About CLEARSTATE

Clearstate believes in making a difference that improves our customers’ lifestyle.

Established in 2011, Clearstate has developed 14 projects across north west Sydney, south west Sydney and Melbourne.

Our Principles

Empower our team to deliver effective solutions quickly.

Lead the industry through service excellence and a focus on the customer.

Work with purpose and in partnership with our business partners.

Values

We believe in delivering consistent quality: We strive for constant improvement and we leverage our experience to deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers. We do not accept the status quo and believe that there is always a better way.

We are Flexible: We always look for solutions. and we innovate to thrive.

We are Accountable: Our promise is to deliver land for our customers to build their home. Our commitment is to keep customers informed We believe open and transparent communication is important for our customers.

We believe that people make the difference: Our team works directly with our stakeholders, suppliers and partners to find the best solutions for our customers and celebrate our success.

WHAT WE DO

Clearstate develops land in growth corridors in Sydney and makes this available to new home buyers to build their own homes. The start of this process is to partner with existing landowners to purchase land and deliver the most value for them and their families.

Clearstate works with local Councils and the state government, in designated growth corridors to develop land. Clearstate can work with existing landowners to maximise value by providing advice through the planning process.

The key partnerships that Clearstate develop ensure the timely delivery of each project. We commit to communicating regularly with home buyers and vendors throughout the process to make it as easy as possible.

OUR PROCESS

ACQUISITION

Our Acquisitions Team works with local land owners and agents to source the best development sites, with proximity to schools, shops and public transport a priority. We are committed to working with our vendors to attaining the best possible results for all parties.

DUE DILIGENCE

A detailed investigation is undertaken to ensure a site meets all Clearstate development criteria, including power, water, sewer, gas and telecoms availability through to legal title, soil contamination, and zoning status.

Design

Our subdivision layout and servicing design is guided by our inhouse Development Team, with the support of industry leading consultants.

Land Sales

The land sales process is managed carefully by our partner agents, offering both house and land packages and vacant sites to suit.

Construction

Construction is managed closely by Clearstate as we directly engage with the contractors to install water, sewer, electricity, telecoms, and gas as well as roads, footpaths, streetlights, and landscaping. Our approach ensures the works are delivered to the highest level of quality. Our experience in construction includes remediation, earthworks, flood-prone sites, and short program operations.

LAND REGISTRATION

The final stage of the development process sees the newly created home sites registered at the Land and Property Information Office and officially handed over to our happy customers.

Finance and Project Debt

Clearstate work with fellow developers to fund their projects and construction. We are committed to working with our vendors to attaining the best possible results for all parties.

MEET THE TEAM

Our people are our point of difference.

Dean Willemsen

Managing Director

Dean founded Clearstate (formerly DNW Property Group) in 2013 after recognising an opening in the property development sector for a highly professional, morally bound, and customer-focused business.

He has a wealth of experience in founding and growing Prime Build, a highly successful construction business. He still lives and breathes Prime Build’s “nothing is a hassle” mantra and is widely recognised as an inspirational leader.

Clearstate is a member of DNW Group that was founded in 2016 with a vision to provide executive leadership over the direction of its companies. Dean leads over 100 employees across the Group and is passionate about delighting the customer.

Dean was nominated as the 2015 Ernst & Young entrepreneur of the year and travels widely learning from the best developments around the world.

His drive and passion guide the Clearstate team to innovate and create rewarding places to live for its customers.

Education & Training
Certificate IV & Diploma in Construction
Certificate III in Carpentry
Qualified Carpenter
Qualified Supervisor

Steve Barlow

General Manager

With over 11 years of experience in development, Steve brings an impressive and well-rounded skillset within the property development, land subdivision, and master planning.

Steve spent the first few years of his development career with Mirvac, followed by almost ten years with Stockland where he was responsible for delivering Stockland’s NSW portfolio of land subdivisions and working across projects such as ‘Willowdale’ at Leppington and ‘Elara’ at Marsden Park. Steve’s focus is on leading the Clearstate team and running company’s growing business operations.

Possessing a strong track record in mentoring and an in-depth understanding of the property development process, his wealth of knowledge and experience inspires and motivates the team to continue to achieve greatness.

Bachelor of Property Economics – University of Western Sydney

Tim Wrate

Financial Controller

As Financial Controller, Tim plays a pivotal role in creating sound financial direction, corporate and treasury strategy and ensuring risk management is at the forefront of every project decision. He leads the Clearstate finance team in adopting best practice financial systems that operate efficiently and effectively and within accepted guidelines. Tim helps ensure cohesive and innovative funding outcomes for all of Clearstate’s projects

Tim has enjoyed many years working across a breadth of businesses in seven years as an external auditor with a big four accounting firm, and more recently as the Finance Manager for a large construction firm. Tim has a strong accounting and financial control background, underpinned by his CA qualification.

We asked Tim what has changed since he joined the Clearstate team in 2015.

“Now set to deliver our fifteenth project, Clearstate has enjoyed incredible growth over the past five years. The foundation of this growth is simple; the customer is at the core of everything we do. Our focus on delivering the best possible outcomes for customers makes Clearstate a stand-out place to work.”

B. Business (Maj Accounting & Finance) – University of Technology Sydney

Post Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting – Institute of Chartered Accounts Australia and New Zealand

Maurice Fitzpatrick

Senior Development Manager

Maurice brings a wealth of technical and project management experience to the Clearstate team, utilising the skills he has garnered working both within Australia and internationally. Maurice is passionate about providing quality places to live through smart effective design. He is also concerned with providing safe environments for our staff and customers.

As the Senior Development Manager, Maurice manages the Clearstate Development team. He also maintains a close working relationship with our consultants to ensure that each Clearstate project is delivered on time and within budget. With a keen focus on risk identification and mitigation strategies, he looks to maintain control and security across all Clearstate developments. Maurice also looks to provide a unique positive experience for all our stakeholders, from our consultants to our customers.

Bachelor of Structural Engineering – Dublin Institute of Technology

Kamila Sager

Development Manager

Kamila has over 10 years’ experience in the development industry primarily working for Stockland as a GIS Research Analyst, then an Assistant Development Manager. She also brings a wealth of experience from her time working for the Department of Planning and Environment in research and training in GIS systems.

Her analytical and thorough research methods add a unique and considered perspective to the management and development of Clearstate projects.

Master’s Degree in Applied Science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – University of New South Wales

Master’s Degree in Transport/Logistics Economy – University of Szczecin, Poland

Tony Maw

Acquisitions Manager

As a UDIA NSW 2020 committee member with over 20 years of experience in Australian property development and construction, Tony is responsible for managing the sourcing, assessment and acquisition of development sites.

“We leverage customer feedback and the significant development experience of the Clearstate team to continuously improve product, price and delivery”

Mark Leathan

Marketing and Customers Relations Manager

Mark is a customer and marketing specialist with over 20 years’ experience in Blue Chip companies including Stockland, AGL Energy, Caltex, Philips, Sharp and Samsung.

With diverse experience ranging from property and energy to consumer electronics and children’s publishing, Mark has demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to succeed across diverse B2C and B2B markets requiring different marketing strategies that focus on the customer to achieve success.

As the Marketing and Customer Experience Manager, Mark is responsible for ensuring the Clearstate customer experience and brand reputation leads the industry. He works closely with customers, stakeholders, and external partners to promote the brand and uphold its values.

Mark has been part of the Clearstate team since 2017. Mark’s personable approach helps guide customers through the purchasing journey, from enquiry to settlement.

“Delivering a great customer experience is an attitude. Here at Clearstate, we believe it is everyone’s role to deliver a great experience, from the way we communicate to the way we deliver our projects. That makes it a great place to work.”

Education & Training

Talent Management Program Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Masters’ of Business (Marketing) University of Technology Sydney
Direct Marketing ADMA/University of NSW
Martina Mulder
Senior Financial Accountant

Martina Mulder

Senior Financial Accountant

Arun Sayanthan

Administration and Development Assistant

OUR PARTNERS

Clearstate has experienced strong growth since its inception in 2014. We have recently secured like-minded capital partners to help continue and accelerate our growth allowing us to deliver more to our customers.

OUR MILESTONES

2018

$50M capital raise laying the platform for future growth and project acquisition.
2018

2017

Clearstate ranked #3 in BRW Fast 100 list.

First customer event – Alex Ave long lunch welcoming customers to their new community in Schofields.

GM Steve Barlow employed to give greater focus and direction for the business.

2017

2016

First ever crowd funding deal for a subdivision in conjunction with Venture Crowd raised funds for two projects. Finalist in PCA Innovation awards.
2016

2015

Acquired further sites in the north west growth corridor and expanded to Sydney’s south west growth corridor with two sites.
2015

2014

DNW Property Group acquired its first four development sites in Sydney’s north west Growth corridor.

2014

2011

Dean, Clearstate founder, acquired the first subdivision project in Wahroonga.

2011
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