Environment, planning and sustainable development issues in the ACT
Ben Ponton, Director-General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
Environment Exchange events are held monthly to provide for informed, in-depth discussions on environmental issues in the region. Lunch, tea, coffee and cake is provided while networking with guests. Presentations are followed by questions from and discussion with the audience.
Ben was appointed to the role of Director-General of the ACT’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate in April 2017. Ben is a registered town planner with over 25 years experience in both the private and government sectors and is passionate about achieving high quality outcomes through meaningful and effective engagement.
Ben has experience within the private sector where he worked as a town planning consultant before beginning his government career with various New South Wales local government authorities. For the last 14 years, Ben has worked for the ACT Government in areas such as strategic planning, environmental policy, land and planning regulation, transport, city services and urban renewal. Ben focuses on citizen-oriented Government and believes in engaging with citizens early to build a sustainable and prosperous community for all.
As the chief planner, Ben is also responsible for the assessment of all development applications and statutory decision making processes within the planning area.
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