The Local Representation Advisory Committee
Administrators of merged councils were asked by the Government to establish representation committees to help bring communities together and to provide an avenue for independent community input on council mergers. Two committees have been established for City of Parramatta: the Local Representation Advisory Committee (LRAC) and the Former Councillor Representation Committee (FCRC).
LRAC is an inclusive advisory committee of independent community members and former councillors who work together in the best interests of the entire community. The committee will represent all residents and ratepayers across the whole of the new Local Government Area (LGA) and will be consulted on a range of local issues to help bring communities together as part of the new City of Parramatta.
The committee is an opportunity for local residents and business people to share local views and help guide the amalgamation process.
The LRAC currently includes 16 members consisting of 9 community members and 7 former councillors.
Rev Keith Hamilton (Chair)
Parramatta resident, Senior Minister and CEO Parramatta Mission, Board Member of Community Migrant Resource Centre and Western Sydney Community Forum
Christine Rigby (Deputy Chair)
Newington resident, committee member of the Festival of All Abilities and the Newington Working Group, previously Head of Studies TAFE and Ward Secretary Concord Hospital
Newington resident, immediate past Secretary United Voice, founding board member of Sydney Alliance
Northmead resident, closely involved in advocacy for local residents as electorate officer for The Hon Phillip Ruddock, previously actively involved in local soccer clubs and school committees, former alderman Parramatta City Council
Wentworth Point resident and business owner, President Wentworth Community Central, Chair Pulse Club, previously member of Executive Committee of both Harbourside and Waterfront Community Associations, participant in various council and major projects reference groups on local issues
Epping resident, held various senior roles in ASX companies, expertise in growing innovation, cultural change and women in leadership
Associate Professor Deborah Hatcher
North Rocks resident, Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University Rydalmere, previously actively involved in Roselea Footballs Club, North Rocks Netball Club, North Rocks Rugby, PhD research including study of issues for ageing Parramatta resident’s living at home
Epping resident, Parramatta business owner, member of Riverside Theatre Advisory Board, VP Western Sydney RAC, previously member Epping Civic Trust
Parramatta business owner, Western Sydney University Graduate, Fellow of the School of Social Entrepreneur Youth Launch-pad Western Sydney, co-founder of Catalysr (start-up)
Dr Shahadat Chowdhury
The committee generally meets monthly.
Former Councillor Representation Committee
The Former Councillor Representation Committee (FCRC) is a committee of former councillors established by Council’s Administrator, Amanda Chadwick, to maintain continuity of knowledge and assist with the Council’s extensive civic program during the period of administration until the council elections in September 2017.
The FCRC is an advisory committee, not a decision making body of the council. It generally meets every two months.
The committee currently includes the following members:
Lorraine Wearne (Chair)
Scott Lloyd (Deputy Chair)
Jean Pierre Abood
Dr Shahadat Chowdhury
On 4 August 2016 the Administrator, Amanda Chadwick, accepted former councillor John Chedid’s offer to stand aside from his position on the FCRC until further notice.