Gail McGowan

The Director General of the Western Australian Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage Gail McGowan has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours.

Ms McGowan received The Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to land use planning and industry development in Western Australia.

The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding service by employees of the Australian Government and state, territory and local government employees.

Gail McGowan was appointed Director General of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage (DPLH) in September 2017.

Ms McGowan was the interim Director General who oversaw the amalgamation of the former departments of Planning, Lands, State Heritage Office and the Aboriginal lands and the heritage functions of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs into DPLH. Ms McGowan has worked in the public sector for many years and was appointed Director General of the Department of Planning in April 2014. Prior this this, she held senior positions at the former Department of State Development and Worksafe.

Her vision for the newly created DPLH is of a truly integrated department that has a strong focus on stakeholders with all functions working together to deliver a seamless outcome for clients.

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