To ensure Melbourne and Victoria’s regions remain vibrant economies and great places to live, learn and play, the Victorian Planning Authority focuses on land-use and infrastructure planning for strategic sites and high-growth precincts.

Throughout 65 completed urban renewal, greenfield and regional projects and another 44 in progress, increasing attention is being paid to green and blue infrastructure as essential components of liveable towns and cities.

As a champion of urban trees, Jude will be highlighting the current status of nature-based solutions, like greenspace, tree cover and water sensitive urban design, in planning for future growth.

Drawing upon examples from her last 2 years with the Authority, Jude will reflect on the successes and challenges that have emerged from working  closely with Councils, government departments and the community to deliver a balance between high intensity development and functional urban green cover.


Jude Munro AO

Jude is the current Chair of the Victorian Planning Authority.

She is experienced in guiding large complex organisations both as a non-executive director and when she was a CEO. She also mentors CEOs. Her last CEO position was as CEO of Brisbane City Council for 10 years.
She led the Council with its $2.6B annual budget, 9000 employees and delivering infrastructure projects, bus and ferry services, regulatory and other municipal services for 1.2M people. Infrastructure projects included $2.7B Clem7 tunnel, steering committee chair for the feasibility stage of Airport Link, the Green Bridge, and Go Between bridge.

She served three Lord Mayors. Since that time she has been board chair of Australia’s fourth largest water utility, a director of a national aviation business, an airport, development company, and a director of one of Australia’s largest not-for-profits with a $1.3B budget. With the skills she has developed, Jude brings to any situation her passion for the big picture, good governance and lateral ideas.