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Planning Panel Boundaries and Members

Western Regional Planning Panel

The Chair of the Western Regional Planning Panel is Gordon Kirkby


Gordon Kirkby has over 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors as an urban and regional planning expert. Gordon is currently a Director at JBA Planning, where he has managed a broad range of major urban renewal, greenfield and industrial projects.

He has held a number of senior positions at the NSW Department of Planning from 1992 to 2006, including as Director of Rural and Regional Policy, Director of Strategic Assessments and Director of Urban Assessments. During this time, Gordon worked as part of the Western Region team on a number of major manufacturing and rural industry projects.

Gordon holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney.

State Members

Ruth Fagan

Ruth Fagan has extensive State and local government advisory board experience. She has a wide-ranging knowledge of rural communities and industries in the western region of NSW, including tourism, agriculture, small business and events. Rtuh ahs served on the Board of Tourism NSW, Regional Arts NSW and was a member of the NSW Regional Flagship Events panel.

As a resident of Cowra for 35 years, Ruth has held a number of regional leadership roles. She is a Councillor on Cowra Shire Council, a Director of the Central West Regional Development Board and a Board Member of Local Government NSW. As part of an advisory business she is the Executive Officer of the Western Division Councils of NSW and she operates a retail busienss in Cowra.

Ruth holds a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University.

Mark Grayson

Mark Grayson has held a number of senior roles in both local and State Government planning, and senior positions in private practise. His work in local government planning includes roles with councils across rural NSW, including as a senior planner at Shoalhaven City, Penrith City, Yass Valley, and Wollongong City Councils.

Mark also has six years’ experience with the NSW Department of Planning, as Acting Director of Regional Coordination and as Manager of Local and Regional Planning for the Southern Region. Here Mark played a key role in managing the regional plan making process for 37 regional councils in the south west of NSW, including the whole of the Murray, and led interstate Murray planning initiatives as well as regional planning forums.