John Woodward (lawyer)

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John Woodward (born 1934) is an Australian sportsman, alderman, lawyer and environmental commissioner.

Early life[edit]

John Thomas Woodward was born in Watsons Bay, Australia on 1 November 1934.

He was a keen sailor, member of the Vaucluse Yacht Club and skippered 'Flying Dutchman' to win the VJ Amateur Sailing Association, Commonwealth Championship of 1952-53.[1][2][3]

Legal career[edit]

In 1959, John completed a Bachelor of Laws at University of Sydney.[4] He concluded his direct involvement in the legal profession in 1974 as a solicitor / partner with Currie & Currie located in King St, Sydney.[5]

Political career[edit]

John was an alderman from the Kirribilli ward of the North Sydney Council from 1965 to 1972, Deputy Mayor from December 1968 to December 1969, and Mayor of North Sydney from December 1971 to December 1972 [6][7]

From 1976 until 1979, John was Director (in the Premiers Advisory Unit) reporting to Neville Wran, the Premier of NSW.[8]

Environmental and planning career[edit]

From 1981 to 1992 he was Chairman of the NSW Office of The Commissioners of Inquiry for Environment and Planning and authored (or co-authored) over 55 reports covering planning and environmental enquiries conducted in NSW during that time.[9]

Some of the more notable inquiries included:

Between 1993 and 1996, he completed a further three environmental based inquiries:

  • Commonwealth Commission of Inquiry, Shoalwater Bay Capricornia Coast, Queensland, Australia.[14]
  • Commonwealth Commission of Inquiry, East Coast Armaments Complex Point Wilson, Victoria.[15]
  • A proposal for future use of lands at Lucas Heights : Lucas Heights mediation / Sutherland Shire Council and Waste Service NSW.[16]

In 1999 he completed an assessment into the amalgamation of the South Sydney, Randwick and Botany Bay councils.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DETAILS OF SPORT". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 27 January 1953. p. 10. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "SPORT DETAILS". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 27 November 1952. p. 10. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "DETAILS OF SPORT". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 23 November 1953. p. 7. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Bachelor of Laws (PDF), Sydney University, retrieved 28 August 2011 
  5. ^ King St Street Scene, City of Sydney Image Library, retrieved 28 August 2011 [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ State Environmental Planning Policy No. 5, Parliament of New South Wales, archived from the original on 5 April 2011, retrieved 28 August 2011 
  7. ^ Oral history interview with John Woodward, Nan Manefied, retrieved 28 August 2011 [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Passport photo, Mr John Woodward, Premiers Advisory Unit, retrieved 29 August 2011 
  9. ^ List of Available Reports (PDF), OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS OF INQUIRY FOR ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING, archived from the original (PDF) on 23 April 2011, retrieved 27 August 2011 
  10. ^ M2 Hills Motorway, Ozroads, retrieved 30 August 2011 
  11. ^ Woodward, John, 1934- (1989), An Inquiry into objections to a conservation order The Royal Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney / John Woodward, Chairman, Commissioners of Inquiry for Environment and Planning, ISBN 0-7305-5808-8 
  12. ^ Kate O'Donnell, In the Shadow of Power, Planning Politics and the Kurnell Peninsular (PDF), University of New South Wales, archived from the original (PDF) on 1 October 2011, retrieved 30 August 2011 
  13. ^ BHP Mini Mill Rooty Hill Australia, Sinclair Knight Merz, archived from the original on 28 September 2011, retrieved 30 August 2011 
  14. ^ Woodward, John T (1993), Report / Commonwealth Commission of Inquiry, Shoalwater Bay Capricornia Coast, Queensland, Australian Govt. Pub. Service, ISBN 0-642-20057-2 
  15. ^ Woodward, John, 1934-; Blakers, M. (Margaret); Doolan, K. J. (Kenneth James) (1996), Report of the Commonwealth Commission of Inquiry East Coast Armaments Complex Point Wilson, Victoria, Australian Govt. Pub. Service, ISBN 978-0-644-46369-0 
  16. ^ Woodward, John, 1934-; Allan, Pam, 1953-; Sutherland (N.S.W. : Shire). Council; Waste Service NSW; New South Wales. Office of Environmental Mediation and Inquiry (1996), A proposal for future use of lands at Lucas Heights : Lucas Heights mediation, Office of Environmental Mediation and Inquiry, retrieved 29 August 2011 
  17. ^ Woodward, John; South Sydney (N.S.W.). Council; Randwick (N.S.W.). Council; Office of Environmental Mediation and Inquiry (1999), Progress report : assessment of options for a possible amalgamation – City Councils of South Sydney, Randwick and Botany Bay : To the Minister for Local Government and the mayors and councillors of the City Councils of South Sydney and Randwick, Office of Environmental Mediation & Inquiry, retrieved 29 August 2011