. This involves site inspections, regular meetings, working with allied professions such as architects and engineers, preparing plans and reports and advocating proposals at VCAT or Planning Panels.

The best aspects of my job

The diversity of the work – one day you could be investigating a high rise in Docklands, the next a huge wind farm in Victorias west.

My prior studies

I took Geography in VCE, then studies Town Planning and Development at Melbourne Uni, before completing my education at Monash where I studied Environmental Science.

Career pathway

I managed to obtain great work experience at several town planning organisations/agencies which exposes you to the issues early. 

Future career options

… town planners are well placed to manage the big issues of the 21st century, such as climate change and housing affordability.The issues town planners deal with everyday are becoming more important and topical in everyone’s lives.  Increasingly, town planners are well placed to manage the big issues of the 21st century, such as climate change and housing affordability.

Advice to people considering this type of career

Get as much work experience as you can before you choose a career path.