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Planning Panel Boundaries and Members

Northern Regional Planning Panel

The Chair of the Northern Regional Planning Panel Paul Mitchell.


Paul Mitchell is a town planner and environmental engineer. Paul is a Director at City Plan Services in Sydney and was previously CEO of two national planning/environmental services firms. He was a member/acting chair of the Sydney West and Sydney Central City Planning Panels since their inception in 2008. In previous roles he has served on advisory boards for both the World Bank and the United Nations.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Environmental Studies) from Macquarie University, a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Applied Science from the University of NSW. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

State Members

Penny Holloway

Penny holds urban planning, public policy and board director qualifications. She has over 30 years’ experience and expertise in government administration, strategic planning and program delivery at senior executive levels in state and local government in Victoria and New South Wales. In the last two decades she has held the positions of Chief Executive Officer of the Lord Howe Island Board; General Manager, North Sydney Council and Chief Executive Officer, Latrobe City Council (Victoria).

Penny has local planning panel experience being the Alternate Chair of Local Planning Panels at Willoughby, Burwood and Camden Councils, and Independent Expert on the Local Planning Panel of The Hills Shire Council. Penny has extensive Board experience and is currently a Board member of Local Government Procurement Pty Ltd and the Australian and NZ College of Paramedicine. She is also an independent member of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Board Audit and Risk Committee.

Penny holds the qualifications of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Monash University; Bachelor of Social Work, University of Melbourne; Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, University of Melbourne; Masters of Urban Planning, University of Melbourne and Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Stephen Gow

Stephen Gow has 34 years of experience in planning, working for local government and in private practise. Stephen has lived and worked in Northern NSW for over 25 years. Stephen has considerable experience working with significant developments and has a particular interest in heritage matters.

Stephen has a Masters degree in Environmental & Local Government Law from Macquarie University in 2000, a Graduate Diploma (Applied Science) Environmental Health from the University of Western Sydney in 1994 and an Honours degree in Town Planning from the Polytechnic of the South Bank in London in 1977. He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.