Karen Jurd
Director/Planning & Heritage Consultant
Prior to starting Complete Planning Solutions in 2014, Karen worked as a Planning Consultant with two respected consulting firms. Qualified with a Bachelor in Development Studies, Karen has experience on a diverse range of projects. Karen has worked within all spheres of government. Her extensive network of key industry contacts allows her to coordinate all required documentation to achieve a successful outcome of your development application. Karen likes to relax with good people and appreciates having the vineyards at her back door. Karen’s interests include golf (although she is not good at it), travelling, reading, boating and taking time to focus on what’s truly important in life.
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Our Vision Statement

Advocacy – We provide strong advocacy services ensuring you are treated fairly throughout the development process.  Integrity and loyalty to our clients is paramount. 

Empowerment – We provide personal, professional and practical building and planning advice to our clients.  By sharing our knowledge with each other and our clients makes the development process easy. 

Dialogue – we care about effective and respectful communication between all parties. Listening to our clients’ needs is at the utmost importance.

Excellence & teamwork – with good teamwork we achieve excellent results for our clients. We pride ourselves on being solutions focused.


Lara Searle
Para Planner
Lara is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Newcastle.  Employed as a Para Planner, she is responsible for the facilitation of development applications and liaising with Council and other authorities.   Lara has a background in customer service and a good understanding of the building industry.  These skills combined with her natural sense for advocacy makes her a valuable member of the CPS team.  In her spare time Lara enjoys catching up with family and friends, shopping and going to the beach.   

Ben MacLucas
Principal Building Designer
Ben has a Bachelor of Science (Architecture). He has worked for approximately 15 years as a Building Designer. During this time Ben has prepared design drawings for a diverse range of developments, include custom design dwellings; dual occupancy; multi-dwelling developments; commercial and industrial developments; and community buildings. Ben’s ability to listen to clients and understand their development needs ensures client satisfaction. In his spare time Ben enjoys family time with his partner, Ashley, and their three beautiful daughters.
Justin Maybury
Trainee Building Designer
Justin has worked in the building and mining industries. He has made a career change and is aiming to become a Building Designer. Justin’s quick wit ensures there is never a dull moment in the office. Justin’s passions include cars, bikes and has been a supporter of St George from a young age, we try not to hold that against him. While family is important to Justin he especially enjoys spending time with his granddaughter.