John McInerney has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his community work and lifelong involvement in town planning.
John McInerney is the Chair of the Millers Point Resident Action Group, and a member of the Working Party and the Sirius Foundation, three groups working on behalf of the community and heritage of Millers Point, Dawes Point and The Rocks.
In his professional life, he is an Architect and Town Planner with special interests in villages, good urban design, transport and heritage. Previous positions include Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, National President of the Planning Institute of Australia, Manager of Planning for the City of Sydney and City of Melbourne and the ACT Commissioner for Land and Planning 1997–2004. His interests have included overhauling city planning instruments, developing his concept of Sydney – a City of Villages and implementing an integrated transport strategy with emphasis on light rail and pedestrian/bike paths.
The Millers Point Resident Action Group is an active community organisation where all residents are welcome. It next meets on Tuesday 14 February at 6.30pm in its new home at the Harry Jensen Centre in Argyle Street, and thereafter at 6.30pm on the second Tuesday of every month (except January).