Gary White

Chief planner and strategic advisor for MacroPlan Dimasi Gary White has been appointed as NSW’s chief planner.

A Department of Planning and Environment media release said Mr White would provide “deeper rigour and oversight of strategic planning for the state and assessment of major projects”.

Before taking up his position with MacroPlan in 2012, Mr White had more than 30 years’ in local and state government roles in Queensland.

He holds a bachelor in regional town planning and postgraduate diploma in business administration. He is a life fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and corporate member of the Property Council of Australia.

A spokesperson said the appointment recognised the central role the department played in setting a course for the future of cities and regions.

“The NSW Government has moved the State’s planning system into top gear,” the spokesperson said.

“As chief planner, Mr White will oversee projects to make the planning system more efficient and to get the best outcomes for local communities as we plan for the communities of tomorrow.

“Mr White will be a tremendous asset for the Department in helping us achieve these important goals for NSW.”

Mr White will commence the position on 9 November 2015.