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Advisory committees

The Harbour Trust works with two Community Advisory Committees as well as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.

The volunteer members of our two Community Advisory Committees (CACs) meet with us as required to share advice and recommendations on the use of our lands. We are also collaborating with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group on the implementation of our Reconciliation Action Plan (see: Publications), adopted in 2018.

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  • The Harbour Trust has two Community Advisory Committees (CAC), established in accordance with Part 8 (Section 57) of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act 2001. Our general CAC and Sub Base Platypus CAC meet as required to discuss and workshop concepts, plans and projects and provide advice or recommendations to the Harbour Trust on matters relevant to the agency's sites. 

    Members for each committee play a vital role in creating and maintaining extraordinary places on the world's best harbour. They offer a wealth of knowledge about the Harbour Trust's sites and ensure ideas being proposed by the agency are not only viable but also meet the community’s needs. In turn, the Harbour Trust keeps the committees informed about current issues and proposals.

    General CAC Sub Base Platypus CAC
    • Robert Crawford
    • Sarah Dinning
    • Kate Eccles
    • Paul Forward
    • Colleen Godsell
    • Julie Goodsir
    • Geoffrey Lambert
    • Beth Lawsen
    • Jill L’Estrange
    • Peta Lewis
    • Prof. Roy Macleod
    • Susan Moylan-Coombs
    • Matthew Rafferty
    • Adele Rancan
    • Bob Smith

    Ex-Officio Members

    • The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Member for Warringah
    • Cdr Mathew Bradley
    • Cr Mark Bennett, Mayor of Hunter’s Hill
    • Cr Peter Cavanagh, Mayor of Woollahra
    • Cr Carolyn Corrigan, Mayor of Mosman
    • Cr Jilly Gibson, Mayor of North Sydney
    • Michael Regan, Mayor of Northern Beaches
    • Trent Zimmerman MP, Member for North Sydney
    • Phil Burford
    • Tammy Dodd
    • Paul Forward
    • Neil Schafer
    • Captain Chris Skinner
    • Christopher Stapleton
    • Ken Williams

    Ex-Officio Members

    • Cr Jilly Gibson, Mayor of North Sydney
    • Trent Zimmerman MP, Member for North Sydney

    Further Information

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  • The Harbour Trust’s vision for reconciliation is for all Australians to recognise and celebrate the cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as their continuing connections to the extraordinary foreshore sites under our stewardship.

    In support of this vision, the Harbour Trust adopted an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) [LINK TO PUBLICATIONS PAGE], outlining the key initiatives we plan to undertake over a two-year period commencing June 2018.
    The implementation of our RAP is being overseen, monitored and championed by an internal RAP Working Group in close collaboration with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group.

    Advisory Group members


    Josephine Cashman: Josephine Cashman is a Warrimay entrepreneur from New South Wales. She is a lawyer, businesswoman, orator and media commentator. Josephine was an inaugural member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council and served as the Chair of its Safe Communities Committee until 2017. She sits on the Board of the Reconciliation Working Group, Google Australia and on the Biennale of Sydney. In recognition of her notable expertise, Josephine was selected as a friend of the Commonwealth Treasury. In 2018 she was an honoured recipient of the UTS Faculty of Law Alumni Award for Excellence.

    Josephine was an invited speaker at a special session addressing violence against Indigenous women and girls before the United Nations Human Rights Council and in 2018 she addressed the first APEC public-private dialogue on Structural Reform and Gender in Wellington, New Zealand. Josephine is the founder of the Big River group. She is Executive Chair of the Big River Impact Foundation, Managing Director of Big River Consulting and Big River Impact Investments.

    Professor Dennis Foley: Dennis identifies as Koori. His matrilineal connection is Gai-mariagal of northern Sydney, and his patrilineal connection is to the Wiradjuri people of the Turon River region. Currently, Dennis is stationed at the University of Canberra, where he teaches Entrepreneurship and is a specialist researcher into Aboriginal Entrepreneurship, nationally and internationally. Founding Director, NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. Interest in Indigenous education issues and native title and their impact on economic development and well-being.

    Uncle Roy Mundine OAM: The Army’s first Indigenous Elder and awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia 1987. Roy is a member of the Bandjalung people. Before his retirement as WO1 in 1995, Uncle Roy served in Malaya in 1959 with 1RAR and had two tours in South Vietnam with 5RAR in 1966 and 1969.

    Djon Mundine OAM: A member of the Bandjalung people of northern New South Wales, and a curator, writer, artist and activist. He has held prominent curatorial positions in many national and international institutions, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Queensland Art Gallery

    Peter White: Currently working at Create NSW as Senior Manager, Aboriginal Strategy and Engagement. Peter White is a Gamilaroi Murri man from north-west NSW who has held a number of senior positions in major cultural institutions and government arts agencies. Peter is currently a freelance adviser on First Peoples’ cultural and creative development.

    Susan Moylan-Coombs: Susan is a proud Gurindji Woolwonga woman, the founding director of the Gaimaragal Group, and a founding Board member of PTSD Australia New Zealand. She is also the founder and current Co-Chair of Gai-mariagal (formerly Guringai) Festival Committee, the Caber-ra Nanga project collaborator with Relationship Australia NSW, and Culture Keeper for Northern Cemeteries. Susan has extensive experience working with First Australian communities nationally, with specific expertise in community consultation, empowerment and the facilitation of voice and storytelling. Susan previously held the positions of Executive Producer ABC’s Indigenous Programs Unit and Head of Production at NITV – a division of SBS.

    Helpful Links

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group Meeting Notes (See: Publications)