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Planning Panel Boundaries and Members

Western Regional Planning Panel

The Chair of the Western Regional Planning Panel is Garry Fielding.


Garry Fielding

Garry Fielding is a Town Planner with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. He was formerly Director of Planning and Development with Newcastle and Woollahra Councils; Executive Director with the NSW Department of Planning; and Chair, Hunter and Central Coast JRPP. He is currently Chair, Hornsby LPP; alternate Chair, The Hills LPP; and expert member, North Sydney LPP. He is a Life Member of the PIA.

State Members

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.

Graham Brown

Graham Brown is a retired Commissioner and Acting Senior Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court of NSW having served a total of three seven-year appointments.  During his time at the Court, Graham heard over 2000 appeals on a wide range of planning and related issues across NSW.  He currently sits as Chair, Alternate Chair or Expert on six local planning panels and is a delegate of Northern Beaches Council on the Sydney North Regional panel.

Prior to his appointment to the Court,  Graham was the Director of Planning Services at Baulkham Hills Shire Council (now The Hills Shire Council) where he oversaw the urbanisation of large parts of the local government area, including the Rouse Hill Release Area, in addition to subdivision, development control, building, health and waste and recycling services.

Graham has a Degree in Environmental Planning, a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

He is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and is a Nationally Accredited Mediator.