About Renewal SA

We provide an integrated approach to urban development on behalf of the Government of South Australia.

Through new ways of delivering urban revitalisation, we help create innovative places where people want to live, work and play.

Our roleState strategyBoard and managementOur peopleReports + publications

Our role

We develop connected, accessible places that enhance South Australia’s distinctive lifestyle. Through meaningful partnerships with communities, industries and organisations we create energising opportunities and living progress.

State strategy

In support of other government priorities, Renewal SA plays a leading role in providing opportunities for industrial and commercial development on designated employment lands to support jobs growth and influence productivity and economic development.

The Planning Strategy for South Australia

Renewal SA delivers a range of outcomes from the Planning Strategy for South Australia.

The Planning Strategy has three objectives:

► maintain and improve liveability
► increase competitiveness
► drive sustainability and resilience to climate change.

The Planning Strategy sets out the long-term vision for land use and development in South Australia. It is a requirement of section 22 of the Development Act 1993 and consists of seven volumes that cover the entire state.

The Planning Strategy volume that Renewal SA is concerned with is The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide.

The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide

Through The 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide, Renewal SA’s ongoing strategic role includes identifying and assembling development sites for the state.

We create detailed precinct plans through consultation with government agencies, local communities, councils and other stakeholders.

Consultation centres on the best delivery of appropriate infrastructure, human services, streetscapes and open spaces. We carry out consultation before development starts, either directly with interest groups and communities or through private sector representatives.

South Australia’s Strategic Plan

Through the delivery of a range projects and activities we contribute to the following South Australian Strategic Plan targets:

Target 7 Affordable housing: South Australia leads the nation over the period to 2020 in the proportion of homes sold or built that are affordable by low and moderate income households.

Target 8 Housing stress: South Australia leads the nation over the period to 2020 in the proportion of low income households not experiencing housing stress.

Target 56: Strategic infrastructure, provide key economic and social infrastructure to accommodate population growth.

Target 60: Energy efficiency, dwellings; increase the energy efficiency of homes by 15% by 2020.

Target 63: Use of public transport; increase the use of public transport to 10% of metropolitan weekday passenger vehicle kilometres travelled by 2018.

Target 75: Sustainable water use; South Australia’s water resources are managed within sustainable limits by 2018.

Delivering an
urban future

Board and management

Appointed by the Governor, our Board of Management is subject to the control and direction of the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, the Honourable Stephan Knoll, MP.

Board of Management

Ms Bronwyn Pike

Hon Bronwyn Pike

Presiding Member

A former Victorian Government Minister with portfolio responsibilities and experience across health, housing, and education and community services, Ms Pike brings a wealth of experience in developing and delivering public policy and programs for low income and disadvantaged communities.

Mr Geoff Knight

Geoff Knight


Geoff Knight has had a long career in the Public Sector, serving in diverse senior policy and leadership positions over three decades. He is also the former Chief Executive of Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA), appointed in 2006.

Ms Helen Fulcher

Helen Fulcher


Helen Fulcher is the former Chief Executive of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and and Housing New Zealand Corporation, and has extensive experience in the development and delivery of social housing and affordable housing and the delivery of urban renewal projects in South Australia, New Zealand and Western Australia.

Mr Phil Baker

Phil Baker


Phil Baker has had 45 years’ experience in aviation, including being Managing Director of Adelaide Airport Ltd. He is currently Independent Chairman of the SA Freight Corporation, Chairman of the Adelaide Convention Bureau, a non-Executive Director of Flinders Ports Holdings, Director of Port Hedland International Airport Group of Companies and Director of the Health First Network. In addition, Phil is sole Director of his own Aviation Consultancy Company (Philbak Pty) and acts as a judge for both the Property Council of Australia and the Australian Airports Association (AAA) annual national awards.

Mr Terry Groom

Terry Groom


Terry Groom holds a Master of Laws in Corporate and Commercial Law along with an Associate Diploma in Accounting, is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and has extensive experience in the areas of commercial law, conveyancing, and taxation law.

He served as Member of the Parliament of South Australia for 13 years in roles such as Minister for Primary Industries, Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Economic & Finance Committee.

Terry has also lectured on Taxation Law at TAFE SA Adelaide and Panorama, served on councils for Flinders University and Roseworthy Agricultural College, and was a member of the Repatriation General Hospital Board. Presently Terry is a consultant solicitor in the areas of commercial, property and business law.

Mr David McArdle

David McArdle


David McArdle operates a property consultancy business and has extensive experience in the commercial, retail and industrial property sectors including a role as a former National Proprietor with Jones Lang Wootton Australia.

He has held numerous advisory roles in SA state and local government, as well as the private sector, involving large scale property projects and public asset management issues.

In addition to joining the board of the Urban Renewal Authority, David is currently Deputy Chair of Turner Securities and was previously a Director of the Property Trust of Australia, Chair of the West Beach Trust and Chair of the Government Office Accommodation Committee.

Our people

Our people are committed to ensuring Renewal SA is a high-performing organisation with a passion for
achieving results, being responsive to government and respected by industry.

Our people exemplify ethical behaviour and professional integrity and are collaborative across the public sector and industry.

Our executive team

John Hanlon

Chief Executive

John has a wealth of experience in the public service, specifically in the area of planning and he is widely known and respected in the industry.

John previously held the role of Deputy Chief Executive at DPTI, where he had responsibilities for the implementation of The 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide and led the development of the South Australia’s first Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan which covers all aspects of transport and infrastructure for the state for both urban and economic growth for the next 30 years.

Georgina Vasilevski

General Manager, People & Place Management

Georgina is the General Manager People and Place Management for Renewal SA and is charged with creating great places for people to live, work, invest and spend time.

She has a strong background working across government and with private sector and has extensive experience in strategic planning, organisational review and restructure, cultural change, placemaking, event management and community and industry engagement.

Mark Devine

General Manager, Project Delivery

Mark is responsible for the successful delivery of Renewal SA’s range of residential, industrial, commercial and urban renewal projects.

His background is with major multi-national companies delivering long term and complex property projects with multi-disciplinary teams.

Mark has previously managed a $1 billion property development portfolio with operations spanning land development, dwelling construction, property refurbishment, and economic and community development.

Damian De Luca

General Manager, Corporate Services

Damian is an experienced business leader with strong record of successfully delivering excellence in service delivery, change management and sustained improvements in operational performance. Damian has held leadership roles at a state, national and international level in government, public health, banking and finance and information technology services. As Renewal SA’s General Manager, Corporate Services, he is focused on driving accountability, business planning and improvement programs and optimising corporate support service delivery.

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