Solicitor Julie Bishop has been appointed the first woman chairperson of the Western Australian Town Planning Appeal Tribunal.
Planning Minister Richard Lewis said today that State Cabinet had endorsed Ms Bishop's appointment.
Ms Bishop, 37, is a senior partner with national law firm Clayton Utz.
She will replace the present chair of the three-member tribunal, Mr Michael Barker, whose term expires later this year.
Mr Lewis said Ms Bishop was well-qualified for the position having worked as a partner in a South Australian law firm that specialised in town planning law.
"Ms Bishop has wide experience as counsel in the South Australian Planning Appeal Board and the Liquor Licensing Board," he said.
"Since arriving in Perth in 1983 she has handled a wide variety of cases, particularly in the area of commercial litigation and company law."
Ms Bishop has been appointed for a three-year term commencing from January 1, 1994.
The Town Planning Appeal Tribunal is an independent agency which hears appeals lodged under the Town Planning and Development Act.
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