As the Mornington Peninsula opens up from its second lockdown, it is more important than ever that we maintain the sense of connection our local community is famous for! This is where 'Behind the Dreams' comes in. We'll be meeting our vibrant, local building and design industry professionals for 10 fun, quick-fire questions.
Dan McQuinn - Principal & Founder at District Consulting
Tell us about you! What brought you to the Mornington Peninsula?
Dan: I’m one of the lucky ones that grew up down here! As a lawyer, it was bascially a rite of passage to move to Melbourne and work crazy hours in a big firm. After a few years up in town working, I moved back a few years ago and couldn’t be happier!
How do you like to live?
Dan: I’m an outgoing person, but when I’m at home I like to live a bit more of a quiet life. I love learning and self-improvement, so I am fairly introspective at home and like the simple things: time on the couch with my fiancée after a day at work, walks on our local beach, and cooking a great meal.
What’s the highlight of your working week?
Dan: Getting a great outcome for a client! Sometimes that might be a planning permit, or a positive decision out of VCAT – they’re some great moments. Other times, it can be something more subtle, like finding a new, unique ways to solve a client’s problem.
Describe your business in 20 words 😉, no more!
Dan: It’s quite unique – we offer town planning and legal services under the one roof. We’re all about achieving great outcomes.
What do you do on a Saturday?
Dan: Go for walks with my beautiful fiancée, grab a coffee, and spend time at the beach (if the weather permits!).
What’s your favourite house or garden trend at the moment?
Dan: I really enjoy watching the eco-friendly space. I love seeing the technology evolve over time, to become more accessible (and sought after) and more effective. It’s exciting to see!
Your proudest business moment?
Dan: Launching District Consulting during a pandemic, and growing it to where it is today. I’m really proud of where I’ve been able to get my business in a short timeframe, even during a global pandemic. I like to think that this success reflects my passion, and the results that I deliver to my clients
What do you secretly wish clients knew?
Dan: That unfortunately planning involves a lot of discretion from decision-makers (Council, usually) which means there are simply no guarantees. That said, having the right person on your side to manage the process can be a big help.
If you were a house… which one would you be? And why?
Dan: Hmm… That’s a tough one! I think I’d be a brownstone walk-up in Brooklyn. I love New York, and especially love the streetscapes in Brooklyn. They’re kind of understated, but have a lot to offer the more you get to know them.
Thank you Dan for sharing a bit about yourself with our Building Dreams community!