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Planning Panel Boundaries and Members

Sydney South Planning Panel

The Chair of the Sydney South Planning Panel is Helen Lochhead.


Professor Helen Lochhead is the Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales.  Helen is an architect, landscape architect and urban designer who has held senior roles in the NSW government. These roles include Deputy Government Architect, Executive Director roles at Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Sydney Olympic Park Authority.

Helen is a member of the Planning Assessment Commission, is on the National Board of the Australian Institute of Architects and is on the Board of Directors for the AIA Foundation. Helen has previously been appointed to the Central Sydney Planning Committee, the ACT Planning and Land Council, Gungahlin Development Authority and the NSW Heritage Council.

Helen graduated from the University of Sydney and Columbia University and has taught in Australia and the United States. Helen was a Fulbright Scholar and has received a number of Fellowships, including the Lincoln/Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

State Members

Bruce McDonald

Bruce McDonald has extensive experience in local government and planning, having served with Penrith City Council in a range of planning roles for over 35 years, culminating in an appointment as Deputy General Manager.

While now retired from full time employment Bruce maintains a keen interest in planning and local government issues.

Bruce is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia

Nicole Gurran

Nicole Gurran is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Sydney. Nicole has led and collaborated on numerous research projects, with a focus on affordable housing, and has worked with local and State government in several roles related to planning and housing issues. Nicole directs the University’s Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) node.

Nicole lives in Sydney and has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and an Executive Member of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association. Nicole also has a Doctorate of Philosophy, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Bachelor of Arts, all from the University of Sydney.