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Appointment of new Director General

Sep 13, 2017

Gail McGowan has been appointed Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH).

Ms McGowan was the interim Director General who oversaw the amalgamation of the former departments of Planning, Lands, State Heritage Office and the Aboriginal lands and the heritage functions of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs into DPLH.

Ms McGowan has worked in the public sector for many years and was appointed Director General of the Department of Planning in April 2014. Prior this this, she held senior positions at the former Department of State Development and Worksafe. Her vision for the newly created DPLH is of a truly integrated department that has a strong focus on stakeholders with all functions working together to deliver a seamless outcome for clients.

“The department will continue to be outward looking and actively seek opportunities to collaborate with other departments to deliver State Government priorities,” Ms McGowan said.

“This amalgamation will ensure that – in the long term – the State’s planning, lands and heritage services will be more efficient, coordinated and comprehensive.”

The recruitment process was managed by the Public Sector Commission.

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