Jane Fitzgerald

A green recovery is on the agenda for Western Australia, with the state government pouring $60 million into environmental projects to create more than 1000 conservation jobs.

The plan is part of the government’s recovery plan and will target revegetation, habitat restoration and protection of existing vegetation.

The package includes new funding commitments, environmental offset funds and previously announced funding.

In NSW, the government is bolstering its sustainability capacity, releasing a new job advertisement for eight sustainability project officers.

The ad is light on details, with recruits to be deployed to a range of sustainability projects at an undisclosed agency. There’s a chance the boosted capability could be for the government’s new Planning Delivery Unit tasked with “unblocking planning projects stuck in the system”, which was slated to include a “flying squad” of specialist case managers, project managers and data analysts. We can hope the people selected will be in particular well versed in sustainability.

It can be a bit like musical chairs when it comes to Sydney’s built environment leadership. Latest move is the head of the NSW Division of the Property Council of Australia, Jane Fitzgerald, jumping in as interim chief executive at the Greater Sydney Commission. So familiarity with the program will be pretty well guaranteed.

Dr Sarah Hill recently finished up in the top job at the commission to take a job as chief executive officer of the new Western Parkland City Authority, as we reported last week.

Ms Fitzgerald will join GSC for a one-year contract to help the organisation make a “rapid recovery from COVID-19”. Formal recruitment will start in 2021.

Before this job, Ms Fitzgerald was NSW executive director of the Property Council of Australia for four years. She’s also been a senior executive in the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department for seven years, and before that, she served five years as deputy director general in the NSW public sector.

Toby Kent, Melbourne’ former chief resilience officer has joined the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne as a member of its associate group. The group of honouries and associates includes sustainability stars such as professor Kate Auty, professor Tim Flannery and Tanya Ha.

The International WELL Building Institute’s president Rachel Gutter is taking over as chief executive officer from Rick Fedrizzi, who is also the organisation’s chairman. Mr Fedrizzi will also stay on executive chairman.

Our pick of the jobs

If mysterious sustainability projects for the NSW government haven’t been enough to pique your interest, the state’s Department of Planning and Environment is looking for a sustainability analyst to work on a range of sustainability policies, including the Government Resource Efficiency Policy, NSW NetZero Plan –  Stage 1 2030, NSW Circular Economy framework, Property NSW’s Sustainability Plan and more.

The Warrnambool City Council is recruiting an environment and sustainability project officer. Nestled by the beautiful Southern Ocean in South West Victoria, this could be your chance to help Warrnambool reach its goal of becoming Australia’s most environmentally sustainable regional city.

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