An Extraordinary Meeting of Tweed Shire Council this afternoon has selected academic Dr Ned Wales and barrister Robert Quirk as the Tweed Shire Council nominees for the Northern Region for the new Joint Regional Planning Panels (JRPP).

Development Manager Steven Grimes has been selected as the alternative nominee.

Six JRPPs will be established throughout regional and metropolitan areas of NSW. Tweed Shire Council was required to nominate two members for the Northern Region JRPP as well as an alternative member should a council nominee become unavailable.

Director of Planning and Regulation Vince Connell said the objective of the JRPPs was to create a panel of people with appropriate expertise to determine development proposals of regional significance.

For more information visit the Minutes of today’s Extraordinary Council Meeting on


Dr Ned Wales

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Bond University’s School of Sustainable Development. Lives at Tweed Heads.

He attended Murwillumbah High School, then left for the United States where he went to university and had an extensive career in urban planning.

Returned to Australia in 2000. He has also worked in local government (Gold Coast City Council).

Robert Quirk

Barrister-at-law with chambers in Brisbane. A major part of the practice is environmental and planning law.

Lives at Terranora.

Attended Murwillumbah High School and had extensive community involvement through the Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club, Murwillumbah Pony Club and Tweed Heads Swimming Club.

He was Tweed District Sportsperson of the Year in the mid-1980s.

Son of well-known Tweed cane farmer Robert Quirk.

Steven Grimes (alternative member)

Development Manager with the Urban Land Development Authority, a Queensland State Government Authority established to assist government bodies dispose of excess land parcels.

He has lived at Casuarina for the past four years.