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Planning Panel Boundaries and Members

Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel

The Chair of the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel is Carl Scully.


The Hon Carl Scully is a former member of the NSW Parliament (1990 – 2007) and from 1995 to 2006 held various Ministerial portfolios, including Roads, Transport, Housing, Police and Leader of the House. From 2007-2015 Carl worked for WorleyParsons in a local consulting role and then for several years in a semi-global business development role, primarily in Africa. Since late 2015 he has been semi-retired.

During his tenure in Government, Carl was responsible for the planning and delivery of several major infrastructure projects, including the Eastern Distributor, the Cross-City Tunnel, the M5, the M7 and the Lane Cove Tunnel Motorways and the Epping to Chatswood rail link. He was also responsible for implementing numerous key policy reforms and the planning and delivery of transport logistics for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Carl was a solicitor from 1983 until 1989 and was Chair of the NSW Mining Safety Advisory Council from 2015 to 2018 and has been Chair of the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel since January 2018.

State Members

Amelia Thorpe

Amelia Thorpe is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law and Justice at UNSW. Amelia has degrees in Architecture (UWA) and City Policy (Murdoch) as well as Law (Oxford, Harvard, ANU), and professional experience in planning and in public interest environmental law. She is co-editor in chief of Australian Planner, serves on the City of Sydney Local Planning Panel and the City of Swan Design Review Panel, the boards of Shelter NSW, the Association for Law, Property and Society, and the Environmental and Planning Law Journal, and was founding co-chair of the PIA NSW Women in Planning Network, leading the development of Australia’s first national gender equity policy for the planning profession.

Amelia teaches and researches across planning, property and environmental law; her publications include Owning the Street: The Everyday Life of Property (MIT Press, 2020) and articles in journals including International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, Planning Theory & Practice and Urban Studies, as well as professional outlets such as Architecture AU, Australian Local Government Yearbook and Australian Design Review. Amelia has three school aged children, and has worked part time throughout her academic career.