Putting the social back into planning.

Symplan is an urban and social planning practice supporting the private sector and Victorian state and local government in developing strategies that enhance health and wellbeing outcomes at the individual and community level.  Symplan is frequently offered repeated opportunities to assist local governments in Victoria in their strategic planning and policy development processes. We have a proven track record of completing both large and small scale consultancy projects, and designing the processes and team to match the scope of the tasks and expertise required. We often form collaborations between consultancies selected on the basis of their expertise, proven experience in the industry and similar values and philosophy. In many instances Symplan is the lead consultant, taking full responsibility for the project management and delivery of the final product.

Our services

Alcohol and gambling policy

Social and economic impact assessment

Community infrastructure plans and community needs assessments

Expert witness

Stakeholder engagement, community consultation and mediation

Planning for health and wellbeing

The principal, Bonnie Rosen

RPIA (Fellow), MRTPI, PRI (Mediator)

Being both an urban and social planner, Bonnie Rosen is finely attuned to those aspects of the built environment that facilitate people’s capacity to lead healthy, active and engaged  lives.

Bonnie is a Registered Planner with Planning Institute of Australia with over 30 years’ experience in Australia and overseas. Bonnie is also an accredited mediator with the Resolution Institute Australia and a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK).

Bonnie takes full responsibility for every component of the research projects undertaken by Symplan, ensuring that each process receives the full attention of a highly experienced urban and social planner.

Recent projects

Symplan has recently worked with local governments across Victoria on some exciting projects.

We have developed several social and planning policies guiding the location and operation of licensed premises and gaming venues for local governments in Victoria. We have recently prepared local planning and social policies for gaming venues the Cities of Melbourne, Melton, Manningham and Maroondah. We have also prepared alcohol management plans for the Cities of Wyndham, Hume, Whittlesea and Greater Dandenong.

Our expertise was used to prepare social impact assessments for large scale infrastructure projects such as the Westgate Tunnel Project, East West Link, Mornington Safe Harbour and extension of the Epping Rail line.

Symplan has worked with the City of Hume, City of Whitehorse, Austral Bricks and MAB Pty Ltd to prepare community infrastructure plans and community needs assessments to ensure new and emerging communities have timely access to appropriate community infrastructure and open space.

Bonnie Rosen is frequently called upon to appear as an expert witness before the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Planning Panels Victoria in the fields of gambling, licensed premises and large infrastructure projects.

Our strategic processes are guided by multi-level community consultation and stakeholder engagement processes guided by the principles of mediation and facilitation.

Symplan's primary focus is planning for health and wellbeing, developing strategies and policies that enhance and facilitate healthy lifestyles. We have developed several municipal public health and wellbeing plans and mobility strategies for local governments, and been involved in the preparation of early years plans.


Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, the Gambling Harm Conference has been postponed. Bonnie was looking forward to presenting on the role local government plays in preventing and minimising gambling-related harms alongside more than 80 local and international speakers at Australia's only conference dedicated to #gamblingharm.

Symplan is also delighted to be working with the City of Darebin on their new planning provisions for gaming.

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you!

Suite 1301, 9 Yarra Street, South Yarra, VIC, 3141

+613 9523 7538 or +61 419 574 481
+613 9804 8884

 “Thank you again for working so tirelessly on the Alcohol Harm Reduction Project. It is a piece of research and an SIA assessment tool that has already proven incredibly valued and valuable, and no doubt will continue to be a part of the fabric of liquor licence assessments for Council for some time to come!” Social and community planner, local government