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Council Assessment Panel (CAP)

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Please note: Nominations have been extended to 5pm on 27 July 2018.

The CAP is a committee that considers and makes decisions regarding development applications on behalf of Council. The CAP is one of the authorities that can make impartial and transparent development assessment decisions based on Wattle Range Council’s Development Plan, in accordance with relevant laws (e.g. Development Act and Planning, Development & Infrastructure Act). Council's Planning Officers refer relevant applications to the CAP for consideration.

A formal meeting schedule has not been adopted and meetings are held as required. An agenda advising the date, time and location of a meeting will be published on this website in advance. 

CAP Members


Member Name

Indpendent Member (Presiding Member) Elizabeth Travers
Indpendent Member  Edwin Jordan
Indpendent Member  Rosemary Kain
Indpendent Member  currently vacant
Indpendent Member (Member of Council) Cr Dennis Muhovics

Assessment Manager

Appointed by Council’s Chief Executive Officer, the Assessment Manager's role is to manage the staff and operations of the assessment panel as well as provide advice to the assessment panel (as appropriate).

Council's Assessment Manager is John Best who can be contacted at Council's Millicent Office.

Code of Conduct

The Minister for Planning has adopted an Assessment Panel Members - Code of Conduct to be observed by all members of the CAP.  

Other Procedures

A number of relevant documents apply to the operation of the panel, including:

Note: The Council Assessment Panel has replaced the Development Assessment Panel that was established under the Development Act


June 29 2018
.pdf CAP Agenda 29 June 2018 Agendas
.pdf CAP Minutes Minutes
March 22 2018
.pdf CAP Agenda 22 March 2018 Agendas
.pdf CAP Minutes Minutes


Nominations Open 


Council is seeking nominations from interested persons for appointment to the Wattle Range Council Assessment Panel (CAP).

Four (4) Independent Member positions, one of which may be appointed as the presiding member and two (2) Deputy Member positions are available.

Independent members of the CAP should have:

  • a sound interest in town planning;
  • knowledge of the Wattle Range Council Development Plan;
  • knowledge of the Development Act and Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act; and  
  • appropriate qualifications and experience relevant to the CAP.

As a guide, independent members could come from the field of architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, planning, law, building, environmental planning or similar fields that are relevant to the activities of the CAP.

The presiding member will ideally have experience in chairing formal meetings and knowledge of the Council Assessment Panel Meeting Procedures.

Independent members will be compensated for their time and expertise by an appropriate level of remuneration determined by Council. The current sitting allowance for the Presiding Member is $350 and Independent Member/Deputy Member’s is $300.

Appointments will be made for a two-year term expiring 30 June 2020.

Please Note: The Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 (PDI Act) is being progressively introduced to replace the existing Development Act 1993. An important part of the PDI Act enables the Minister for Planning to establish an accreditation scheme for planners, building certifiers and other industry professionals involved in making development decisions including Council Assessment Panel Members.

It is anticipated that the scheme may be applied during this term of appointment. Members of the Panel may be required to meet the accreditation scheme requirements during their term of appointment.

Qualifications and experience required:

The following qualifications or experience (or ability to obtain) is highly desirable:

  • Relevant planning degree or qualification in an allied field (e.g. architecture, engineering, environmental management or law) and two years full time or equivalent experience considered appropriate; or
  • Full or Associate Membership of Planning Institute of Australia or accreditation in a recognised allied field.

Copies of the nomination form and information kit are available from any Council Office or from Council’s website www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au. Confidential enquiries can be made to Assessment Manager John Best on (08) 8733 0900.

Nominations should be submitted to Wattle Range Council, PO Box 27, MILLICENT SA 5280 and close at 5 pm on Friday 27 July 2018.

Ben Gower

Chief Executive Officer

Council Assessment Panel Information Kit

 CAP Nomination Form   CAP Code   CAP Terms   CAP Meeting Procedures    





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