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:
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.
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
- 1Be prepared – community trustee board members are asked to provide informed advice on the relevant parklands
- 2Turn up – members will be appointed for an initial two-year period and will be required to attend at least four meetings per year
- 3Contribute local knowledge – we’re keen to hear about the experiences and perspectives of diverse members of your community
- 4Be respectful and inclusive – you’ll be expected to contribute in a way that values the contribution of others
- 5Be 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
- 6Protect confidential information – members have a duty to protect confidential and private information
- 7Speak up – if another community trustee board member is not acting ethically, you should notify the Chair and/or Greater Sydney Parklands
- 8Communicate effectively – we’re keen to hear from individuals who are clear communicators and chairs should have demonstrated skills and experience running meetings