Peak Body Roundtables

The Greater Sydney Commission involved peak social and environmental groups as part of an engagement program informing the development of the draft District Plans.

Two independent advisory panels were created with invited peak organisations in the social and environmental fields. The Social Panel was co-convened by Social Commissioner, Heather Nesbitt, and CEO for the National Council for Social Service, Tracey Howe. The Environment Panel was co-convened by Environment Commissioner Rod Simpson and CEO of the Total Environment Centre, Jeff Angel. Independent facilitators moderated the meetings.

The Environment Advisory Paper (PDF 6.44MB) followed three meetings of the Environment Panel, two workshops with community panel member networks, and an online survey of panel member networks.

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Both Panels prepared advisory papers which provided advice to the Commission on high level strategic environmental and social priorities related to the preparation of the six draft District Plans. Both advisory papers were finalised in November 2016 and provided to the Commission for consideration in preparing the six draft District Plans.

The Social Advisory Paper (PDF 3.44MB) followed three meetings of the Social Panel and two workshops involving social panel member networks.

The list of members of both panels is available in a table below.

The Commission thanks the panel co-convenors and members for their input and contribution to the Advisory Papers.

Environment Panel members


  • Roderick Simpson, Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
  • Jeff Angel, Executive Director, Total Environment Centre

Other members

  • Sydney Peri-Urban Network (SPUN)
  • 100 Resilient Cities
  • The National Trust of Australia (NSW)
  • CRC Low Carbon Living Ltd, University of NSW
  • Committee for Sydney
  • Sydney Coastal Councils Group Inc
  • 202020
  • National Parks Association of NSW
  • Nature Conservation Council
  • Western Sydney Coordinator Youth Action
  • Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA NSW)
  • Sydney Institute Marine Science (SIMS), University of Sydney
  • Environmental Defenders Office NSW
  • Better Planning Network
  • Stormwater NSW
  • Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)
  • Institute of Sustainable Futures

Social Panel members


  • Heather Nesbitt, Social Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
  • Tracey Howe, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS)

Other members

  • Better Planning Network
  • BicycleNSW
  • Carriageworks
  • Churches Community Housing
  • Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association
  • Committee for Sydney
  • Ethnic Communities Council (ECCNSW)
  • Heart Foundation
  • People with Disability
  • Settlement Services International (SSI)
  • Shelter NSW
  • Sydney Alliance
  • Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group (SAMAG)
  • Western Sydney Community Forum
  • Youth Action Network


Environment Advisory Paper (PDF 6.44MB)
Social Advisory Paper (PDF 3.44MB)