We believe in on-ground engagement and collaboration, and getting things done. We are inclusive, and sensitive and respectful to community, cultural and environmental values. Melting Pot Planning is action and outcomes-orientated, and will work with you to develop a sustainable, fit for purpose and innovative solution.


Melting Pot Planning is a friendly, community-minded consultancy with more than three decades’ experience in local government and delivering outcomes for the community.

This experience has given us a well-developed understanding of the council decision-making processes, strategic and political motivations, and also the drivers behind community needs and expectations.

We understand that the planning process can be daunting in its complexity, and frustrating in its ever-changing regulations, and we will adopt a practical approach and work with you to bring clarity, to broker sustainable, cost-effective outcomes.

We are inclusive, agile and outcome-driven, as well as affordable and highly experienced in collaborating with all levels of government, not-for-profits, community groups and individuals.

Melting Pot Planning is focused on people, place and environment; no job is too small, no planning issue too trivial, from a five-minute phone call to 6-month consultation, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality service and to providing a resolution of your planning issues. We can give you as much (or as little) support as you need.

Lisa Schiff NSW Town Planning Consultant

Lisa Schiff – Town Planning Consultant


Lisa is values-driven town planning consultant who is excited by cultural diversity and studied planning to make a difference in her community. Melting Pot Planning is based on Lisa’s belief that smallest interventions often have the greatest effects.

Lisa was born in the USA, grew up in Africa and emigrated to Australia in 1969, having lived in seven countries. She loves walking in the wild spaces, especially central Australia, and has travelled extensively through the Outback, including a hike from Innamincka to Birdsville to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes research.

She has also lived in regional NSW breeding Australian Stock Horses, Brahman cattle & working kelpies, and has had personal experience of the issues faced by rural communities and people living on the land.


We would be delighted to hear from you if you need some help or advice, but we would also love to hear from you about issues of common interest. Please send your thoughts and also links to items of interest. That way we can help each other …….