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Planning Minister John Rau announced John Hanlon, former Deputy Chief Executive of Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure was yesterday appointed to the role.

“Mr Hanlon 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,” he said.

“I believe he will bring significant skills to Renewal SA and this will assist them to continue their work into the future.

“I am confident Renewal SA will deliver on its promise to be a driver of economic activity in our state.”

Mr Rau said arrangements had already been made for Mr Hanlon to start in the role immediately.

“I would like to thank Trudi Meakins who has been acting in this position for the last few months following the retirement of former Chief Executive Fred Hansen,” Mr Rau said.

“Mr Hanlon will now take on the role and I am looking forward to working with him and Renewal SA staff to deliver on this agency’s charter.”

Mr Rau said Mr Hanlon had been instrumental in delivering on the government’s vibrant city agenda.

“Mr Hanlon has been heading up the Premier’s Vibrant City task force that has given rise to a number of changes to the city including small bar licencing arrangements, establishment of the entrepreneurial hub and the activation programs for the riverbank precinct.

“He has also implemented significant planning reforms over the last two years, which have been the most significant reforms to the system in over 20 years.

“These reforms are leading to major urban renewal projects occurring around the state.

“Mr Hanlon will be bringing this experience to his new role in Renewal SA to build on this strong foundation.”

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