Robyn Parker abandons western Sydney - Parramatta Park left without CEO and board

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The world heritage listed Parramatta Park has been completely mismanaged by Environment Minister Robyn Parker and left without a CEO and governing Trust - in a bid to run it down to nothing and have it swallowed up by a larger organisation.

Parramatta Park has been left without a CEO and operative Trust on Ms Parker's watch – with only one of seven trustee positions currently filled because the Minister has not made a single appointment to the Trust in 19 months.

In a budget estimates hearing today, the Minister refused to answer a series of questions from the NSW Labor Opposition on whether she planned to subsume the Parramatta Park Trust into a larger organisation.

"We have a world heritage site in the heart of western Sydney that has been left without a CEO and government appointed board because of the complete and utter neglect of Environment Minister Robyn Parker," Shadow Environment Minister, Luke Foley said today.

"The Environment Minister is deliberately running down the Parramatta Park Trust in a bid to have it swallowed up by a larger organisation.

"Last week, the terms of three trustees of the Parramatta Park Trust expired, leaving the Trust inoperative with just one of its seven members.

"The Environment Minister also allowed the CEO position of the Parramatta Park Trust to fall vacant, after giving the former CEO just 48 hours notice he would no longer be needed after ten years service.

"Parramatta Park is home to UNESCO world heritage listed sites, remnant and regenerated Cumberland Plain vegetation and a significant waterway.

"Some 1.7 million people visit Parramatta Park each year to see the beautiful historic sites and surrounding environment the Trust is responsible for managing and controlling.

"The Environment Minister, despite being responsible for the Trust under the

Parramatta Park Trust Act 2001, was unable to answer repeated questions on the future of the Parramatta Park Trust in budget estimates today.

"If Ms Parker didn’t have a plan to have the Parramatta Park Trust swallowed up by some other organisation, why has she allowed it to be run down and left without a CEO or operative Trust?"