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Planning Panel Boundaries and Members

Sydney Central City Planning Panel

The Chair of the Sydney Central City Planning Panel is Abigail Goldberg.


Abigail Goldberg is an experienced Chair, NED and CEO who works across the private and Government sectors. She specialises in the infrastructure, property, transport, tourism and planning areas.

Abigail Chairs the Willoughby and Ryde Local Planning Panels and is Alternate Chair for the City of Sydney Local Planning Panel. She also Chairs a number of Audit and Risk Committees and Community Consultative Committees and is a Non-Executive Director of several companies. Abigail is a senior Gateway Reviewer for NSW Treasury, Infrastructure NSW, Schools Infrastructure NSW and the EPA NSW. She completed the maximum term as a Member of the independent NSW Planning Assessment Commission in 2012.

Abigail’s career features numerous senior private and public sector roles, including as Chief Executive Officer of Metro Transport Sydney and General Manager of South Sydney Development Corporation. She was Assistant Director of the Urban Design Advisory Service, a business unit within the Department of Planning, NSW.
Abigail is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Planning Institute of Australia. She has been a Mentor for the ‘Next Generation of Corporate Female Leaders’ program (Women on Boards) as well as for the Planning Institute of Australia, and received the Women’s Scholarship (Australian Graduate School of Business, UNSW, 1999)

State Members

David Ryan

David has over 35 years’ planning, legal and management experience, primarily at executive levels in private practice and local government. He is a former NSW President and Vice President of the Planning Institute of Australia and Convener of its Planning Law Group.  He has been a member of various District and Local Planning Panels and Design Review Panels. He has extensive expertise in strategic and statutory planning, policy and process reviews, due diligence and strategic development advice, the preparation and assessment of major development proposals, environmental assessments and Court expert witness services.

David holds qualifications of a Bachelor of Town Planning (UNSW), Diploma in Law (SAB), Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (UTS) and has been admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW (currently non-practicing). David is a Fellow (Registered Planner) of the Planning Institute of Australia, an Associate Member of the Law Society of NSW and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gabrielle Morrish

Managing Director, GM Urban Design and Architecture

Gabrielle Morrish has over 30 years urban design and architectural experience, both at executive levels in State and Local Government and within private practice as principal and managing director of GMU. She specialises in urban design both on a city and precinct level.

Gabrielle is a member of Waverley, Woollahra and Strathfield Local Planning Panels and is also a member of a number of design review panels for both Local and State Government across Sydney and NSW.

She has held the positions of Vice President UDIA and has been a Councillor of the AIA. She is also a life fellow of the AIA. She won the inaugural UDIA Women in Development Leadership award 2010. She has also held the role of the Director of the Urban Design Advisory Service, a business unit within the Department of Planning. She has been a member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee and the Urban Design Advisory Committee to the NSW State Government.

Gabrielle holds an honours degree in Architecture from UNSW and is a registered architect both in NSW and the United Kingdom. She is a recognised Urban Design Expert in Land and Environment Court matters.