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Meredith Sussex AM

Meredith Sussex AM was appointed Chair of the Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee in July 2015. In this role she is responsible for providing advice to the Victorian Minister for Planning on the ‘recast’ of strategic and statutory planning for the 455 hectare urban renewal area south of the Yarra River and west of Southbank, on the doorstep of the Central Business District of Melbourne. Meredith is an expert on city planning with extensive experience at a local, State and national level and a strong commitment to effective community engagement in the development and implementation of public policy.

In her career with the Victorian Government, Meredith was Coordinator General of Infrastructure in the Bracks/Brumby governments when she provided high level advice on integrated transport and land use planning. Before that, she was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Deputy Secretary/Director of TAFE in the Department of Education.

In 2010/11, Meredith was a member of the national Cities Expert Panel which reviewed city planning in all Australian capital cities for the Council of Australian Governments. During the same period, she was an Administrator at the City of Brimbank and played a significant role in the strategic and statutory planning in that local government area. She has also been a non executive director of a number of Boards, including the Board of the Port of Melbourne.

Recently, Meredith has undertaken a number of city planning reviews for the NSW Government including a ‘root and branch’ review of the $6 Billion Barangaroo project for the O’Farrell Government, an urban design review of the Sydney Crown Hotel Resort and a review of Sutherland Shire’s troubled planning arrangements.

She also lectures in a Masters program on urban governance at the University of NSW and is a board member of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

In 2007, Meredith was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition for her role in organising the highly successful 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.