Garry Middle is the Director of the VisionEnvironment and is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University’s Centre for Sport and Recreation Research, Perth, Western Australia (WA).
Dr Middle has over 30 years experience in environment planning, sustainability planning, coastal planning, policy and governance, open space planning, environmental impact assessment (EIA), strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and climate change governance.
He has worked with State and Local governments, consulting and as an academic. Before joining Curtin in June 2008, Dr Middle was the Appeals Convenor for the WA Minister for Environment and prior to that was Director, Environment and Natural Resource Planning, at Department of Planning and Infrastructure. He also worked for the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) - the peak environmental agency in WA - for over 15 years.
Dr Middle is currently an independent member of the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) which is the statutory authority with statewide responsibilities for urban, rural and regional land use planning and land development matters. Dr Middle also chairs WA’s peak coastal planning and management authority, the Coastal Planning and Coordination Council.
Dr Middle is also the chair of Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust, an independent Trust fund dedicated to funding research and on-ground works in the Great Victoria Desert. The Trust was established and funded by the proponent of the Tropicana Gold Mine as an offset for its impacts on matters of National Environmental Significance.