Liveable Cities Advisory Committee


To provide advice and guidance on the development of strategies, and identification of challenges and opportunities, about urban planning, heritage, safety, affordable housing and healthy and connected urban systems within the Local Government Area (LGA).

  1. To provide advice on development of strategies that support urban policy and frameworks to achieve liveability objectives.
  2. To provide advice on the planning for integration of affordability, transport, infrastructure, environment, and safety and crime prevention strategies.
  3. To provide advice on the planning for integrated public and active transport services and oversee the implementation of City of Newcastle's (CN) traffic, parking and cycling management plans and operations.
  4. To consider and advise on environmental and sustainability planning.
  5. To provide advice on the protection and enhancement of heritage issues and design character.


Advisory Committees are established under Part Q of City of Newcastle’s Code of Meeting Practice to provide advice to the elected Council on matters of strategic significance, and to provide advice to us on implementation of relevant matters aligned to the Newcastle 2040 Community Strategic Plan.

Advisory Committees may make recommendations to Council or a Committee of Council, but no functions are delegated to them by City of Newcastle.


Membership to this Committee includes:

  • The Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuatali Nelmes
  • Michelle Bisson, Executive Director, Planning and Environment

Up to three Councillors:

  • Councillor Dr John Mackenzie - Chair
  • Councillor Dr Elizabeth Adamczyk - Deputy Chair
  • Councillor John Church

Representatives from stakeholder organisations:

  • Kristi Jorgensen, Hunter and Central Coast Advisory Committee
  • Steve O'Connor, Planning Institute of Australia
  • Michael Nolan, Home in Place

Up to three community representatives:

  • Sparrow Katekar
  • Kathleen Mee
  • Mark Kelly

The Lord Mayor may attend any Advisory Committee meeting as a voting member. Community representatives of City of Newcastle Advisory Committees are not paid and serve on a voluntary basis.

If more applications from suitable community representatives are received than positions, offers of membership will be made to the top applicant/s and the remainder placed on an eligibility list.

Responsibility of Advisory Committee Members

Committee members are expected to have the time needed to understand the Committee’s business papers, attend Committee meetings and provide advice and feedback on matters brought before the Committee.

Committee members are required to follow applicable City of Newcastle policies and procedures and must:

  • Conduct themselves in accordance with City of Newcastle’s Code of Conduct
  • Declare and manage Conflicts of Interest in accordance with City of Newcastle’s Code of Conduct
  • Maintain confidentiality and not disclose confidential or private information
  • Not use information gained through membership of the Committee for a private benefit for themselves or any other person
  • Understand City of Newcastle’s Media Policy and not speak to the media or members of the public on behalf of City of Newcastle, the Advisory Committee or Working Party.

City of Newcastle has adopted Guidelines for Meeting Practice. These Guidelines provide additional detail on responsibility requirements.

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

Annual Reports

Meeting Schedule for 2024

Meetings are held quarterly, on the first Tuesday of the month commencing at 5.30pm at 12 Stewart Avenue, Newcastle West.

5 March 2024
4 June 2024
3 September 2024

Archived Meeting Agendas and Minutes



1 February 2022
1 March 2022
7 June 2022
6 September 2022
29 November 2022