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.

 

 

2016-17 Executive Group

 

President Dr Ian Woodcock Ian Woodcock is an architect and urban designer with over 30 years’ experience encompassing practice, research and teaching, across government, private, community and university sectors. His research focuses on urban change, sense of place, and the use of design as a research method. He is an associate lecturer at RMIT, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and has led graduate studios at the Melbourne School of Design since 2005.  

President
Dr Ian Woodcock

Ian Woodcock is an architect and urban designer with over 30 years’ experience encompassing practice, research and teaching, across government, private, community and university sectors. His research focuses on urban change, sense of place, and the use of design as a research method. He is an associate lecturer at RMIT, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and has led graduate studios at the Melbourne School of Design since 2005.

 

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 Tim Naismith    

Treasurer
Tim Naismith

 

 

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.

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 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.

Research
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.

Policy Ann Cremean Ann is a strategic planner with over 20 years’ experience in local and State government. Her experience spans open space planning, policy development, natural resource management and transport planning. Passions include functional public spaces and accountable planning processes. Local Govt Strategic Planner·   Penty/Yarra River Co-ordinator , City of Banyule.  Open Space Planner City of Maribrynong, Strategic Planner Parks Victoria, Open Space Planner City of Port Phillip,  Co author / contributor of :  Melbourne's Regional Open Space Plan ( Parks Victoria), Audit of Melbourne 2030( DPCD), City of Port Philip Open Space Strategy, Playground Strategy, Project Manager: Catani Gardens Management Plan, City of Port Phillip, St Kilda Botanical Gardens Management Plan, CoPP, Parking Strategy City of Frankston, Stony Creek Restoration Plan City of Maribrynong, Greening Broadmeadows, City of Hume, Restoration of Middle Yarra Wetlands, City of Banyule.·   Central Activity Districts ( DPCD) at Bendigo, Frankston and Geelong·   Train Stations as Community Hubs Project   (Public Transport Victoria ), Secure Bike Parking atMetro and Regional Train Stations( DoT) , Arts at Train Stations Project ( DoT) Youth Art and Graffiti Project ( DoT )  

Policy
Ann Cremean

Ann is a strategic planner with over 20 years’ experience in local and State government. Her experience spans open space planning, policy development, natural resource management and transport planning. Passions include functional public spaces and accountable planning processes. Local Govt Strategic Planner·   Penty/Yarra River Co-ordinator , City of Banyule.  Open Space Planner City of Maribrynong, Strategic Planner Parks Victoria, Open Space Planner City of Port Phillip,  Co author / contributor of :  Melbourne's Regional Open Space Plan ( Parks Victoria), Audit of Melbourne 2030( DPCD), City of Port Philip Open Space Strategy, Playground Strategy, Project Manager: Catani Gardens Management Plan, City of Port Phillip, St Kilda Botanical Gardens Management Plan, CoPP, Parking Strategy City of Frankston, Stony Creek Restoration Plan City of Maribrynong, Greening Broadmeadows, City of Hume, Restoration of Middle Yarra Wetlands, City of Banyule.·   Central Activity Districts ( DPCD) at Bendigo, Frankston and Geelong·   Train Stations as Community Hubs Project   (Public Transport Victoria ), Secure Bike Parking atMetro and Regional Train Stations( DoT) , Arts at Train Stations Project ( DoT) Youth Art and Graffiti Project ( DoT )

 

Transport Tina Sheldon  

Transport
Tina Sheldon

 


 

2015-16 Executive Group

President Darragh O'Brien  

President
Darragh O'Brien

 

Vice President Marianne Richards  

Vice President
Marianne Richards

 

Secretary Gerry McLoughlin  

Secretary
Gerry McLoughlin

 

Treasurer Peter Holland  

Treasurer
Peter Holland

 

 
Planning and Research Ian Wood  

Planning and Research
Ian Wood

 

Policy Les Rosenblatt  

Policy
Les Rosenblatt

 

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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