Trish Oakley

24 April 2013 — Trish Oakley has been appointed executive director, community and stakeholder engagement, to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

Ms Oakley has more than 30 years’ experience in the development of public policy, strategic communications and stakeholder engagement.

Department of Planning and Infrastructure director general Sam Haddad said the cornerstone of the current White Paper reform process was “to comprehensively engage communities in planning the future of their neighbourhoods, suburbs and cities”.

“Trish will be using her detailed knowledge about best-practice community engagement to drive cultural change and improved community engagement outcomes,” he said.

“This will include giving support and guidance to councils on preferred community engagement models as we roll out the new planning system.

“Trish will also be responsible for re-casting how the department engages with the community and key stakeholders.”

Ms Oakley said the challenge was to bring the community onboard at the start of the planning process.

“For too many years our planning system has been bogged down fighting site-by-site over individual developments rather than shaping the way we want our suburbs to look,” she said.

“It will be my job to help lead a cultural change across the planning profession, both within and outside the department.”

Since 1999, Ms Oakley has worked as an associate director at Elton Consulting and director at Meridian Media.

She has worked on major projects including the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan and the redevelopment of large urban renewal areas such as Darling Harbour and the former Carlton United Breweries site at Broadway.