Local Government – Crown Land Management

Local Government – Holroyd City Council – Crown Land Management.

The author has lived in Holroyd Local Government area for a period of 42 years. In that time I have written about a concern twice. Both issues were addressed. The issue that arose this week is of great concern due to the fact that it involves Crown Land (Public Land) that has been put aside for future use of the community.

This Historic House was built by the McCredie Family in 1891, a well known pioneering family. It was also an institution for people in care of the NSW Government, so it is also a site of significance for the girls and boys who grew up there, it was their home.

The Trust Manager is liable under the Trust Handbook section.

  1. 4 What is the role of a reserve trust manager?

The reserve trust manager (whether a trust board, corporate manager or administrator) manages the affairs of the reserve trust to which it has been appointed. Such management is to be for the benefit of the people of NSW and consistent with the purpose of the reserve, the requirements of the Crown Lands Act 1989, the Crown Lands Regulation 2006, and where applicable the Crown Lands (General Reserves) By-law 2006.

The problem occurring this week that the money put aside to maintain the property, Linnwood House at 25 Byron Road, Guildford, has been eroded by the decision by Holroyd Council to use over $200,000 to close and demolish three toilet blocks in the Holroyd Local Government, and built another toilet block in the Toongabbie part of the Council. CLOL believes that this decision is contrary to the duty of the Trust Management but also it does not abide by the “Charter” of Holroyd Council.

Which states as follows.

  • To properly manage, develop, protect, restore, enhance and conserve the environment of the area for which it is responsible.
  • To have regard to the long term and cumulative effects of the decision made.
  • To bear in mind that it is the custodian and trustee of public assets, and to effectively account for and manage these assets.
  • To bear in mind that it is the custodian and trustee of public assets, and to effectively account for and manage these assets.
  • To have regard to the long term and cumulative effects of the decision made.

Many such practices all over the state of NSW has seen a worrying trend to disregard or not act transparently with the process of management of Crown Land (Public Land) it appears that in some cases through mismanagement some of the councils have already been referred to the ICAC by members of the Community and the Premier of NSW Bruce Baird.

While Councils are elected for a four year term, we feel that before decisions are approved, that there be a thorough investigation into the property and management duty of care to ascertain the necessary action that must be applied, before removing funds put aside for the maintenance of a property that has been placed in the Trust of the Council.

June M Bullivant OAM

Crown Land Our Land.

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