About Chay Garde MPIA
Chay is the Northern Territory Board Director of the Planning Institute of Australia and currently works as Manager of Planning & Development (Southern Region) with the Northern Territory Government based in Alice Springs. In his current role, he leads both the Strategic Land Use Planning and Development Assessment functions in Central Australia’s urban centres and across the Territory’s vast and remote Southern region extending from Elliot in the North to the South Australian border.
Chay is an experienced urban and regional planner having worked in a variety of Planning, transport & infrastructure, and urban policy roles across all three levels of government in Australia. He worked in the former Commonwealth ‘Major Cities Unit’ (later becoming the ‘Planning Analysis’ branch of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development) where he provided policy advice on national planning issues to the government and composed a collection of chapters for the State of Australian Cities Reports. Chay also worked on a variety of complex integrated transport and land use planning projects for the Queensland and Victorian State Governments and worked with the Brisbane City Council in both neighbourhood planning and development assessment roles.
He has also undertaken international development assignments overseas, working as a part of a team of built environment specialists responding to the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines and working with a Nepali not-for-profit local government association to advocate for and facilitate increased autonomy and local decision-making ability for remote communities.
Since moving to the NT Chay has become a passionate advocate to improve planning and development processes and outcomes across regional and remote Australia to help address social, economic, and environmental matters.
Chay sits on the following Board committees:
- Education Committee