Brian Haratsis appointed to Planning Authority board to drive delivery of city plan

An expanded Metropolitan Planning Authority (MPA) board with a wealth of development, economic and governance expertise was appointed earlier this financial year to guide the body's governance and strategy, ensuring it effectively manages Melbourne's growth to 2050.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced the appointment of MacroPlan's Executive Chairman, Brian Haratsis as well as Laurinda Gardner, Freya Marsden and former Minister Theo Theophanous to the MPA board for the next three years. The quartet will join Chairman Chris Banks AM and fellow incumbents Leonie Hemingway (Deputy Chair) and Bill Kusznirczuk, who have been reappointed for a further three years.

"The Metropolitan Planning Authority has a significant role in the management of Melbourne's growth over the coming decades and building on the success of the previous board is important for the ongoing health of the MPA," Minister Guy said.

"Brian Haratsis, Laurinda Gardner, Freya Marsden and Theo Theophanous each bring strong senior executive experience and a depth of understanding of the role of the MPA that is required at this critical time, and will complement the skills and experience of reappointed board members Chris Banks, Leonie Hemingway and Bill Kusznirczuk.

Minister Guy said the energy and expertise of the MPA board would help drive positive planning, development and economic outcomes through the implementation of Plan Melbourne.

"The revised MPA board has a wealth of strategic planning experience and commercial acumen and I look forward to working with the board and Chief Executive Officer Peter Seamer to implement the 79 key actions assigned to the MPA and to retain Melbourne's status as the world's most liveable city," Minister Guy said.

"The new board members add more than 100 years of high level experience to the board.

MacroPlan's Executive Chairman Brian Haratsis is an economist and future strategist who has more than 30 years' experience in providing detailed advice to governments and major corporate clients throughout Australia.


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