Blacktown Local Planning Panel

Invitation for community representatives to sit on the Blacktown City Local Planning Panel 

Following recent changes to NSW Planning legislation, Blacktown City Council, along with all other Sydney metropolitan councils, is required to set up a Local Planning Panel by 1 March 2018. The Panel will play a major role in shaping the future of our City. It will be the determining body for a large number and variety of applications for development with a value of between $5 million and $30 million.

Want to represent your community on the Panel?

In addition to appointing 2 independent experts, we also need to appoint 1 community representative for each of the City’s 5 Wards. A previous request for applicants in December 2017 identified a number of potential candidates for Ward 1. We are currently seeking further interest for additional community members for Wards 2, 3, 4 and 5. Previous applicants for these Wards will be considered and need not re-apply.

Community representatives will play a vital role on the Panel. They will be responsible for actively promoting the needs and interests of their Ward and the wider community to ensure those needs and interests are taken into account by the Panel when making decisions.

Each Panel member will be appointed for a period of 3 years and will be paid for their time in accordance with rates to be set by the NSW Government. It is likely that the Panel will meet between 20 and 40 times each year.


To sit on the panel, you must live in Blacktown City and you cannot be a Councillor, property developer or real estate agent.

Apply now

All applications must be made in writing by midnight on Wednesday, 7 February 2018. You can complete your application online using the link below. The form can also be downloaded by using the PDF link below. You may also request a hard copy of the application form by emailing us at or calling us on 9839 6000.

Please note that community representatives must live in Blacktown City and cannot be a Councillor, property developer or real estate agent.

For more information, please contact Council’s Planning Policy Team on 9839 6000 or email

Click here to view form.

 Downloadable PDF version