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Taskforce Members

(Pictured left to right: Dr Ian Tiley, Mrs Gabrielle Kibble AO, Mr John Turner (Chair), and Mr Stephen Blackadder)

Mr John Turner (Chair). Mr Turner was elected an Alderman and Deputy Mayor of Cessnock City Council between 1981 and 1987. Mr Turner was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly in March 1988 being the Member for Myall Lakes. Mr Turner served as Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and has had various roles including shadow Minister for various portfolios including local government and served on select and parliamentary committees, including Chair of the Local Government Legislation Committee for the 1993 Local Government Act, Police, Energy, Cooperatives, Attorney General, Justice and Industrial Relations. Mr Turner was appointed Deputy Leader of the National Party from 1999 to 2003. His background is in law and politics.


Mrs Gabrielle Kibble AO. Mrs Kibble is currently Chair of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission and Chair of the Joint Regional Planning Panel for Western NSW. She was Chair of the Heritage Council of NSW between 2008 and the end of 2011. She was one of the Administrators of Wollongong City Council in 2008 and 2009, and she was the Administrator of Liverpool City Council from 2004 to 2008. Gabrielle Kibble has extensive experience in the public sector, particularly in urban planning and infrastructure development. From December 1987 until November 1997 she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning; and from July 1992 until April 1994 she was Director General of the NSW Department of Housing. Gabrielle Kibble is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Planning Institute. In 1994 Gabrielle Kibble became an Officer of the Order of Australia. In June 1999 the University of NSW conferred on her the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, and in September 2008 the University of Western Sydney awarded her an Honorary Doctor of Letters.


Mr Stephen Blackadder. Mr Blackadder was the General Manager of Rockdale City Council between 1988 and 2002 and General Manager of Warringah Council until 2007. He has served on the Local Government Managers Australia International Committee since 1998. Since 2007 Mr Blackadder has been Executive Director of Blackadder Associates Pty Ltd providing a range of consulting services to local government across Australia. His background is in business studies, management development and strategic planning.


Dr Ian Tiley. Doctor Tiley has almost 49 years’ experience in local government. Commencing as an employee he held the position of Shire Clerk for 15 years. He was the Mayor of the former Maclean Shire Council (1997 to 2000) and the first Mayor of Clarence Valley Council (2005 to 2008). Since 1991 he served on three general purpose and two county councils, retiring as a councillor in September 2012.

Doctor Tiley’s PhD was conferred in 2012. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of New England Armidale and a member of the University’s Executive Committee of the Centre for Local Government. Since June 2009, he has been the inaugural Chairperson of Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers Committee, is a Director on the North Coast Institute of TAFE Advisory Council and has held several other Ministerial appointments.

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