31 October 2012 — Gail Connolly, formerly with the City of Sydney, has been appointed to the Gold Coast City Council as director for Planning, Environment and Transport. Connolly has more than 20 years’ local and state government experience in urban, infrastructure and transport planning with a particular focus on fast growing local government areas, metropolitan growth centres and transit orientated development. Past positions have included executive manager, Transforming Sydney, City of Sydney, director, Centre for Transport Planning and Product Development, NSW Department of Transport and Infrastructure, executive director, Metropolitan Planning, NSW Department of Planning and director Planning and Environment, Campbelltown City Council. Connolly was also working for the City of Sydney as manager City Development during the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She has a Bachelor Town Planning (Honours) from the University of NSW and a Graduate Certificate in Design and Technology from the University of Technology, Sydney. In 2000, Connolly was a shared recipient of the Planning Institute of Australia’s National President’s Award and the National Planning Ministers’ Award for excellence in plan making and implementation. She starts on 10 December.