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Environmental Affairs' principal is Helen Weston who has 30 years' experience in urban and environmental planning. Helen has extensive technical and project management experience in multi-disciplinary projects throughout Australia and overseas on projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Kiribati and New Zealand. She has an excellent understanding of the complexities of environmental and urban planning issues.

Helen is:

  • a Certified Environmental Practitioner No. 144 (Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand)
  • a Certified Practicing Planner (Planning Institute of Australia).

Her qualifications are:

  • Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning, University of Melbourne, 1976
  • Master of Environmental Studies, University of Melbourne, 1985
  • Company Directors Diploma, University of New England, 1992

Helen holds the following professional affiliations:

  • Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia
  • Member, Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
  • Member, Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association

Helen has particular expertise in:

  • project management of environmental and urban planning studies;
  • social impact assessment of development proposals;
  • development and implementation of community consultation strategies;
  • airport planning and environmental issues.

Helen is also a member of the Liquor Licensing Panel appointed by the Minister for Consumer Affairs to conduct hearings in response to objections to applications for Liquor Licences.