Morris Iemma resigns as planning supremo

Resignation: Morris Iemma has resigned from his position as the Greater Sydney Commmission's South District Commissioner.
Resignation: Morris Iemma has resigned from his position as the Greater Sydney Commmission's South District Commissioner.

Former NSW Premier, Morris Iemma has resigned from his role as South District Commissioner with the Greater Sydney Commission.

Mr Iemma was first appointed as South District Commissioner in 2015 and reappointed in 2018.

District commissioners for the five Greater Sydney districts are appointed by the Minister for Planning, and ratified by cabinet, on the recommendation of relevant local councils.

The South District covers the council areas of Hurstville, Kogarah, Rockdale, Canterbury and Sutherland Shire.

As South District Commissioner he was responsible for helping to create the South District Plan which sets out the planning priorities and housing targets for each district.

The South District has a 20-year strategic housing target of 83,500, equating to an average annual supply of 4,175 dwellings, or one-in-nine of all new houses in Greater Sydney over 20 years.

Chief Commissioner, Lucy Turnbull said the Commission will consult with the Premier and the local councils of South District on interim arrangements to replace Mr Iemma.

Ms Turnbull thanked Mr Iemma for his contribution to the Commission's work, particularly on the development of the South District Plan and the Collaboration Areas program.

"The Commission has benefited greatly from Morris' professional experience and love for the South District.

"He was one of the foundation District Commissioners, appointed in 2016 and was reappointed in September last year.

"His contribution will live on through the great opportunities and enhanced liveability that will be provided to the people of the District," she said.

Mr Iemma said additional private work commitments have meant the best course of action was to step down.

"In recent times my existing commitments outside the GSC have increased," Mr Iemma said.

"This coupled with new ventures has impacted on my schedule.

"The Commission can be justifiably proud of its achievements and I wish it well," he said.

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