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Planning Panel Boundaries and Members

Western Regional Planning Panel

Western Regional Planning Panel State members are Andrew and Sandra Hutton.



State Members

Andrew Hutton

Andrew is a Natural Resource Management professional with 25 years' experience in the agriculture, mining and extractive industry sectors. He holds a degree in Natural Resource Management with a Masters in Environmental and Business Management. Andrew is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) also holding formal accreditation as an Environmental Auditor and facilitator in Risk Management.

After 7 years in operations working in the mining sector in Qld and NSW, Andrew held the position of General Manager of a small multi-disciplinary environmental consultancy based in Newcastle, prior to it being acquired by SLR Consulting Pty Ltd in 2012. He was then appointed to the position of Technical Director and Executive on the Asia Pacific Management Team responsible for the Mining and Extractive Industry sector.   

Andrew was appointed to the former Planning Assessment Commission in 2015 and is a current member of the Independent Planning Commission.

Andrew’s experience in planning and environmental management is wide ranging with expertise in major project Environmental Impact Assessment, environmental licensing and permitting, mine closure planning and rehabilitation, stakeholder engagement and consultation, risk assessment and risk management, Environmental Management Systems and environmental compliance and due diligence auditing.

Sandra Hutton

Sandra 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 consultancy based in Lake Macquarie in the Lower Hunter where she has provided consulting planning services, primarily to the urban development sector. 

Sandra’s experience is dominated by her statutory urban planning base, expanded practically and pragmatically with skills in 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 currently continues in that role.  She was appointed as the local member for Lake Macquarie City Council on the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel, a role which she undertook for six years.