Meet our Land Redevelopment Committee members

Armadale Land Redevelopment Committee

Mrs Dale Page, Chair

As Director of Planning and Community Development at the City of Joondalup since 2010, Dale’s experience in delivering land development projects throughout Western Australia is considerable. She is currently responsible for statutory and strategic urban planning, building approvals, environmental health, planning and building compliance and community development activities with the City of Joondalup. Dale is a member of the MRA and LandCorp Board. 

Mr Clayton Higham, Deputy Chair

Mr Clayton Higham has previously worked for the City of Perth, the City of Joondalup, and in the UK in a senior Planning and Development capacity and Acting CEO role. Mr Higham has recentlretired from the Shire of Kalamunda as the Director Development & Infrastructure after 40 years in local government. Mr Higham is a member of the Planning Institute for Australia and Local Government Managers Australia, and deputy presiding member of Metro West and Pilbara Joint Development Assessment Panels, as well as a member of the Kimberley Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Mr Matthew Handcock

Mr Matthew Handcock was a Councillor for the Town of East Fremantle from 1992 until 1995 and again from June 2014 until February 2015. He was a previous member of the Armadale Redevelopment Authority Board. Mr Handcock has practiced law in the fields of insurance, local government and general commercial and property law and has extensive advocacy experience. Mr Handcock was the Manager Professional Risks at the Local Government Insurance Service from 2009 – 2011, and then the Finance, Risk, Insurance & Commercial Manager in the Allmine Group (ASX) until mid 2013. He returned to full time legal practice in July 2013, and is currently a director of Effective Legal.

Ms Diana Wearing-Smith

Ms Diana Wearing-Smith has 18 years’ experience in product and services marketing management and branding across a range of industries, allowing a broad perspective of strategic marketing, market research, brand creation and marketing communication. Currently the General Manager, Marketing & Communications for ATCO Australia, Ms Wearing-Smith was previously based in Shanghai working in a marketing capacity, most notably leading the Marketing & Communications function for the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Ms Wearing-Smith was born and raised in the Armadale area and lived there for 30 years, and attained her Bachelor of Business and Master of Commerce qualifications from Curtin University of Technology. 

Central Perth Redevelopment Committee

Mrs Jane Bennett, Chair

Jane is a member of the MRA and LandCorp Board and is the director and owner of CLE Town Planning + Design with over 14 years experience in local government and the private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning, a Masters in Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Jane was appointed a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission in 2016. Jane is also actively involved in the industry working with WA Division of the Urban Development Institute of Australia UDIA WA Councillor and chair of the UDIA Planning Committee and as a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.   

Mr Lino Iacomella, Deputy Chair

Mr Lino Iacomella is an industry representative and real estate economist with extensive experience in advocacy, public affairs and research. Gaining a Degree in Economics at the University of WA, and having worked for the Real Estate Institute of WA and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Mr Iacomella has been employed by the Property Council of Australia as a Senior Policy Advisor and Deputy Executive since 2005. His external representations include being on the Committee for the Department of Planning Stakeholder Reference, Western Power Stakeholder Reference Committee and a Board member of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.

W. Professor Geoffrey London

Professor Geoffrey London is the Winthrop Professor of Architecture and the Interim Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre at The University of Western Australia. Prof. London is also the Government Architect in Victoria, having previously been the Government Architect in Western Australia, and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Prof. London has been involved in advising the State Governments of Western Australia and Victoria on a wide range of projects, from the scale of individual houses to major new tertiary hospitals. He has advised on issues such as design quality, project procurement, heritage, master planning, sustainability, and development strategies, established design review processes and panels for both State Governments across a variety of projects, and has advised local authorities in both States about processes that will enable better outcomes for buildings and spaces.

Midland Land Redevelopment Committee

Mrs Kylee Schoonens, Chair

As an experienced Architect, Kylee has led the design and delivery of many aged care, multi-residential, retirement and community projects across Western Australia. She was the recipient of the 2015 Australian Institute of Architects WA Emerging Architect Award and the 2014 40under40 Award for her work within the architectural profession. Kylee is also a Non-Executive Director for Bethanie, WA’s largest not-for-profit aged care provider and a council member for a number of industry boards and committees including the Property Council of Australia (WA Division) Divisional Council and the Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Council. Kylee is a director of the Fratelle Group, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the MRA and LandCorp Board.  

Mr Clayton Higham, Deputy Chair

Mr Clayton Higham has previously worked for the City of Perth, the City of Joondalup, and in the UK in a senior Planning and Development capacity and Acting CEO role. Mr Higham has recentlretired from the Shire of Kalamunda as the Director Development & Infrastructure after 40 years in local government. Mr Higham is a member of the Planning Institute for Australia and Local Government Managers Australia, and deputy presiding member of Metro West and Pilbara Joint Development Assessment Panels, as well as a member of the Kimberley Joint Development Assessment Panel.

Mr Brian Hunt

Mr Brian Hunt has experience in property development, project management, administration, Government, private industry and not-for-profit Boards and management committees. He was previously the Principal of a town planning and land surveying consultancy in Midland. Mr Hunt has served two terms as a Councillor for the Shire of Mundaring, and was named as a Joint Citizen of the Year in 1988. During the 1990s, he served for several years on the North Metropolitan Regional Development Council. He is a founding and continuing member of the Swan Valley Planning Committee established under the Swan Valley Planning Act 1995 to provide advice to Government. Mr Hunt is a member of the Swan Chamber of Commerce and the Planning Committee which provides advice to the Chamber’s Board.

Ms Justine Colyer

Ms Justine Colyer has extensive experience across government, private and non-profit sectors, particularly in the area of strategic planning, asset management, project and risk management, and community development. The CEO of Rise Network since August 2011, Ms Colyer is also a Distinguished Fellow of Leadership WA and involved in a voluntary capacity on a number of Boards and a mentor for emerging leaders.

Cr Mark Elliott

Cr Mark Elliot is currently a Councillor for the Midland-Guildford Ward of the City of Swan, a position he has held since 2011. Cr Elliot has held a number of positions on Committees including: Chairperson of Tender Review Committee; Audit Committee; Governance Committee; Sean Development Committee; and Deputy Chairperson of WALGA East Metropolitan Zone Committee. Cr Elliot currently holds the position of Organiser to the Independent Education Union of Australia, WA Branch. Since November 2016, Cr Elliot has held the position of Board Member for the Koolkuna — Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services.

Subiaco Land Redevelopment Committee

Mrs Dale Page, Chair

As Director of Planning and Community Development at the City of Joondalup since 2010, Dale’s experience in delivering land development projects throughout Western Australia is considerable. She is currently responsible for statutory and strategic urban planning, building approvals, environmental health, planning and building compliance and community development activities with the City of Joondalup. Dale is a member of the MRA and LandCorp Board.  

Ms Karen Hyde, Deputy Chair

A Senior Associate at Taylor Burrell Barnett, Ms Hyde has 30 years of diverse experience in urban and regional planning at a senior level in both the public and private sectors in the UK and Western Australia. Karen has particular expertise in the planning and implementation of major urban regeneration projects. Ms Hyde’s Western Australian public service appointments have included Senior Projects Officer, Office of Minister of Planning and Heritage, Special advisor to CEO, Department of Planning and Urban Development, Principal Policy Officer, Department of Planning and Manager Planning and Development, Subiaco Redevelopment Authority. Ms Hyde is currently a Presiding Board Member for the Development Assessment Panel (NW Metro) and was previously a Secretariat for the Planning Officials Group of Australia. Ms Hyde is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK) and the Planning Institute of Australia.

Mr Loren White

Mr Loren White was the inaugural Deputy President of the Western Metropolitan Regional Organisation of councils and a former Board member of the Subiaco Redevelopment Authority. He served as a Councillor on the City of Subiaco for 19 years, providing valuable input to the strategic planning of the City’s long-term financial vision. Mr White has made a significant contribution to the development of the Subiaco Town Planning Scheme No. 4, and is committed to the development of policies and procedures which support orderly planning within the City of Subiaco.

Mr David Hartree

Mr David Hartree formed Hartree+Associates Architects (H+AA) in 1992. As winner of multiple state and national awards, H+AA have established a reputation for delivery of innovative and thoughtfully crafted architecture. Current projects are diverse and include; affordable workers accommodation modules, private homes testing innovative construction systems, a 75 bed Aged Care Facility that reinvents an established building type, and collaboration on a planning submission for the Perth Entertainment Centre site. H+AA have previously completed seven homes within the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority precincts, and supported by an in-house scale model workshop have produced master plan and precinct models for East Perth, Subi Centro, Australian Fine China, Perth City Link and Perth Arena.

Cr Murray Rowe

Cr Murray Rowe has been a City of Subiaco Councillor since 2005 and is a self-employed pharmacist currently working at Friendlies Subiaco. Cr Rowe held the position of Deputy Mayor of the City of Subiaco for a two year term and has significant experience in local government as well as having a strong exposure to the planning process. He is the Council representative dealing with SAT and West Joint Development Assessment Panels approvals. Cr Rowe is the previous Chair and current member of the City of Subiaco Development Services Committee, Corporate, Community and Technical Services Committee. Cr Rowe is also the Deputy Member of the Western Suburbs Regional Organisation of Councils and has been has actively been engaged in the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA). Cr Rowe has held the position of past Chair and member of the Economic Business and Sustainability Committee and is the past member of the City of Subiaco CEO employment and review committee. 

Scarborough Land Redevelopment Committee

Mrs Kylee Schoonens, Chair

As an experienced Architect, Kylee has led the design and delivery of many aged care, multi-residential, retirement and community projects across Western Australia. She was the recipient of the 2015 Australian Institute of Architects WA Emerging Architect Award and the 2014 40under40 Award for her work within the architectural profession. Kylee is also a Non-Executive Director for Bethanie, WA’s largest not-for-profit aged care provider and a council member for a number of industry boards and committees including the Property Council of Australia (WA Division) Divisional Council and the Australian Institute of Architects Chapter Council. Kylee is a director of the Fratelle Group, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a member of the MRA and LandCorp Board. 

Cr David Boothman

Councillor David Boothman has been a Councillor with the City of Stirling since 1994 and held the position of City of Stirling Mayor between October 2007 – October 2013. Currently on the Stirling Alliance Board and having sat on the Scarborough Environs Area and Mirrabooka Regional Centre Steering Committees, Cr. Boothman has had extensive involvement in the local community with area planning and development, crime prevention and community development. Key achievements include lobbying and securing funding for the revitalization of the Mirrabooka Bus Station and overseeing the New North Redevelopment of Balga/Westminster.

Mr James Hewitt

Mr James Hewitt worked for Tourism WA from 2004 in planning, infrastructure and investment management roles with key functions including securing investment and managing strategic tourism industry initiatives. In 2012 he took on the position of General Manager Tourism Assets at RAC WA, where he is responsible for the establishment of a new tourist accommodation business for the RAC. Mr Hewitt’s qualifications include a Master’s Degree Urban and Regional Planning and Bsc. Honors Geography and board experience as a Member of the Kimberley Regional Planning Committee and a Member of the Coastal Planning & Co-ordination Council.

Mr David Thomson

Mr David Thomson has been a lifelong Scarborough resident and is passionate about progressing the potential of the areas urban design and development to encourage residents and visitors to maximise what the iconic beachfront and community has to offer. Mr Thomson is a Senior Cartographic Systems Officer within the Planning and Community Development, Planning Services, Urban Design and Policy area for the City of Joondalup with the majority of his work being special projects.