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tweedNominations are being called for Tweed Shire Council’s representatives on the state’s planning body which will decide major developments in the Tweed over the next three years.

The Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) system was first established by the NSW government in 2009 to decide on development which had ‘regional significance’.

The panel has decided on multi-million-dollar developments such as the Tweed City $20m upgrade approved three years ago.

Tweed council first appointed its two representatives and an alternate,for the northern panel in July 2009. Temporary extensions of those appointments were made in 2012 to provide the current council with the opportunity to decide on new panel appointments.

Council’s planning director Vince Connell, said that given the expiry of these appointments, council had endorsed an expression of interest process to appoint local panel members for a further three-year period.

The JRPP consists of three state members and council-appointed members.

The Tweed council nominees sit on the JRPP to decide over major, multi-million-dollar development issues in the Tweed shire.

Mr Connell said the aim of the JRPPs was to create a panel of people with appropriate expertise to determine development proposals of regional significance.

He said the selection criteria for the JRPP members includes:

  • _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
  • _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,’ Mr Connell said.

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.

For more information about the panels, visit www.planningpanels.nsw.gov.au/

Inquiries on the nomination process should be made to Mr Connell on 02 6670 24 23.

Submissions close at 4pm on Friday, 29 September, and should be made in writing and forwarded by post to: The General Manager, Tweed Shire Council, PO Box 816, Murwillumbah NSW 2484 or by email to [email protected]

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