Chris is the founding Director of Civil Engineering and Environmental Planning at Bligh Tanner Pty Ltd. His expertise includes town planning, sustainable land development, infrastructure master planning, integrated water management and water sensitive urban design (WSUD). With over 30 years’ experience throughout Australia and Asia, Chris has a broad understanding of complex issues spanning these areas. He is highly regarded as a leader in sustainable and sensitive development with a focus on solutions that complement the natural environment.
Chris has undertaken a wide range of projects for private and public institutions or companies, including: infrastructure design and master planning for the University of Queensland, National Parks facilities and growth planning for many Local Authorities; flood studies and infrastructure planning for a range of new Bunnings stores, hospitals and other institutions; negotiating planning approvals for large-scale land developments including residential and integrated (aged) care facilities; design and implementation of internationally acclaimed sustainability projects such as the Currumbin Eco Village, and the Fitzgibbon Integrated Water Management Schemes (supplying about 50% of total water demand to 1,200 homes); policy development for Local Authorities water related infrastructure and planning controls; designing and implementing new cycle facilities, such as the ‘Gabba to Goodwill’, a dedicated bikeway link into the heart of Brisbane, and a new world class Criterium track at Ipswich; and providing expert witness services and civil engineering advice.
Chris was a member of the industry lead advisory panel – the Water Expert Panel – advising the Ministers for Energy and Water Supply, and Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports. He is currently acting, pro bono, in the role of Regional Manager, Queensland, for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. Chris has regularly presented innovative case studies to local and global industry audiences. He studied engineering in Tasmania and urban planning in Queensland.