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Governance of the Council

Advisory Committees

Council has a range of advisory committees to advise City of Parramatta on the views, needs and interests of particular communities in the Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA).

Committee Members

Committee members drawn from the community have experience or expertise in the areas defined by their Committee of interest and commit themselves to Advisory Committee responsibilities.

Terms of Reference

All Committees are subject to Terms of Reference, or Charter specific to each Advisory Committee. The individual Committee Terms of Reference have been reviewed by the new Council (elected in 2021) and are available below.

Compliance with Council policies

Successful applicants will be required to comply with all Council’s policies, which may be updated from time to time, relevant to them in their capacity as a member of a wholly advisory committee.

How to become a Member

Where positions are available, people who wish to be a part of an Advisory Committee should read the relevant Terms of Reference or Charter before completing and submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. 

Expressions of interest in Membership are now open for:

 

Click Committee Names below for more information
  • Now Seeking Expressions of Interest for new Members, with submissions due 30 June 2022. Apply online now or download form.

     

    Purpose

    The Access Advisory Committee’s purpose is to advise City of Parramatta on the access needs of people with physical disabilities and other people experiencing barriers to access in relation to Council policies, programs and services.

    Meetings

    The Committee meetings are held bi-monthly.

    Membership

    Membership is open to people who live, work of study in the Parramatta LGA, and have personal experience or expert knowledge of access and barriers related to access.

    Committee Term

    The term of the Committee aligns with the term of elected Councillors to Council. The Committee is dissolved at the end of a Council term, to be reformed following the election of Councillors at the next NSW Local Government elections.

    More information

    Tanya Owen
    Phone: (02) 9806 5599
    Email: towen@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the Access Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference
  • Now Seeking Expressions of Interest for new Members, with submissions due 30 June 2022. Apply online now or download form.

     

    Purpose

    The Active Transport Advisory Committee provides advice to Council on both strategies, policies and projects relating to pedestrians and cyclists anywhere in the Parramatta LGA)

    Meetings

    The Committee meetings are held bi-monthly.

    Membership

    Membership is open to engaged and interested people that either live, work or study in the City of Parramatta, and are a member of a walking or cycling club, Peak Body, or User Group within the LGA.

    Committee Term

    The term of the Committee aligns with the term of elected Councillors to Council. The Committee is dissolved at the end of a Council term, to be reformed following the election of Councillors at the next NSW Local Government elections.

    More information

    Michael Kolos
    Phone: (02) 9806 5383
    Email: mkolos@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the Active Transport Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference
  • Purpose 

    The Judging Panel is responsible for the review, assessment and selection of award recipients.

    Meetings

    Meetings will be held in person at Council’s Administration Office in December. Alternative arrangements will be made if deemed more appropriate. In the event a resolution for each category is not achieved in the first meeting, subsequent meetings will be scheduled until the Judging Panel determine an agreeable result across all categories.

    Membership

    The Judging Panel must be an odd number and not exceed a total of five (5) members. The Panel shall consist of:

    • The Lord Mayor (or their Councillor appointed delegate)
    • The Deputy Lord Mayor (or their Councillor appointed delegate)
    • The current Parramatta Adult Citizen of the Year
    • Two (2) citizen representatives

    Appointment 

    Two citizen representatives of the Judging Panel will be selected through a public and transparent Expression of Interest process.

    More Information

    For further information about the Citizen of the Year Awards and Judging Panel please visit cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/citizen-of-the-year-awards or view Council’s Citizen of the Year Policy.

    To contact the Citizen of the Year Awards team email citizenoftheyear@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9806 5000.

    Read the Citizen of the Year Awards Committee's Terms of Reference
  • Now Seeking Expressions of Interest for new Members, with submissions due 30 June 2022. Apply online now.

     

    Purpose

    The Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) provides advice, input and feedback on environmental and sustainability issues in relation to Council policies, programs and services across the Parramatta local government area. 
    It is a key part of the governance framework supporting delivery of the Environmental Sustainability Strategy. 

    Meetings

    The Committee meets bi-monthly and reports to Council. Meetings will be held in Council offices, council facilities or on-site at environmental locations as required.

    Membership 

    Membership is open to a maximum of ten (10) independent members meeting the following criteria: 

    • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and capacity to strategically and collaboratively contribute to the Committee. (This may include career experience, paid or voluntary work with community groups, not-for-profits, or other advisory committees).
    • Live, work, study or have a strong commitment to sustainability and/ or the natural environment of City of Parramatta local government area.
    • Have a specific interest in furthering the objectives of the Community Strategic Plan, Environmental Sustainability Strategy and any key plans or actions that support environmental sustainability and our natural environment.
    • Availability to attend the bi-monthly meetings. 

    Committee Term

    The term of the Committee aligns with the term of the elected Council, and the Committee is dissolved at the end of the Council term. A new Committee may be reformed by the following Council once they are elected. 

    More Information 

    City Strategy – Environment Social Team
    Email: environmentallysustainable@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au 
     

    Read the Environment Advisory Committee Terms of Reference
  • Now Seeking Expressions of Interest for new Members, with submissions due 30 June 2022. Apply online now.

     

    Purpose

    The First Nations Advisory Committee advises Council on strategic matters and on projects of Council and other stakeholders. The Committee also raises issues important to local First Nations communities including the local Traditional Owners. 

    Meetings

    The Committee meetings are held bi-monthly.

    Membership

    Membership is open to First Nations residents of Parramatta, Dharug Traditional Owners and those First Nations peoples who have other connections to Parramatta such as a historical connection or you work, live or play in the Parramatta LGA.

    Committee Term

    The term of the Committee aligns with the term of elected Councillors to Council. The Committee is dissolved at the end of a Council term, to be reformed following the election of Councillors at the next NSW Local Government elections.  

    More information

    Steven Ross
    Phone: (02) 9806 5465
    Email: sross@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the First Nations Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference
  • Now Seeking Expressions of Interest for New Members with submissions due 30 June 2022. Apply online now.

     

    Purpose

    The Floodplain Risk Management Committee provides advice to Council on strategic matters relating to flooding anywhere in the Parramatta Local Government Area (LGA).

    It is a key part of the State Government’s process to manage the risks of flooding.

    Meetings

    The Committee meetings are held several times a year.

    Membership

    Membership is open to engaged and interested residents within the LGA, as well as representatives of local business, and state government agencies.

    Committee Term

    The term of the Committee aligns with that of the elected Councillors of the Council, and the Committee is dissolved at the end of a Council term, and reformed once the Councillors are elected.

    More information

    Christopher Gooch
    Phone: (02) 9806 5948
    Email: cgooch@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the Floodplain Risk Management Committee's Terms of Reference
  • Now Seeking Expressions of Interest for new Members, with submissions due 30 June 2022. Apply online now.

     

    Purpose

    The Heritage Advisory Committee advises Council on a range of heritage-related matters which are of relevance to the community and the Parramatta LGA including strategic issues, development proposals and heritage grants.

    Meetings

    The Committee meetings are held bi-monthly on weekday evenings, between approximately 5 pm and 7 pm. 

    Membership

    Membership is open to people who live, work, study in the Parramatta LGA, and or are a member of a heritage organisation, have the capacity to contribute to the Committee and have a proven commitment and understanding of Parramatta heritage issues.

    Committee Term

    The term of the Committee aligns with that of the elected Councillors of Council and the Committee is dissolved at the end of the Council term and reformed once the Councillors are elected.

    More information

    Paul Kennedy
    Phone: (02) 9806 5093
    Email: pkennedy@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the Heritage Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference
  • Purpose

    City of Parramatta established the Major Projects Advisory Committee (MPAC) to assist with risk management and decision making in connection with Council’s significant property development activities involving Council owned or controlled land. The primary objective of the Committee is to provide independent assurance in relation to risk identification and mitigation, advice on all aspects of Council’s significant property development activities and assist Council in its decision making (as a property owner and not a statutory authority).

    Meetings

    Meetings are held quarterly.

    Membership

    The current three members of the Committee come from diverse backgrounds and skills, and over 80 years of collective expertise in property development, quantity surveying and legal services related to significant property developments.

    Committee Term

    The term of the Committee aligns with the term of elected Councillors to Council. The Committee is dissolved at the end of a Council term, to be reformed following the election of Councillors at the next NSW Local Government elections.

    More information

    Pariss Armstrong
    Phone: (02) 9806 5473
    Email: parmstrong@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the Major Projects Advisory Committee's Charter
  • Now Seeking Expressions of Interest for new Members, with submissions due 30 June 2022. Apply online now.

     

    Purpose

    1. To provide advice, input, advocacy, and feedback to Council on the design and construction of the Parramatta Light Rail Project Stage 2 and supporting infrastructure within the Parramatta Local Government Area.
    2. To represent the views, interests and/or identified issues that affect the communities within the Parramatta local government area within the scope of Council’s authority.

    Meetings

    Meetings will be held quarterly.

    Membership

    Membership of the PLR Stage 2 Advisory Committee is voluntary, and Council encourages participation from across the wider community.

    Committee Term

    The term of membership generally coincides with the term of the Council, and Membership is limited to no more than two consecutive terms, at the discretion of Council.

    More information

    The Committee Convenor is Anthony Newland, Group Manager Infrastructure Planning & Design

    Phone: (02) 9806 8487

    Email: ANewland@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the Parramatta Light Rail Stage 2 Advisory Committee Terms of Reference
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is legislated as the organisation responsible for the control of traffic on all roads in New South Wales under the Road Transport (Safety & Traffic Management) Act 1999.

    Council delegation

    In order to deal with the large number and range of traffic-related matters effectively, the RMS has delegated certain aspects of the control of traffic on local roads to councils.

    RMS has retained both the control of traffic on the state's classified road network and the control of traffic signals on all roads.

    The RMS delegation to councils limits the types of prescribed traffic control devices and traffic control facilities that council can authorise and imposes certain conditions on councils.

    One of these conditions requires councils to obtain the advice of RMS and the Police prior to proceeding with any proposal. This is most commonly achieved by councils establishing a Local Traffic Committee.

    Committee

    The Committee is composed of four formal members each with one vote. These four members are a representative from:

    • Council
    • Police
    • RMS
    • Local State Member of Parliament or their nominee.

    The Parramatta Traffic Committee is an advisory body only, having no decision making powers.

    It is, primarily, a technical review committee that is required to advise the Council on traffic-related matters referred to it by Council.

    In general, Council makes the decision, however, the Police and RMS can appeal Council’s decision to the Regional Traffic Committee.

    More information

    Richard Searle
    Phone: (02) 9806 5642
    Email: rsearle@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Visit RMS Traffic Committees for full details
  • The Traffic Engineering Advisory Group (TEAG) is similar to the Parramatta Traffic Committee, except that it only involves matters that do not invoke the Road and Maritime Services (RMS) delegation to councils.

    What it does

    The TEAG does not have the formal voting process like the Parramatta Traffic Committee. It is a technical review committee that advises Council on traffic related matters.

    TEAG also considers items where RMS maintains its control, such as speed limits, clearways and traffic signals or items for which RMS does not have control such as planning of future projects.

    More information

    Richard Searle
    Phone: (02) 9806 5642
    Email: rsearle@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Visit RMS Traffic Committees for full details
  • Now Seeking Expressions of Interest for new Members, with submissions due 30 June 2022. Apply online now or Download form.

     

    Purpose

    The Riverside Theatres Advisory Committee advocates for Riverside and its critical role as a major arts and culture attraction for Sydney’s Central City. The primary purpose of the Committee is to:

    • advise Council on the strategic direction of the Riverside Theatres’ performance program and venues with reference to Council cultural plans and other relevant plans
    • advise Council on Riverside Theatres’ strategic role in delivering Council’s vision for Sydney’s Central City as a culturally rich, successful, prosperous and destination Parramatta
    • advocate for Riverside Theatres as Western Sydney’s premier performing arts centre.

    Meetings

    The Committee meets every two months with a minimum of six meetings each year.

    Membership

    The Riverside Theatres Advisory Committee is a voluntary Committee of interested arts and entertainment industry experts, community members, Council staff and Councillors.

    Committee Term

    The term of the Committee aligns with the term of elected Councillors to Council. The Committee is dissolved at the end of a Council term, to be reformed following the election of Councillors at the next NSW Local Government elections.

    More information

    Craig McMaster
    Phone: (02) 8839 3350
    Email: cmcmaster_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

     

    Apply online now  or  Download form

     

    Read the Riverside Theatres Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference
  • Now Seeking Expressions of Interest for new Members, with submissions due 13 June 2022. Apply online now.

     

    Purpose

    The Smart City Advisory Committee (‘SCAC’) provides a trusted sounding board and independent advice to Council, to guide innovation and to ensure the development of the City of Parramatta as a Smart City and an innovative Council.
    It is a key part of the governance framework supporting delivery of the Smart City Strategy. 

    Meetings

    The Committee meets 4 times a year and reports to Council. 

    Membership 

    Membership is open to a maximum of five (5) independent members meeting the following criteria: 

    • Demonstrate skills and capacity to contribute to the Committee; and
    • Live, work, study or have a strong commitment to the City of Parramatta LGA; and 
    • Have a specific interest in furthering the objectives of Council’s Smart City Strategy, as detailed in Council’s Smart City Masterplan and relevant experience.

    Committee Term

    The term of the Committee aligns with the term of the elected Council, and the Committee is dissolved at the end of the Council term. A new Committee may be reformed by the following Council once they are elected. 

    More Information 

    City Strategy – Innovation Team
    Email: futurecity@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the Smart City Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference