NSW Division

Conference & Awards

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NSW State Conference 2014

Hunter Valley 15 - 17 October 2014

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PIA NSW Awards for Excellence

Nominating for the NSW Awards is your opportunity to celebrate achievements and to both recognise and acknowledge contributions to planning in NSW.


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Upcoming Events

Northern Branch Networking Event, Coffs Harbour, 29 August 2014

2014 Toolbox series - Sydney Green Grid, Sydney, Thursday 18 September 2014

Master Class - Negotiation Target Practice, Hunter Valley, 15 October 2014

State Conference, Hunter Valley, 15-17 October 2014

Southern Branch Planners Seminar and Lunch, Cooma, Friday 31st October 2014

Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner,
Sydney, Wednesday 5 November 2014

2014 Toolbox series - #6 Sydney, Thursday 13 November 2014

News, Views & New Planner

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Your interest in surveying planning professionals to identify core skills for planning degrees

The planning program at Macquarie has an internal grant to examine how the Bachelor of Planning and Master of Environmental Planning courses can integrated the right mix of practical skills into the curriculum. As you know professionally orientated degrees such as planning require students to have mastered or at least are familiar with some of the basic skills before they enter the workplace. One of the aims of this project is to ensure that our graduates meet the expectations of industry.

Macquarie University is looking for someone working in or very familiar in urban, regional and environmental planning to assist in working on this project with him. This would be a casual and paid research role through to the end of this year.

Should this be of interest to you or if you would like more information please contact Peter Davies, Program Director - Master of Environmental Planning, Macquarie University.


Office of Environment and Heritage - Sustainable Housing Collaborative

PIA is collaborating with organisations across the housing industry on an initiative to drive customer demand for more sustainable homes. These are homes that have features that increase comfort and healthy living while reducing running costs and the impact on our environment.

We seek to understand industry and consumer attitudes and are interested in your honest opinion, based on your experience in the housing industry.

Complete the short survey.


City of Sydney Draft Hoardings and Scaffolding Policy and draft Guidelines

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Development of the Year for 2014

Chris Johnson takes you on a tour of the Urban Taskforce Development of the Year for 2014, One Central Park, by Fraser’s Property and Sekisui House. This award winning example of urban living encompasses parks, shopping, green walls, giant cantilevers and high rise green towers all located close to Central Station. View the video.


Expressions of Interest

The PIA NSW team is seeking member input in the process of developing a range of core training sessions - it is proposed that these sessions will vary in duration from half days to one day and with the added option of being developed into a 'Master Class'

Should you be interested in being part of PIA’s Professional Development Program please fill in your details in our Expressions of Interest application form.


NSW Biodiversity Legislation Review

The Independent Biodiversity Legislation Review Panel Issues Paper has been released.


The first release of E-Planning Tools

To access the tools visit the NSW Government E-planning website.


Minor changes to Exempt and Complying Development

To view changes visit the NSW Government’s Exempt and Complying Development page.


Release of Licence Assessment reports

Hunter Water Corporation Operating Licence and LPG Distribution Licence


Working Paper Ten

Working Paper Ten: Transport is available for comment until Monday 25 August 2014


Directors of Planning

The first Directors of Planning Forum was a great success. Invitations for the next Directors Event in September will be sent shortly.

PIA NSW partnered with Planning Law Solutions, with Guest Speaker Professor Leslie Stein presenting 'The Last Gasp of NSW Planning Reform: An International Perspective' 29.07.14


Carolyn McNally has been formally appointed as the Secretary of the Department of Planning and Environment.

Visit the Department of Planning & Environment's Media Centre page to view Premier Mike Baird's Media Release


The Bays Precinct Redevelopment Project Update

NSW Premier's Media Release


Opinion Piece - Sustainable suburbia?

Would Mad Men’s Don Draper feel at home in one of the ever-expanding suburbs on the margins of our major cities? I think so.

Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA

Click here to view article


Biodiversity legislation review

The NSW Minister for the Environment has appointed an independent panel to undertake a comprehensive review of the Native Vegetation Act 2003, Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and related biodiversity legislation (link to the website).

PIA NSW is part of the stakeholders engaged in the comprehensive legislation review and is looking for members who would like to contribute to PIA’s inputs and responses into the review. Please email PIA NSW Environment Chapter chair Javier Valderrama if you are interested in participating.


Your future NSW to 2031: Population, Household & Dwelling Projections

The NSW Government has released updated population, household and dwelling projections providing a detailed assessment on how our population is expected to change over the next 20 years. The projections show NSW growing by 100,500 people on average each year to 2031. Click here to view all the projections


CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR) Project Update No. 5 | July 2014

Latest news on light rail in Sydney


Employment Lands Strategy - 2014 to 2019 - City of Sydney

To view strategy click here


Call for Comments on - A renewed Local Planning Strategy for Newcastle

Thank you to those who made comments on the previous working papers. You will find your comments in the finalisation of the relevant working paper.

Working Paper Nine: Hazards is available for comment until Monday 28 July 2014

Working Paper Nine, titled “Hazards”, is now available for comment and can be found at: this link or the Newcastle Region Library on Laman Street, or Customer Enquiry Centre, 282 King Street, Newcastle.


Transport Committee Report

Below are a list of issues discussed at the recent meeting.

  • Transport Chapter to lead Second Sydney Airport/Western Sydney Airport tasks. Prepare and circulate draft dot points.
  • Note Master plans for Sydney Airport KSA was approved in 2014 and T1/T2/T3 Ground Access Solutions and Hotel PRELIMINARY DRAFT MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PLAN is currently on display till 22 Sept 2014. Chapter is considering a response.
  • TfNSW / DPI transport and land use forum - next opportunity to PIA to be involved ?
  • Watching brief on North Connex ( M2-F3/M1 link) and on M9 outer orbital motorway
  • SMH editorial of 30 June was discussed – re private rail operator and sale of assets. Chapter supports rail trails, in that they activate an underutilised corridor but still preserve the route for future re-use if required.
  • Clarify planning process for West Connex. PIA was briefed in the project as it stood in 2013, but there are reported to be major changes to the proposals being considered. The NSW Government has asked the WestConnex Delivery Authority to come back to government by the end of the year with detailed analysis on whether the northern and southern extensions are possible, and unlikely to be released to public until 2015.
  • The Chapter considered thoughts from the last meeting that the issue about town centres being origins or destinations is a significant issue particularly from a land use planning perspective (TOD etc) and that the Department of Planning don't seem to recognise its importance. Noted Lifestyle TODs vs. Commuter TODs. Noted important in Urban Activation Precinct work too. The example of Southbank in Brisbane works. Not sure how we might get some traction of this matter - maybe through the PIA planning group?

Colin Henson, Henson Consulting


Introducing PIA NSW new Learning Development Specialist -

Molina Pho

Molina joins PIA NSW in this pivotal role, with her extensive experience in delivering marketing campaigns, project planning for conferences and events, administration, budget planning, professional customer service, creative writing, relationship building, visual images, presentations, IT knowledge for leading nonprofit and corporate, in the educational industry. She is a highly competitive, passionate, persuasive and articulate individual and I feel confident that Molina will be a great asset for PIA NSW in the delivery of the newly revamped CPD and Events Program.

If you’d like to contact Molina, please feel free to send her an email.


NSW eNews is the monthly newsletter of the NSW Division and features our Ask Gadens column.

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Previous editions of the Ask Gadens column can be accessed here


New Planner is the quarterly magazine of the NSW Division. Advertising opportunities for 2014 are now available; for rates and contributor guide please follow this link.

The 2013 PIA NSW Awards for Planning Excellence were presented on the

7th November 2013.

Click here for the list of winners

Policy & Advocacy

NSW Planning Review

Letter to the Planning Minister on NSW Planning Reform

View the Institute's submission on the Planning System Review Issues paper; together with earlier submissions: planning legislation review

View our supplementary submission on the importance of cultural change.

View our Submission on the Green Paper and supplementary submission "From Green Paper to a New Culture"

Submission on the White Paper and Planning Bill

Submission on the draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney

PIA NSW submissions: Visit the NSW submissions page