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Darcy Modina

from Passion for Math to Development Manager
Manage, coordinate and deliver property development projects.
Construction and infrastructure
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  • Not knowing what I wanted to do when I left school
  • Finding how I can use my love for maths in a job

About me

  • Regional Background

My role is as an Assistant Development Manager with BMD. In my seven years at BMD, I’ve been involved in the successful delivery of a number of multi-million-dollar construction projects across urban development, road infrastructure, bridge construction and pipe works, working as an Engineer. More recently in my role, I’ve transitioned to a client representative role in property development and am now involved in the management, coordination and delivery of land developments.  

At school, I had no idea I wanted to be an Engineer, study Civil Engineering at Uni, enter the Construction Industry or Property Development Industry.  It wasn’t until I followed my love for maths in school which has led me to where I am today – it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.    

I am very passionate about breaking down barriers and empowering more women into the industry.  Empowered women, empower women!

About my role

  • Focused
  • Innovative
  • Logical
  • Reliable
  • Thorough

As a Development Manager, my main role is to manage the development of residential subdivision projects from the initial feasibility stage all the way to the completed product.  This means that I get to be involved in every step of the process, making sure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently.  A little bit about what I do in my role includes:

  • Keeping track of all the financial aspects of a project and making sure that everything stays on track.
  • Evaluating the viability of new potential development projects to determine if they are worth pursuing. 
  • Navigating the complicated world of regulation and permits by helping to obtain all necessary approvals to allow land to be developed.
  • Collaborating with the Project Directors and Sales and Marketing teams to determine product mixes, delivery schedules, theming, and pricing.  I am the go-to-person for all things related to the development process, providing valuable input and making sure that everything is aligned.
  • Coordinating with external consultants to ensure that the project receives the highest quality development consulting expertise. I have the opportunity to work with a variety of professionals in the field, learning from their expertise and ensuring the best outcome for the project.
  • Managing relationships with internal suppliers and external stakeholders. I am the bridge between different parties involved in the project, making sure that everyone is on the same page and working towards a common goal.
  • Engaging with government representatives for development applications, approvals, and infrastructure. I have the chance to interact with key decision-makers and help shape the future of our community.
  • Preparing reports to keep all stakeholders informed about the project's progress and potential risks. I provide updates and insights to ensure that everyone is well-informed.

In my role as a Development Manager, no two days are the same! I get to work on a variety of different projects that have unique challenges to overcome.  I play a pivotal role in bringing projects to life, working with a diverse group of professionals and making a positive impact on the community through the projects we deliver.

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  • Year 12 Certificate
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Class I Honours
  • Certificate III in Business


  • Biology
  • Building and Construction Skills
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering/Engineering Skills
  • General Mathematics (Maths A)
  • Geography
  • Mathematical Methods (Maths B)
  • Physics
  • Specialist Mathematics (Maths C)


  • ADG Engineering Bursary
  • NAWIC Scholarship
  • NAWIC Young Achiever of the Year Nominee


  • Gym
  • Pilates


  • 2 Dog

15 year old me!!

“Try not to over-think going into a “Male Dominated” Field. Times are changing, and more and more women are entering the Construction Industry – it’ll be the best thing you ever do. ”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Started Bachelor of Civil Engineering
  2. Started working as an Undergraduate Engineer at BMD
  3. Gained role as a Graduate Engineer
  4. Promoted to Site Engineer
  5. Promoted to Project Engineer
  6. Promoted to Assistant Development Manager

My employer

BMD is a national group of companies engaged in engineering design, construction and land development for clients and partners in the urban development, transport infrastructure and resources and energy sectors. Since 1979, BMD has employed a relationship based business model founded on certainty, collaboration and performance. With approximately 1700 staff throughout Australia, BMD has the resources and experience to deliver projects ranging in size from $1 million to over $1 billion.