LGNSW Planning Breakfast & Awards

  • Date:

    24 October 2017

  • Time:

    7:30 am

  • Location:

    Strangers' Function Room, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Topic: The Importance of Planning

Guest Speaker

David Borger, Western Sydney Director, Sydney Business Chamber

Local Government NSW Planning Awards 2017 

Presented by The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, Minister for Planning, sponsored by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment

LGNSW Planning Awards 2017 winners

Excellence in Leadership

Division A: Outstanding individual contribution – Metropolitan Council
Andrew Watson
Ku- ring-gai Council
Judges’ comments: Against a backdrop of community opposition, this nominee began in 2008 a thankless task of changing his communities’ opposition to increased density and bringing the Council and community together to find common ground. Though strong leadership and by fostering a collaborative spirit, he has turned his council into a progressive local government that is now at 80% of its housing target of 10,000 dwellings by 2036.

Division B: Outstanding individual contribution – Large Regional Council
Scott Cox
Central Coast Council
Judges’ comments: With the merging of the Wyong and Gosford Council, this nominee drove the changes required without alienating staff. He brought certainty and stability to the process and embraced the opportunity to undertake transformation and improvements to all aspects of the planning business. It is pleasing to see the focus on values & behaviours leading to some real, positive outcomes in efficiency and staff morale.

Division C: Outstanding individual contribution – Rural/Regional Council
Mark Dicker
Blayney Shire Council
Judges’ comments: This nominee has played a key role in supporting best practice planning within Blayney and the wider central west region. He has led a significant number of planning projects including the Blayney Masterplan, Cemetery Mapping program and contaminated lands policy project. His leadership and collaborative style has yielded a positive planning culture and assisted the vision of the region to be reflected in the Central West and Orana Regional Plan.

Culture Change Innovation/Excellence 

Division A: Metropolitan Council
Sutherland Shire Council
E-submissions - The Civil Objection
Judges’ comments: Access to an online publication/register of objections to development applications is a simple but innovative idea that has helped drive a community- wide culture change. It has helped remove the emotion in objections to applications and reduced the handling by council staff. A side benefit is that objections have become less heated and targeted at what the issues truly are. A significant advance on previous practice that benefits customers, staff and confidence in the planning system and gives a lasting and major impact to community attitudes.

Division B: Large Regional Council
Port Stephens Council
Leading a customer centric planning culture - one team at a time
Judges’ comments: this nomination created an integrated approach to tackle culture, with the goal of being recognised by their customers as the best council they ave dealt with.  They asked themselves ‘if this was your business would you run it this way?’ If no, they set about to change the approach and used the ADRI (please explain) cycle.  One important question they asked of staff in the planning process was why they had become planners – ‘to help people’, a much needed cultural change. The result was a strong team culture and staff that are proud of the customer feedback and improved service delivery.

Division C: Rural/Regional Council
Goulburn Mulwaree Council 
Goulburn Mulwaree Employment Land Strategy
Judges’ comments: This rural nominee has adopted a strategy to ensure the availability of employment lands for their region to drive their future economy. The strategy was embraced at all levels of council and created a model for cross team projects and consultation. Another good example of a council-wide, strategic approach and positive management of change, to achieve a series of identified goals for the future of the region.

Event details 

This event is part of LGNSW's series on key planning initiatives relevant to local government.
The topic for this planning breakfast will cover the importance of planning, how we can re-think or re-imagine our approach to planning, infrastructure and the quality of life for our communities, as well as what councils and local governments can do to activate their cities towards better outcomes.  
David Borger was the youngest person to hold the office of the Lord Mayor of Parramatta where he served for three terms and provided leadership in progressing the Civic Place development, and promoting urban renewal in the city centre through the adoption of hew planning controls with a strong urban focus.  This transformed the city’s parks, public spaces and walkways. He chaired the Mayors’ Forum on City Design at the University of Sydney and the Central Parramatta Planning Panel.  In 2007, he was elected to the NSW Parliament and served as Minister for Western Sydney and Minister for Roads as well as Assistant Minister for Transport.   As housing Minister, he oversaw the construction of over 9000 new social housing dwellings.  Following the 2011 election, David  (and  his partner) established Think Planners, a busy planning firm with a focus on Western Sydney. 
The Minister for Planning, The Hon Anthony Roberts MP, will present the Local Government Planning Awards sponsored by the Department of Planning and Environment.  The Awards recognise excellence in planning and development services and will recognise both individuals and councils.  The awards focus on leadership and culture change, innovation and excellence. 
LGNSW’s planning series informs members and guests about key planning initiatives and provides opportunities to meet with senior industry stakeholders and discuss the latest challenges, regulations, funding and plans for NSW.

Strangers' Function Room, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney


Tuesday 24 October 2017, 7.30am – 9.00am


$99.00 LGNSW members, $132.00 non-members

RSVP Wednesday 18 October 2017


Attendees will gain accreditation points (CPD) from the Planning Institute of Australia.


LGNSW President Keith Rhoades AFSM at LGNSW Planning Breakfast 2016.


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