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Planning Panel Boundaries and Members

Hunter & Central Coast Regional Planning Panel

The Chair of the Hunter & Central Coast Regional Planning Panel is Alison McCabe.


Alison has over 35 years of experience in statutory and strategic planning for State and Local Government sectors and in private practice. She has worked at Cessnock, Rockdale, Woollahra and North Sydney Council, and also at the then Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. Prior to establishing SJB Planning NSW in 2005 in conjunction with Stuart McDonald, Alison held the position of Director, Environmental and Community Management with Leichhardt Council.

Alison has been appointed the Chair for the Hawkesbury Council and Canada Bay Council Local Planning Panels, and Alternate Chair and Member for the Wollongong Council Local Planning Panel. Alison was also a long-standing State appointed member of the Southern Regional Planning Panel for 10 years.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New England, a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law from Sydney University and has lectured on planning-related matters at Sydney’s University of Technology and the University of New South Wales.

State Members

Juliet Grant

Juliet Grant is a respected and experienced planner with 28 years strategic and statutory experience in local and state government and the consulting environment. She has a deep knowledge of the political, policy and legislative environment and an in depth understanding of government processes and how to apply them. 

Juliet is a Registered Planner, Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and is currently PIA NSW Division President. Juliet is recognised for her ability to deliver quality planning outcomes that are robust and defensible.  She is an innovative leader able to inspire, engage with and motivate teams to achieve organisational goals and deliver business outcomes.

Sandra Hutton

Sandra Hutton has 22 years’ experience as a statutory urban planning professional and holds a degree in Urban and Regional Development and is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia.  After growing up in Regional NSW and an early career in Central Qld, Sandra moved to a multi-disciplinary planning consultancy based in Lake Macquarie in the Lower Hunter.

Sandra’s vast statutory urban planning experience incorporates a wide-ranging skillset that includes understanding sites and their capabilities, interpreting objectives and outcomes of planning controls, integration and resolution of multi-disciplinary issues and merits assessment.  

Sandra was selected as an inaugural Board member of the Lake Macquarie Economic Development Company in its foundation year and continued in that role until September 2020.  She also formerly served for six years as the local member for Lake Macquarie City Council on the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel, and as state member for the Hunter and Central Coast and Western Regional Panels.