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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.

Core terms of reference

Each Committee is subject to the Core Terms of Reference for all Advisory Committees, as well as a Terms of Reference specific to each Advisory Committee. The Core and individual Committee Terms of Reference will be reviewed by the new Council following the 2021 Local Government elections, and will be available on this page once approved.

How to become a member

Interested community members who wish to be a part of an Advisory Committee should read the Core Terms of Reference and Council’s Code of Conduct before completing and submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. These will be made available following the 2021 Local Government elections and approval by the newly elected Council.

 

Committees
  • Purpose

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Advisory Committee was established in 1995 and advises Council on the issues, needs and priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    The Committee collaborates with Council staff to develop strategies and actions to address these needs, issues and priorities.

    Membership

    Membership is voluntary and open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living and/or connected to Parramatta and to non-Indigenous individuals or representatives of local community organisations with a demonstrated commitment, sensitivity to, and understanding of issues relating to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    The form for an Expression of Interest in Membership along with the revised Terms of Reference for this Committee will be made available on this page following the 2021 Local Government elections and approval of the newly elected Council. 

    More information

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

    Read the ATSI Committee Terms of Reference
  • Purpose

    The Access Advisory Committee’s purpose is to advise City of Parramatta on the access needs of people with physical disabilities and access issues associated with intellectual, sensory, aural, visual and psychological challenges in relation to Council policies, programs and services.

    Membership

    Membership of the Advisory Committee is voluntary and it is important that a broad range of people with experience of access-related issues are represented.

    The form for an Expression of Interest in Membership along with the revised Terms of Reference for this Committee will be made available on this page following the 2021 Local Government elections and approval of the newly elected Council.

    More information

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

    Read the Access Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference
  • City of Parramatta Council established the Audit Risk and Improvement Committee (ARIC) in accordance with the requirements under Section 428A of the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Act 2016.

    Charter

    The ARIC is an independent advisory committee that operates under its own designated Charter. Read the Charter.

    Objective

    The primary objective of the committee is to promote good corporate governance by providing independent objective assurance and assistance to the Council on:

    • compliance
    • risk management
    • fraud control
    • financial management
    • governance
    • implementation of the strategic plan, delivery program and strategies
    • service reviews
    • collection of performance measurement data by the council
    • any other matters prescribed by regulations.

    Membership

    The current Committee consists of two Councillors and three independent external members, and the Chairperson is an independent external member.

    The Committee meets five times a year with four ordinary meetings and one special meeting to consider Council’s Annual Financial Reports.

    More information

    Steve Unkovic
    Phone: (02) 9806 5236
    Email: sunkovic@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the Audit Risk & Improvement Committee's Annual Report 2018
  • Purpose

    The Cycleways Advisory Committee provides advice to Council on strategic matters relating to cycling, as well as providing a forum for the community to give feedback or raise issues on cycling matters.

    This includes best practice cycleway planning and design, as well as education and behaviour change strategies.

    Membership

    The Committee membership is open to engaged and interested residents within the LGA, as well as members of cycle clubs or bike user groups active in the area.

    The form for an Expression of Interest in Membership along with the revised Terms of Reference for this Committee will be made available on this page following the 2021 Local Government elections and approval of the newly elected Council.

    More information

    Mark Crispin
    Phone: (02) 9806 5632
    Email: mcrispin@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

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

    The Heritage Advisory Committee:

    • advises Council on various heritage matters of interest to the community
    • assists Council in the development of policies and strategies for the management of Parramatta's heritage
    • assists Council in the allocation of grants under the Local Heritage Fund.

    Meetings

    Meetings of the Committee are held every two months.

    The form for an Expression of Interest in Membership along with the revised Terms of Reference for this Committee will be made available on this page following the 2021 Local Government elections and approval of the newly elected Council.

    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.

    Charter

    Unlike other City of Parramatta Council Advisory Committees who are subject to a Core Terms of Reference, MPAC is an independent advisory committee that operates under its own designated Charter.

    Objective

    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).

    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.

    Their experience includes advising on a diverse range of significant property development projects, such as:

    • Mixed-use, residential, commercial, industrial and retail developments.
    • Key infrastructure projects including ports, bridges, roads and airport facilities as well as urban regeneration.
    • Civil infrastructure, urban-regeneration, health, retail, commercial warehousing, business parks, prestige offices and residential developments.
    • The acquisition, disposal and delivery of residential development projects through complex joint venture structures and project delivery agreements.
    • Developing and implementing strategies to maximise returns from property portfolios and developments.

    More information

    Sahar Shahin
    Phone: (02) 9806 8585
    Email: SShahin@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the Major Projects Advisory Committee's Charter
  • Now Seeking Expressions of Interest for New Members. Submit your application.

    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.

    Terms of Reference

    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
  • 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
  • The Riverside Theatres Advisory Board is a voluntary Committee of interested community members, Council staff and Councillors.

    Role

    The Advisory Board advocates for Riverside and its critical role as a major arts and culture attraction for the Sydney’s Central City.

    Purpose

    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 destinational Parramatta
    • advocate for Riverside Theatres as Western Sydney’s premier performing arts centre.

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

    The term of the Committee aligns with the term of Council.

    More information

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

    Read the Riverside Advisory Board Terms of Reference
  • The Smart City Advisory Committee is a voluntary Committee to provide a sounding board and independent advice to Council on the foundational principles and guiding frameworks to ensure the long term development of Parramatta as a Smart City.

    The term of the Committee aligns with the term of Council.

    More information

    Matt Austin
    Phone: (02) 9806 5353
    Email: maustin@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

    Read the Smart City Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference