Metropolitan Development Advisory Panel

The Metropolitan Development Advisory Panel (MDAP) is a non-statutory panel established by the Minister for Suburban Development and Minister for Planning in December 2017. MDAP provides expert advice to the Ministers on an integrated approach to metropolitan development, which incorporates monitoring and implementation of Plan Melbourne 2017 – 2050 and strategic priorities arising from the Metropolitan Partnership process.

In accordance with section 4.1 of the Terms of Reference, the panel is constituted by:

  • four members with skills and experience in planning, community development, economic and environmental background, who are nominees of the Minister for Planning; and
  • the six Chairs of the Metropolitan Partnerships, who are ex officio appointments to MDAP.


The following Chair, Deputy Chair and members were jointly appointed by the Minister for Planning and Minister for Suburban Development from December 2017 to 31 March 2021:

  • Alicia Darvall, MDAP Chair, Inner South East Metropolitan Partnership Chair
  • Glenyys Romanes, MDAP Deputy Chair, Minister for Planning Nominee
  • Alex Lawlor, MDAP Member, Inner Metro Metropolitan Partnership Chair
  • Terry Larkins, MDAP Member, Northern Metropolitan Partnership Chair
  • Robin Whyte, MDAP Member, Eastern Metropolitan Partnership Chair
  • Elizabeth Deveny, MDAP Member, Southern Metropolitan Partnership Chair
  • Louise Glanville, MDAP Member, Western Metropolitan Partnership Chair
  • Mark Woodland, MDAP Member, Minister for Planning Nominee
  • Marcus Spiller, MDAP Member, Minister for Planning Nominee
  • Penelope Smith, MDAP Member, Minister for Planning Nominee

You can read MDAP's Terms of Reference to find out more about the role of MDAP.

Page last updated: 17/04/20