Ms Dorte Ekelund
30 April 2010 05:29:05 PM
Dorte Ekelund, Executive Director of the Major Cities Unit at Infrastructure Australia, has over 25 years experience in urban and regional planning. Prior to joining the Australian Government in November 2008, she was the Deputy Director General of the Western Australian Department for Planning and Infrastructure, and a member of the Western Australian Planning Commission. Dorte previously held the role of Deputy Chief Planning Executive at the ACT Planning and Land Authority, and formerly worked for a number of local government authorities.
Dorte is experienced in urban development coordination, infrastructure planning, statutory planning, planning system reform and governance reform. She has a strong interest in climate change, water quality planning, living and housing affordability, and the integration of transport and other infrastructure investment with strategic land use planning.
In her current role, these interests come together in considering the challenges facing Australian cities, and how cities can contribute to improved outcomes for communities and the environment. In March 2010, the State of Australian Cities 2010 report, prepared by the Major Cities Unit, was released – representing the first time an Australian Government has prepared such a comprehensive picture of urban Australia. The Unit is presently preparing a national urban policy.
Dorte has a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Class 1 Honours) and a Masters of Business Administration.