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Ever thought the people who make planning decisions could do with a bit of help? From you, for example?

Well, now could be your chance.

Tweed Shire Council is calling for nominations for Council’s representatives on the Northern Regional Planning Panel for the next three years.

The Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) system was first established by the NSW government in 2009. Tweed Shire Council first appointed its two representatives, and an alternate, for the Northern Panel in July 2009.

‘Given the upcoming expiry of these initial appointments, Council has endorsed that an expression-of-interest process be conducted to appoint local panel members for a further three-year period,’ Council’s director planning and regulation, Vince Connell, said.

The JRPP will consist of three state members and council-appointed members. Tweed Shire Council nominees will be required by the JRPP for matters concerning Tweed Shire.

‘The objective of the JRPPs is to create a panel of people with appropriate expertise to determine development proposals of regional significance,’ Mr Connell said.

Selection criteria for the JRPP members include: senior-level experience in dealing with multiple stakeholders; high-level communication skills; capability to drive high-profile outcomes in a credible and authoritative manner; high-level analytical skills; and knowledge and assessment of complex development and planning matters.

At least one of the panellists must have high-level experience in one or more of the following fields: planning, architecture, heritage, the environment, urban design, land economics, traffic and transport, law, engineering or tourism.

The term of appointment for council nominees to the JRPP is up to three years and the successful candidates will be remunerated, including travel and allowances.

‘Council-appointed existing panel members are welcome to re-nominate themselves for a further appointment,’ he said.

If all of that hasn’t put you off and you would like more information about the panels, visit the website http://jrpp.planning.nsw.gov.au/.

Submissions close at 4pm on Tuesday, November 20.

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