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11 November 2021

Meet the Geelong Team

Ratio established its Geelong office in September 2019, an opportune time as Geelong and Regional Victoria continue to experience a period of exceptional growth and renewal.

The office initially focused on transport engineering but have expanded from two local staff to seven consultants who offer a full range of integrated services across transport, planning, urban design and waste management.

We recognise the importance that well considered and forward-thinking advice and local understanding provides in realising the best possible outcomes for the existing and future community as the region develops. Our local team is passionate about the place that we live.”

                                                                    ‒ Director Aaron Walley


Meet the Team

Director Aaron Walley – Transport

Aaron joined Ratio in 2016 and provides expert transport advice across a wide range of greenfield and redevelopment projects.

How long have you lived in Geelong and what drew you to the area? I was born and raised in Geelong and the surrounding area, with most of my extended family still in the Geelong region. I left after Uni to pursue my engineering career and chose to return to Geelong after a short stint in Tasmania about 6 years ago. Sometimes you don’t realise what you miss until you leave and come back and Geelong is on the doorstep to so much.

Where’s the best place to get lunch? This all depends on what you want from lunch! A long afternoon at a Peninsula winery is pretty good.

Your go-to coffee haunt? I like my coffee, but I don’t have a regular. That said I do tend to bypass that unique Geelong phenomena that is the drive through coffee shop. Not because of the coffee itself, but because I’d rather enjoy it from somewhere other than the inside of my car!

What’s your favourite local day-trip in the region? At the moment, anywhere along the coast that I can take the dog for a walk along the beach. She loves it as much as I do and there’s plenty of options.

What are your summertime plans? It will be a family and friends driven summer break this year given the last 18 months have limited our ability to properly catch-up. So probably staying near home and enjoying the local area.

 

Associate Ben Krastins ‒ Transport

Ben Krastins joined Ratio in 2020 and works on a diverse range of transport projects to reach land use objectives that are linked to a sense of place.

How long have you lived in Geelong and what drew you to the area? I’m a lifelong resident of the Geelong region and have never thought about leaving. In recent years though, I’ve moved to Leopold and I’m really enjoying the community and everything that the town and Bellarine has to offer nearby.  

Where’s the best place to get lunch? Family Pho at the top of Moorabool Street.

Your go-to coffee haunt?  I’m an early morning coffee drinker and I’ve been known to frequent Bean Squeeze several times a week for the better part of the last decade!

What’s your favourite local day-trip in the region? Apollo Bay or anywhere in the Otways.

What are your summertime plans? Spending time with the family at home and down the coast. 

 

Associate Henry Johnstone ‒ Planning

Henry Johnstone joined Ratio in 2016 and works across both public and private sectors to arrive at planning solutions that deliver best outcomes for his clients.

How long have you lived in Geelong and what drew you there? I moved to Geelong from rural NSW when I was 15 through my schooling years and loved everything that Geelong had to offer. Having recently relocated, I’m really excited to reconnect with the area and be part of its change.

Where’s the best place to get lunch? VN Rolls in Newcomb does one of the best Banh Mi going around or, alternatively, popping into the Gold Diggers Arms in Newtown for a pub meal.

Your go-to coffee haunt? My go-to coffee spot would have to be Geelong West Social Club.

What’s your favourite local day-trip in the region? Heading down the Surf Coast to Lorne is one of my favourite weekend getaways.

What are your summertime plans? Over summer I’ll be intending on spending as much time as I can down the coast at Lorne as well as getting back to NSW to visit my family. 

 

Associate Claire Whelan ‒ Planning and Urban Design

Claire Whelan joined Ratio in 2016 where she delivers urban design and planning advice to clients and specialises in residential development consulting.

How long have you lived in Geelong and what drew you to the area? I’m yet to make the move permanently but I’m excited for a change of pace and to be closer to the beach and my family on the Surf Coast.

Where’s the best place to get lunch? I like Box Office Café in West Geelong.

Your go-to coffee haunt? The café at Boom Gallery is a great space and you can check out the work of local artists while you’re there.

What’s your favourite local day-trip in the region? Too many to choose! There are some great wineries on the Bellarine or any of the beaches along the Surf Coast.

What are your summertime plans? Planning on spending most of the break at the beach and with family. Especially looking forward to my brother visiting from Sydney and doing the overland hike in Tassie with a group of friends.

 

Senior Planner Lee Shaw ‒ Planning

Lee Shaw joined Ratio in 2021 and enjoys working on impactful planning projects that elevate areas.

Where’s the best place to get lunch? If it’s a Friday, Pistol Pete's Food n Blues, Hot Chicken Project or Bubble Bar.

Your go-to coffee haunt? Moo-mouth on the weekdays, and That Place in Belmont on the weekends.

What’s your favourite local day-trip in the region? Is there any alternative to a drive down the Great Ocean Road?

What are your summertime plans? Using Jetstar routes from Avalon Airport as much as possible.

 

Senior Planner Chun Guo ‒ Planning

Chun joined Ratio in 2018 and holds local and international qualifications in town planning.

How long have you lived in Geelong and what drew you to the area? I moved down this way earlier this year because I want to be close to nature and escape from the busy city.

Where’s the best place to get lunch? My favourite places in Geelong are Sumi and El Santo Mexican.

Your go-to coffee haunt? Café Go on Bellarine Street.

What’s your favourite local day-trip in the region? A hike to Lorne waterfalls followed by dining in at a restaurant in the town.

What are your summertime plans? Master my Stand-up paddle boarding skills so I can take my board to Barwon River and Anglesea to enjoy the summer.

 

Consultant Anna Wilkins ‒ Transport

Anna joined Ratio as consultant in 2021 and provides specialist traffic engineering support to the Melbourne and Geelong teams.

How long have you lived in Geelong and what drew you to the area? I moved from Melbourne to Geelong in 2018 because my partner is based here. I love the beaches and the mountain biking.

Where’s the best place to get lunch? I can’t walk past A.D Charcoal Chicken at Warralily without a fried chicken burger ending up in my hands.

Your go-to coffee haunt? Laurie Lee and his Coffee Guy van. The man’s memory is unbelievable.

What’s your favourite local day-trip in the region? The mountain bike trails at Forrest or a trip down the Great Ocean Road.

What are your summertime plans? Hopefully a visit to see my family back in New Zealand, lots of rides in the You Yangs, and plenty of time on the beach at Torquay.

 

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