Do your part for the community and join a Crown land board!
Members of the public can volunteer to participate in the management of Crown land as an appointed board member of a statutory land manager. There are volunteers involved in approximately 600 community boards offering up their time, skills and enthusiasm for the good of the community.
Becoming involved in the management of Crown land is a rewarding experience. It allows you to get involved with your local community and take care of land and public assets that are important to you, whether it’s a sporting park, community hall, heritage site, showground, racecourse or nature reserve.
Board membership is typically voluntary and individuals can be appointed for a term up to five years. But many board members enjoy it so much they apply to serve more than one term.
A Crown land board acts like a company board of directors. It can be made up of community volunteers, local government councillors or other people appointed by the Minister. Board members are empowered to make decisions regarding the use and management of the reserve land and are responsible for the implementation of those decisions. A Crown land reserve board can make decisions about things like:
As managers of important public facilities Crown land boards are accountable to their community and are required to act in accordance with the Crown Reserve Code of Conduct and report to the Minister annually on their activities.
The department provides support and regular communication with all its managers to assist in undertaking their role.
We’re looking for people from a wide range of backgrounds with a diversity of skills, expertise and interests, who are passionate about public land management and the benefits it provides to the community.
A willingness to work with others as part of a team is a must. Also note that board members need to attend regularly scheduled face-to-face meetings, as agreed by the appointed board.
To make a difference to the future of your local community, apply to become a board member by visiting the Reserve Manager Portal
All recommended board members must complete the member induction program before their appointment is finalised. This requirement also applies to re-appointed members.
If you’re not a board member, but would like to know more about what’s involved in Crown lands management before you apply, the induction program gives more information.
This Crown land manager web resource was printed on 30 May 2023. The information contained in this web resource is based on knowledge and understanding at the time of writing May 2023. However, because of advances in knowledge, users are reminded of the need to ensure that the information upon which they rely is up to date and to check the currency of the information by referring to the website (www.reservemanager.nsw.gov.au).
© State of New South Wales through Department of Planning, Industry & Environment 2023.
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