The Community Consultative Committee (CCC) is made up of people who are regular users of the Parklands and who wish to be actively involved in its preservation, effective utilisation and ongoing improvement.
Nina Murray - Chair of the Committee
Nina is an avid park user and has run, picnicked, dog walked, watched movies, scootered and cycled in and around Centennial and Moore Parks for more than 20 years. She is particularly interested in the visitor experience to the Park and in the promotion of its place in the life of Sydney. In this way she hopes to help ensure that it continues to evolve, delight and thrive by helping to strengthen its voice in the community.
She enjoys playing an active part of the local community, has been involved in many school events and local groups and is also a Red Cross Emergency Volunteer.
Nina is currently a consultant to the Asian Development Bank and previously worked at Macquarie Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She graduated locally from UNSW with a BA in Commerce and is currently completing her MBA. She is married and has two children.
Nina was appointed to the Community Consultative Committee in January 2016.
Helen was appointed to the Community Consultative Committee in December 2015. Helen is an active member of a number of running clubs based in the parklands. With her family, she regularly uses the parkland for a whole spectrum of activities.
She is passionate about the Parklands and it’s accessibility for everyone while balancing the preservation and growth of the park. She is particularly focused on the balance of access for sport, recreation and education with the conservation and environmental value of the park.
With a background in the public sector, Helen has a strong understanding of the operation of government and public administration. She is looking forward to working with the committee in meaningful engagement with community in shaping the future of the Centennial Parklands.
Rosie has spent her life living in suburbs adjacent to the Parklands. From an early age, family gatherings have been held here and as an adult she has used the park for sporting and passive recreational activities as well as a place to find peace and respite from a bustling city. She enjoys coming to the parklands with her family to cycle, walk and to bring their dogs. She also loves the bird life that the parklands support, especially the varied waterbirds that live and breed in the many ponds around the parklands.
Rosie has worked in education for 35 years within primary, secondary and tertiary settings and she sees one great role that the parklands plays is educating and informing people about the importance of maintaining habitats for native species. Local fish, amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal species all live in the parklands, allowing Sydney siders to watch animals in their natural environments. Rosie worked on the Community Consultative Committee for four years from 2010-2013 and rejoins the Committee this year hoping to promote conversation between the Trust and the parks many users.
Sofie has lived in the inner city of Sydney and has been a regular user of the Centennial Parklands for 12 years. Her love of the environment - its biodiversity, hydrology, heritage and associated passive and active recreation activities - guided her into a career in environmental planning. Sofie is currently the Principal Environmental Planner at Advisian, where she leads environmental impact assessments covering a range of infrastructure projects for Federal, State and Local governments, as well as the private sector. She regularly consults with government and local communities in relation to environmental issues.
Sofie currently resides in Surry Hills and visits Centennial Parklands with her husband and young son for recreational pursuits on a weekly basis, watching the various wildlife at the 'ducky pond' or catching up with family and friends over a picnic, festival or movie. She is honoured to be a member of the Community Consultative Committee and looks forward to engaging with local communities over the future of the Parklands. With Sydney's population growing rapidly, particularly in the suburbs surrounding the Parklands, Sofie recognises and understands the importance of promoting and preserving the 'green lungs' of Sydney for current and future generations.
Patrick St John
Patrick has lived in Coogee and Randwick for the last 30 years, and is a Parklands user on a daily basis.
Patrick's use of the Parklands has evolved over the years. From pushing prams, holding family picnics, attending children’s birthday parties, teaching his daughters to ride their bikes, walking, exercising, cycling, cheering from the sidelines of school sport, walking his dogs, enjoying concerts and movies and walking the labyrinth.
Patrick believes we are incredibly lucky to have the Parklands in Sydney and that it is very important to maintain, protect and improve them for future residents.
Patrick's professional background is in legal practice and management of a large professional services business. He brings to the CCC a knowledge of law, politics, infrastructure development, finance, corporate governance, organizational development, consensus building, change management, design thinking and strategy.
Julie was appointed to the Community Consultative Committee in January 2015. She was previously an investment banker with Westpac Banking Corporation where she headed the Bank’s Structured Finance group. Julie is now a non executive director on boards in the commercial and not-for-profits sectors.
Julie has lived in Centennial Park for 18 years and is the mother to two young daughters. Her and her family are active park users having been involved in equestrian, tennis and general recreational pursuits in the Parklands. She is passionate about the preservation of Parklands for future generations and is an active member of community bodies focused on this pursuit.
April was appointed to the Community Consultative Committee in January 2015. She is Communications Director at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Before that, she was an American diplomat and a senior executive at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Since moving to Australia in 2003, April has lived in Woollahra, Paddington and Randwick. Along with her husband and four young children, she spends at least 2-3 days per week in some corner of the park. She is a keen runner and has organised or taken part in hundreds of events and training sessions held in the Centennial Park, Queens Park, and Moore Park.
April is focused on accessibility for sporting events, conservation of existing green space, and preservation of child-focused activities and play areas.
Sarah is an event planner, specialising in the operational management of large sporting events, stakeholder management and transport planning. Sarah's career has taken her to live and work across a number of continents, helping to deliver events such as Olympic Games and World Championships.
Sarah moved to Sydney in 2010 to start a family, and chose Randwick as a base in order to be close to Centennial Park. Sarah and her husband have visited the park every day since, using the park for fitness, leisure and social purposes. Running the inner circle track, cycling through on her commute, taking her young child to scoot around the bike track, meeting friends for coffee at The Shed.
Sarah joined the CCC in January 2016, bringing an informed and opened minded view of the Parklands, as well as a passion for protecting and improving it.
Phillippa and her family are regular users of the Parklands, enjoying the venues, playgrounds and events as well as taking great pleasure from the open spaces and beautiful landscapes.
Phillippa is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney and a former Artist in Residence at the Botanic Gardens where she became passionate about Centennial Parklands as a natural, sustainable and heritage place that supports community diversity, connection and celebration.
Phillippa is also member of the City of Sydney Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Panel and a board member at the Centre for Universal Design Australia. In this role Phillipa is keen to support the Parklands on matters relating to participation and inclusion by providing advice on the most up to date strategies and policy.
Alexander is a dedicated and passionate athlete who has had a strong connection with the Centennial Parklands for many years. Alexander is actively involved with a number of the community groups who regularly use the park and its facilities.
As former triathlete and current avid running Alexander exercises in the park on an almost daily basis, he is well placed to understand the needs of all park users – while maintaining an appreciation for the open spaces and natural landscape. This is supported by his professional career where he has strong communication and stakeholder engagement experience and a demonstrated aptitude for strategic thinking and delivering results.