New head of Planning

Linda Davis will start work as Council’s new Director Environmental Services, which encompasses planning and other services, in early December. The position became vacant when Phil Costello took up a similar role at Shoalhaven Council.

General Manager Michael Forsyth says securing Ms Davis for the role is a major coup for Council.

“Linda has more than 30 years’ experience as a planner at both state and local government levels, with an excellent record leading significant planning projects.

“I’m excited to have someone of her calibre join our team, given her ability to deliver great outcomes to complex planning challenges at town and regional scale.”

Mr Forsyth says Ms Davis is well-known for her work as lead planner for the NSW Government.

“Linda has tackled major on-ground projects such as the urban planning for land release at West Dapto and Albion Park.

“She also had lead responsibility for the successful development and delivery of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Plan.

“This high quality mix of urban and regional planning experience means Linda will be able to adjust very  quickly her new role.”

The Acting Director, Chris Fuller, is retiring in December after 18 years with Council.

“Chris has been highly-professional and hard-working during his tenure at Council, with a legendary knowledge of the Building Code of Australia and the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act,” says Mr Forsyth.

“I wish Chris and his wife a long and happy retirement.”


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