The Commissioners

The Tasmanian Planning Commission is established under the Tasmanian Planning Commission Act 1997. It has a full-time Executive Commissioner and seven part-time Commissioners.

Commissioners are chosen by the Minister and appointed by the Governor. Under that Act, each Commissioner is to have specific skills and expertise as follows:

  • a person who is the chairperson of the Commission and Executive Commissioner – Greg Alomes
  • a person who has planning experience and is recommended by the Local Government Association of Tasmania – Michael Stretton
  • a person who has experience in public administration relating to project implementation nominated by the Minister responsible for the State Policies and Projects Act 1993Ann Cunningham
  • a person who has expertise and management experience in resource conservation – John Ramsay
  • a person who, in the opinion of the Minister, has planning experience and appropriate experience in industry and commerce – Claire Gregg
  • a person who representing community interests who has resource conservation or planning experience – Roger Howlett
  • a person who is the Head of (or an employee of) the State Service Agency responsible for transport and infrastructure– Kim Evans
  • a person who is the chairperson of Taswater (or their nominee) – Mike Brewster

The Commissioners are supported by staff employed within the Department of Justice.

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Greg Alomes

Greg has been the Executive Commissioner and Chair of the Tasmanian Planning Commission since it was formed in 2009. He was previously the Chair of the Resource Planning and Development Commission.

Prior to this he held a number of senior positions in local government for some 15 years, including the positions of General Manager at the Kingborough and Glenorchy Councils, and worked as a strategic and business planning consultant for 19 years on a range of planning projects.

Michael Stretton

Michael Stretton

Michael Stretton has held senior council positions in two regions of the State, has worked in local government for nearly 20 years and is currently the General Manager of the Launceston City Council.

Before this, he held positions of General Manager of the Waratah-Wynyard Council, Director Development Services at the City of Launceston and Director Development and Regulatory Services at Central Coast Council.

Michael has also held a number of environmental health positions at Sorell, Glenorchy and Central Coast Councils and is a former board member of Natural Resource Management (NRM) North and Tamar NRM.

Michael holds Masters Degrees in Applied Science and Business Administration.

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Ann Cunningham

Ann holds a law degree with honours from the University of Tasmania, has practised as a barrister and solicitor and is an accredited mediator and arbitrator.

Ann's current Tribunal positions include Senior Member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Presiding Member of the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal. Ann is also a member of the Liquor Licensing Board, a director of Marine and Safety Tasmania, a divisional councillor and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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John Ramsay

John is a qualified lawyer from the University of Tasmania. He is the Director and Principal of his own environment and planning consultancy.

He spent 23 years as a Tasmanian Departmental Secretary, including Justice, Environment and Land Management, Primary Industries, Water and Environment.

John is currently the Chair of the Forest Practices Authority. His previous appointments include Chair of the Land Use Planning Review Panel, member of the Forest Practices Board and Chair of the Environment Protection Authority.

Claire Gregg

Claire Gregg

Claire Gregg has considerable experience as a consultant planner and project manager.

Claire is a principal of Planning Development Services (a planning consultancy and project management firm) based in Launceston - since 2012. From 2006 – 2012, Claire worked as a development consultant and project manager for Lester Franks.

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Roger Howlett

Roger is a Commissioner with resource conservation and planning experience representing community interests. He has 40 years  experience in local government planning in New South Wales, Tasmania and the United Kingdom.

From 1979 to 1993 he was the Planner / Director of Planning and Development for the Clarence City Council, and then General Manager of that Council until retirement in 2003.

Roger has extensive experience in strategic land use planning and catchment management. He is a member of the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal, a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Kim Evans

Kim Evans was appointed Secretary of the Department of State Growth in September 2014. He has been a Head of Agency in Tasmania for nearly twenty years, and until his current role, held the position of Secretary of the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

Kim has and currently represents the Government on a number of state and national boards and committees including the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies. Kim is also the Chief Executive and a director of the Tasmanian Development Board. He is also the State Government's representative on the Board of SALTAS, a company established to assist the development of the Tasmanian salmon and trout industry. Kim is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Michael Brewster

Michael Brewster been Chief Executive of TasWater since April, 2013.  Michael has a wide range of experience in infrastructure development, utility management and customer service. He holds qualifications from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, University of Tasmania and La Trobe University.

Michael's previous roles include: Chief Executive Officer of the Business Transition Group in the Department of Treasury and Finance (State), responsible for overseeing changes to the state-owned electricity businesses arising from the State Government's electricity reforms; Chief Operations Officer (Energy Business) of Aurora Energy; Chief Executive Officer of Aurora Energy Tamar Valley Power, responsible for the construction and operation of the Tamar Valley Power Station; and General Manager of Hydro Tasmania's consulting business.