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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust board appointments announced

Media release
25 May 2011

Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, today announced the appointment of six members to the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Led by the new Chair, Mr John Conde AO - Chair of Events NSW and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra - the newly appointed members are:

  • Ms Anthea Tinney - former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts;
  • Mr Rohan Jeffs - Director of REST Industry Super and former Woolworths executive;
  • The Hon Leo McLeay - former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Parliament of Australia;
  • Eugenia McCaffery - North Sydney Mayor, and President of the Australian Local Government Association, and;
  • Ms Elsie Heiss - NAIDOC female Elder of the Year 2009.

"The new Chair and Board members bring a wealth of private, public and community sector experience to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, and I look forward to working closely with them," said Senator Farrell.

The Trust manages and returns to public use Commonwealth land previously used for Defence purposes in Sydney Harbour such as Cockatoo Island with its rich convict and shipping history - now a public camping and recreation area.

Other sites managed by the Trust include North Head Sanctuary, Headland Park, Chowder Bay, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Macquarie Lightstation, Marine Biological Station, Snapper Island and HMAS Platypus.

Under the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001, the Trust's Board is mandated to include eight members - with one representing the interests of Indigenous people, one being an elected member from an affected council, and two yet to be nominated by the New South Wales Government.

"I am confident that this new Board will guide the future of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust as it continues to protect and promote community and national assets for the people of Sydney and Australia," said Senator Farrell.