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Senior Staff and Team Structures

The Directorate is comprised of a series of Teams of professional staff dealing with the issues involved in assessment, approval, inspection and certification of development and construction work in Blacktown. These Teams are committed to providing high quality and efficient service to all customers, with optimal response times to ensure a productive and effective community and business relationship.

The primary functional areas of the Directorate are the Development Services Unit and Planning Policy and Strategy.

The Development Services Unit

Building and Engineering Services Development and Administration Services Engineering Approvals
David Apps
Judith Portelli
Robert Marshall

The Building and Engineering Services Team deals generally with development approvals and inspections for residential development, such as dwellings, carports, garages, swimming pools and the like. This Team is comprised of professional Building Surveyors who are able to provide a complete package of all approval, certification and inspection services.

The Engineering Approvals Team forms an integral competitive arm of the Building and Engineering Services Team, and deals with all engineering development matters, including those subject to competition under the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Council's Engineers provide a complete approval and inspection service, including Subdivision and Construction Certificates.

The Development Services Team is comprised of Council's Statutory Town Planners, and an administrative support team, and deals with larger and more complex developments, which may also involve input from other Government bodies such as the Department of Environment and Conservation, the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, the Roads and Traffic Authority and the Rural Fire Service. Typically these developments in Blacktown are such things as residential flat buildings, multi-lot residential housing, factory/warehouse developments, commercial/shopping centre development and property subdivisions.

The senior staff involved in these areas are:

Senior Building Surveyors Senior Town Planners Senior Engineers

Neville McDonald

Chris Gregory

Adam Matlawski

Perry Bezzina

Pauline Daw

Alan Middlemiss

Anthony Shorten

Norm Naisby

Stephen Kwan

Planning Policy and Strategy


The Planning Policy and Strategy Section of the Directorate is responsible for establishing, maintaining and reviewing the long-term or "strategic" framework within which development throughout the City of Blacktown is assessed.

The Section is divided into two core functional areas.

The primary role of the first of these, the Strategic and Precinct Planning Team is the coordination and preparation of planning strategies for large-scale urban release areas in the LGA. This includes the preparation of a range of environmental studies and statutory documents to ensure that urban development is of a high quality standard that meets the needs of the City's growing population, whilst balancing environmental, social and economic considerations.

The Development Policy and Regulatory Team provides advice and input on planning policies and procedures, updates and reviews Council's Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plans and assists in the interpretation of planning law.

The Team is also concerned with fire safety on older buildings, building regulation and approval advice, and maintenance of Council's essential fire safety measures certification program.

The Team provides specialist advice on heritage issues and is responsible for the identification and protection of heritage properties in the Blacktown Local Government Area as well as administering Council's Heritage Fund. This Team also deals with all legal matters involving planning legislation, including the investigation of unauthorised and illegal uses, Class 4 prosecutions and Class 1 Appeals in the Land and Environment Court.

Manager Development Policy and Regulation - Trevor Taylor

Executive Building Surveyor - Brian Malouf

Senior Planners - Sue Galt and Glenn Apps

Team Leader Community Enforcement - Peter Seymour

Team Leader Building Policy and Regulation - Adam Whitehouse

Manager Strategic and Precinct Planning - Chris Shannon

Senior Planners - Fiona McDermott and Rachel Agyare


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