Lucy Turnbull formally takes up her new role on January 27. Photo: Nic WalkerLucy Turnbull: ‘I’m a woman in 2015 – I can make my own mind up’Lucy Turnbull to run Greater Sydney Commission
Businesswoman Lucy Turnbull will attend key meetings of the powerful infrastructure committee of state cabinet in her new role as inaugural head of the Greater Sydney Commission.
Ms Turnbull will have a seat on the cabinet infrastructure committee for decisions related to Sydney.
Also present will be newly-appointed commission chief executive Sarah Hill – an adjunct professor at the University of Technology Sydney in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, and a director of planning consultancy Hill PDA.
The addition of Ms Turnbull – the wife of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former chair of the Committee for Sydney – and Ms Hill to the cabinet infrastructure committee shows just how influential the commission will be in shaping of the city’s future.
The other committee members are Premier Mike Baird, Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian, Planning Minister Rob Stokes, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance, Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Health Minister Jillian Skinner.
Ms Turnbull, a former lord mayor of Sydney, was appointed chief commissioner in December and will formally begin on January 27, the day the Greater Sydney Commission Act is scheduled to commence.
She will be paid $130,000 a year in the role – a salary determined by the Public Service Commission. Other commissioners will earn $80,000 each.
The commission has been designed as an independent expert body to plan the city’s future, incorporating the role of the current joint regional planning panels, which will be abolished and replaced with a Sydney Planning Panel.
As well as the chief commissioner, the commission comprises a social commissioner, economic commissioner, environment commissioner as well as six district commissioners nominated by local councils.
The commission will be responsible for finalising plans for Sydney’s six districts, reviewing the local planning rules for councils, decide on rezoning proposals, and monitoring and reporting to the government on its 20-year metropolitan strategy, A Plan for Growing Sydney.