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Dominic Perrottet MP
Minister for Finance, Services and Property

NSW Government Appoints New Chair to Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

The NSW Government has today appointed the Hon Helen Coonan to Chair of the Board of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA).  The Board, supported by an interagency committee, has been charged with developing a new vision for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore.

NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, The Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, said the move re-affirmed the commitment to taking a whole-of-government approach to managing the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

“Ms Coonan's substantial experience in public life and her connection to Sydney in particular, makes her well suited to take on this important role”, he said. “Her skills and expertise will be invaluable in helping deliver a Vision and Strategic Plan for the harbour foreshore which will guide the future of this iconic Sydney asset.”

“As an additional appointment, Brett Newman, CEO of Government Property NSW, will take up a position on the SHFA Board; to assist and strengthen the Board in its oversight of core SHFA responsibilities relating to property.”

In August 2014, the Hon Pru Goward MP announced the development by the SHFA Board of a new vision for foreshore and the establishment of a committee to bring together all agencies which have an interest. The committee has responsibility for the development of the vision, including the The Rocks and Circular Quay, and reviewing the functions of SHFA to identify potential for reducing duplication of service delivery. 

Mr Perrottet also acknowledged the significant contribution of former senior public servant, Les Wielinga, whose term as Chair of the Board expired on 30 June.  Mr Wielenga indicated that he did not wish to continue in the role.

“The substantial contribution undertaken by Mr Wielinga has been of great value and will be considered in the ongoing work of the Board. We thank him for his efforts”.

The committee will report to the SHFA Board, which will make recommendations to Government. Feedback provided by stakeholders to Mr Wielenga to date will be considered by the Board in finalising the Report. In April 2015, SHFA was transferred from the Minister for Planning to the Minister for Finance, Services and Property.