The idea for IMPA emerged from a series of discussions between founding members Gerry McLoughlin and Dr Darragh O'Brien about the potential of an organized, funded group to represent community interests in the planning process. The idea quickly grew and was widely embraced by community groups from all over Melbourne's inner suburbs. IMPA was incorporated in January 2104 and is now led by an elected, voluntary Executive Group.

2015-16 Executive Group

President Darragh O'Brien Darragh is a resident and business owner from the suburb of Kensington. He established the Architectural Research Consultancy (ARC) in 2010, having previously spent 5 years as founding director of the Spatial Research Group at Monash University. Darragh has extensive research and design experience, working with communities in Europe, the US and Australia. He holds a PhD on the evidence-based design of architectural and urban environments and is particularly interested in how communities can become the primary source of that evidence, using new technologies to gather data and inform the design of socially, environmentally and commercially sustainable cities.

President
Darragh O'Brien

Darragh is a resident and business owner from the suburb of Kensington. He established the Architectural Research Consultancy (ARC) in 2010, having previously spent 5 years as founding director of the Spatial Research Group at Monash University. Darragh has extensive research and design experience, working with communities in Europe, the US and Australia. He holds a PhD on the evidence-based design of architectural and urban environments and is particularly interested in how communities can become the primary source of that evidence, using new technologies to gather data and inform the design of socially, environmentally and commercially sustainable cities.

Vice President Marianne Richards Recently retiring after 38 years in the public service as a town planner in Victoria and South Australia, Marianne has extensive knowledge and experience in port, airport and freight network planning and development issues. In the late 1990s, Marianne was part of the Victorian Government team that negotiated the basis for airport master planning processes for federally privatised airports and later other Victorian airports. Marianne’s interests include application of transport land use planning policy and development frameworks, processes and initiatives to economic, social and environmental issues; and implementing practical outcomes in land use planning policy frameworks for the long term sustainability of airports, ports and freight networks. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Monash University), a Graduate Diploma of Town Planning (South Australian Institute of Technology) and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (Mt Eliza Business School). 

Vice President
Marianne Richards

Recently retiring after 38 years in the public service as a town planner in Victoria and South Australia, Marianne has extensive knowledge and experience in port, airport and freight network planning and development issues. In the late 1990s, Marianne was part of the Victorian Government team that negotiated the basis for airport master planning processes for federally privatised airports and later other Victorian airports. Marianne’s interests include application of transport land use planning policy and development frameworks, processes and initiatives to economic, social and environmental issues; and implementing practical outcomes in land use planning policy frameworks for the long term sustainability of airports, ports and freight networks. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Monash University), a Graduate Diploma of Town Planning (South Australian Institute of Technology) and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (Mt Eliza Business School). 

Secretary Gerry McLoughlin Gerry is a resident of Balaclava with over 20 years’ experience as a registered architect and urban designer, both in private practice and as a senior Urban Designer/Project Manager with Local Government Authorities and a range of State Government Departments. Her experience includes Urban Design Visioning for Sydney Road and Footscray’s Urban Design Framework which is still the blueprint for urban renewal in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Gerry also co-authored the Urban Design Forum CABE Down Under (renamed AUDI Australian Cities and Towns document. As an executive member of the Community Alliance of Port Phillip (CAPP), in 2013 she organised the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA) Community forum.

Secretary
Gerry McLoughlin

Gerry is a resident of Balaclava with over 20 years’ experience as a registered architect and urban designer, both in private practice and as a senior Urban Designer/Project Manager with Local Government Authorities and a range of State Government Departments. Her experience includes Urban Design Visioning for Sydney Road and Footscray’s Urban Design Framework which is still the blueprint for urban renewal in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Gerry also co-authored the Urban Design Forum CABE Down Under (renamed AUDI Australian Cities and Towns document. As an executive member of the Community Alliance of Port Phillip (CAPP), in 2013 she organised the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area (FBURA) Community forum.

 
Treasurer Peter Holland Peter Holland is a long term resident of St Kilda and has been involved in many planning and social justice matters in St Kilda and Port Phillip for the past three decades. He has made representations to the VCAT and submissions to government inquiries on such matters as the St Kilda harbour, foreshore height controls, the St Kilda Triangle, social housing, the Melbourne metropolitan planning strategy and Fishermans Bend. Peter has been a Councillor in St Kilda Council and Head of the Business Law Department at Swinburne University. He is currently Treasurer of unchain St Kilda Inc.

Treasurer
Peter Holland

Peter Holland is a long term resident of St Kilda and has been involved in many planning and social justice matters in St Kilda and Port Phillip for the past three decades. He has made representations to the VCAT and submissions to government inquiries on such matters as the St Kilda harbour, foreshore height controls, the St Kilda Triangle, social housing, the Melbourne metropolitan planning strategy and Fishermans Bend. Peter has been a Councillor in St Kilda Council and Head of the Business Law Department at Swinburne University. He is currently Treasurer of unchain St Kilda Inc.

Research and Planning Ian Wood Ian was involved in planning and environmental issues with the City of Yarra from the late 90s until only a few years ago. He was a member of three Yarra Council Advisory Committees for six years (on planning, the environment and City Link) and stood for Yarra Council in 1999 & 2002. He has a background in science and teaching and then worked as a radio journalist/producer/presenter in the 80s and 90s, mainly with ABC Radio Australia. He's been a member of SOS since shortly after it was formed in 1998 in response to the deregulation of town planning laws by the Kennett Govt. during the 90s. He joined the SOS Committee in 2003.  At the end of 2004 he was elected Vice President, and has been SOS President since November 2008. As a Community Planning Consultant, he has been acting professionally as an advocate for residents at the council level and at VCAT since 2001. He focuses on improved statutory and strategic planning controls and local government processes, including reform of VCAT, better and more integrated public transport and maintaining and improving the amenity and sustainability of metro Melbourne.

Research and Planning
Ian Wood

Ian was involved in planning and environmental issues with the City of Yarra from the late 90s until only a few years ago. He was a member of three Yarra Council Advisory Committees for six years (on planning, the environment and City Link) and stood for Yarra Council in 1999 & 2002. He has a background in science and teaching and then worked as a radio journalist/producer/presenter in the 80s and 90s, mainly with ABC Radio Australia. He's been a member of SOS since shortly after it was formed in 1998 in response to the deregulation of town planning laws by the Kennett Govt. during the 90s. He joined the SOS Committee in 2003.  At the end of 2004 he was elected Vice President, and has been SOS President since November 2008. As a Community Planning Consultant, he has been acting professionally as an advocate for residents at the council level and at VCAT since 2001. He focuses on improved statutory and strategic planning controls and local government processes, including reform of VCAT, better and more integrated public transport and maintaining and improving the amenity and sustainability of metro Melbourne.

Policy Les Rosenblatt Les Rosenblatt has held the Secretarial position for the Community of Alliance of Port Phillip for the last 4 years. His involvement with Local Govt. and planning covers more than 30 years of active experience included being elected to an inner-urban council, working as a Council employed manager, and many years of local activism. He has held several board member positions for sustained periods of time on not-for-profit legal, welfare, and cultural organisations and services. He holds post-graduate qualifications in education, social work, public policy, and public health. He has taught (lecturer, tutor, supervisor) social science research at Victoria University and elsewhere and is an action research practitioner. He has a very strong interest in housing affordability and environmental sustainability for multi-unit dwellings and owners' corporations.

Policy
Les Rosenblatt

Les Rosenblatt has held the Secretarial position for the Community of Alliance of Port Phillip for the last 4 years. His involvement with Local Govt. and planning covers more than 30 years of active experience included being elected to an inner-urban council, working as a Council employed manager, and many years of local activism. He has held several board member positions for sustained periods of time on not-for-profit legal, welfare, and cultural organisations and services. He holds post-graduate qualifications in education, social work, public policy, and public health. He has taught (lecturer, tutor, supervisor) social science research at Victoria University and elsewhere and is an action research practitioner. He has a very strong interest in housing affordability and environmental sustainability for multi-unit dwellings and owners' corporations.


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Vice President

Stephen Axford

Following his recent appointment to the Office to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), Stephen Axford has resigned from his position as Vice President of IMPA.  The board thanks Stephen for his dedicated service to IMPA over the past 2 years, and wishes him all the best on this new endeavour.


 

2014-15 Executive Group


2014 Executive Group