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Community trustee boards

Community trustee boards for Greater Sydney Parklands’ iconic parks

Community trustee boards have been established as one form of engaging with local communities on the future of Greater Sydney Parklands’ iconic parks – which include Callan Park, Centennial Parklands (incorporating Moore Park and Queens Park), Fernhill Estate, Parramatta Park and Western Sydney Parklands.

The community trustee boards will play a key advisory role representing a broad range of community interests and local perspectives on park stewardship, activities and usage, plus environmental, heritage and cultural issues. The Greater Sydney Parklands Trust Board will consider the views of the community trustee boards, meaning they will have a direct impact on how our parks operate.

Community trustee board members

Community trustee board members were appointed on 5 December 2022 by the Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, as per legislative requirements, on the recommendation of Greater Sydney Parklands. The appointed members for each parkland are listed below:

Callan Park community trustee board
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Amelia Lawrence
Mayor Cr Darcy Byrne (Inner West Council nominated representative)
Deborah Lennis (First Nations representative)
Keith Irving (Chair)
Louisa Larkin
Roslyn Burge (heritage representative)
Stephen Conaty

Photo of Callan Park community trustee board members.

(L-R) Louisa Larkin, Keith Irving (Chair), Amelia Lawrence, Stephen Conaty, Deborah Lennis, Roslyn Burge. Absent: Mayor Darcy Byrne.

Centennial Park and Moore Park community trustee board
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Alex Kibble (heritage representative)
Alia Karaman (Chair)
Alim Fazley
Barbara Simms (First Nations representative)
Lord Mayor Cr Clover Moore (City of Sydney nominated representative)
Ross Nicholas
Cr Isabelle Shapiro OAM (Woollahra Municipal Council nominated representative)
Joseph Herschel
Mayor Cr Paula Masselos (Waverley Council nominated representative)
Ross Feller (Randwick City Council nominated representative)

Fernhill Estate community trustee board
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Cindy Laws (First Nations representative)
Nicholas Leech
Mayor Cr Patricia Hitchen (Penrith City Council nominated representative)
Peter Harvey
Poonam Naik
Robert Bennett (heritage representative)
Shari Driver (Chair)

Photo of Fernhill Estate community trustee board members.

(L-R) Peter Harvey, Robert Bennett, Shari Driver (Chair), Nicholas Leech, Poonam Naik. Absent: Mayor Patricia Hitchen (Penrith City Council) and Cindy Laws.

Parramatta Park community trustee board
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Benedict Mitchell
Cheryl Bates OAM (heritage representative)
James Lawler
Mayor Cr Lisa Lake (Cumberland City Council nominated representative)
Mustafa Agha
Stewart Thompson (Chair)
Thelmerie Rudd (First Nations representative)

Photo of Parramatta Park community trustee board members.

(L-R) Mustafa Agha, Stuart Thompson (Chair), Cheryl Bates OAM, Benedict Mitchell, James Lawler. Absent: Mayor of Cumberland Council Lisa Lake, Mayor City of Parramatta (TBC) and Thelmerie Rudd.

Western Sydney Parklands community trustee board
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Cr Chris Quilkey (Blacktown City Council nominated representative)
Christine Deaner (Liverpool City Council nominated representative)
Colin Locke (First Nations representative)
Douglas Belton (heritage representative)
Edward Saulig (Fairfield City Council nominated representative)
Ellie Robertson
Rebecca Anderson
Sririsay Vukovic

Meeting dates

Community trustee boards will meet at least four times per year. The inaugural meeting is being held on 7 February 2023, which will bring all community trustee board members together from across the parklands.

Once confirmed, subsequent meeting dates will be published on this website in early 2023.

Meeting agendas and summary reports

To ensure transparency, all members of the community will have access to meeting agendas and summary reports for community trustee board meetings.

The meeting agenda for each community trustee board meeting will be published below at least seven days before the meeting. The summary report will be published one week after the community trustee board meeting.

Inaugural joint community trustee board meeting
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Centennial Park and Moore Park
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Western Sydney Parklands
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Supporting documents

Establishment and operation of the community trustee boards is supported by a Terms of Reference for each park and a Code of Conduct. You can download these below.

Further information

Requirements of the community trustee boards

Each community trustee boards will:

  • Include a member nominated by each relevant local council
  • Be representative of community diversity including in relation to gender, age and cultural background
  • Be reflective of the broad range of views and interests of the community and people who use the relevant parkland
  • Include representation for local First Nations peoples
  • Include a representative who has experience or skills in heritage or heritage management.

Community trustee board members will:

  • Have knowledge of their parkland and the activities carried out there
  • Be able to communicate effectively with local residents, local community groups and other people who use the park.

To find out more about the approach for establishing and operating the community trustee boards, and what’s required of members, see the approved Consultation and Engagement Framework or the FAQs

Please note, a consultation process was undertaken to receive public feedback on these documents. The revised Consultation and Engagement Framework was presented to the community trustee boards prior to and during their first meeting for feedback, before being provided to the Minister for approval. The final version was approved by the Minister on 28 February 2023.

8 things you need to know as a member of the community trustee board

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    Be prepared – community trustee board members are asked to provide informed advice on the relevant parklands
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    Turn up – members will be appointed for an initial two-year period and will be required to attend at least four meetings per year
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    Contribute local knowledge – we’re keen to hear about the experiences and perspectives of diverse members of your community
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    Be respectful and inclusive – you’ll be expected to contribute in a way that values the contribution of others
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    Be mindful of NSW Government requirements – you’ll need to declare any conflicts of interest and act in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct
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    Protect confidential information – members have a duty to protect confidential and private information
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    Speak up – if another community trustee board member is not acting ethically, you should notify the Chair and/or Greater Sydney Parklands
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    Communicate effectively – we’re keen to hear from individuals who are clear communicators and chairs should have demonstrated skills and experience running meetings


Greater Sydney Parklands brings together some of Sydney’s most iconic parks: