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The Honourable Robert Gordon Stokes MP

NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces

Minister Rob Stokes


The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces is responsible for exercising environmental planning and assessment functions across NSW as part of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). The Minister also sets the policy direction for the Planning portfolio as well as determining state significant proposals. He also has responsibility for identifying and protecting publicly owned land for use as parks and public spaces and for enhancing and expanding the state’s parks, gardens and open spaces.

Rob has also served as NSW Minister for Education, Minister for Planning, the Minister for Environment and Heritage, the Assistant Minister for Planning, and Minister for the Central Coast.


Rob has been actively involved in volunteer work in the legal profession and has written numerous articles on environmental planning and NSW tax law in a variety of books and academic journals.


Outside parliament, Rob has been an Honorary Fellow with Macquarie Law School, a director of the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning and an Assessor with the Northern Beaches Branch of Surf Life Saving Australia. Rob has also worked as a solicitor in general commercial practice.

He was first elected as the parliamentary representative for the NSW electorate of Pittwater in 2007 and was re-elected with an increased majority in 2011 and 2015. Rob has double degrees in arts and law and has completed a PhD in law under a Commonwealth Scholarship.