Sydney North Planning Panel


The Chair of the Sydney North Planning Panel is Peter Debnam. 

Peter Debnam is a former member of the NSW Parliament (1994 – 2011) and was Leader of the Opposition from 2005 to 2007. Peter has also held shadow portfolios for Treasury, Planning & Urban Affairs, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport and other key portfolios.


Peter is Chairman of NSW Kids in Need Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy NSW and is on the Advisory Board of Our Big Kitchen; he is also Vice Chairman of CARE Australia and a Director of ParaQuad NSW and The Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of Australia. Peter has been a Director of PaddleNSW, Soils for Life Limited and Disability Sports Australia.


Peter graduated from the Royal Australian Naval Collage and has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.  He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

State Members

John Roseth

John Roseth brings more than four decades of planning expertise to the role, including within the commercial and the government sectors. He was a key policy adviser and senior executive with the NSW Department of Planning, with significant achievements over many years. In 2002 John was appointed Senior Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court, retiring in 2009.
A Sydney resident, John holds a degree in Architecture from the University of NSW, a diploma in Town Planning from the University of Sydney and a Doctorate in Planning from the University of Sydney. He is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Sue Francis

Sue Francis has had in excess of 38 years' extensive experience as a planner in both local government and in the private sector. She has held executive positions at Woollahra, North Sydney and Warringah Councils and is currently the Executive Director of City Plan Strategy and Development where she provides consultancy services for both private clients and government agencies on State and local government levels.

Sue has a Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning, both from the UK. Sue is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a CPP member of the Planning Institute of Australia, a member of the Planning Committee of the Property Council of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue is Chair of the Wollongong Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (Wollongong IHAP) and a member of the Mosman Development Assessment Panel.

Council Members

The council members joining the State members to form a Planning Panel will change, depending on the council area in which the matter under consideration is located.

Click here to find out who your council appointed members are.


If a permanent member has declared a conflict of interest or is unavailable for a meeting, an alternate can be selected from a pool of alternates who act for all regions.

For a list of all alternate members, please click here

Last Updated 15-Jan-2018