Local trust gone

THE  decisions made for Copeton Waters State Park are out of the hands of the Copeton Waters Park Trust and controlled by the newborn NSW Holiday Parks Trust.
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From yesterday, Copeton is one of 34 public holiday and recreational parks across the state to be regulated by the new trust.

All existing State Park Trusts will be dissolved. The news originates from the office of NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, Minister for Trade and Investment, of which Crown Lands are a part.

Though they knew the change was imminent, it leaves Larry Cameron, the outgoing chairman of Copeton Waters Park Trust with a sour taste in his mouth.

“The trust was formed some 45 years ago and many local citizens have devoted thousands of hours of their time and management skills to make the park what it is today.

“It is on their behalf I register my disgust and anger.”

Trust vice-chairman Les Moulds said he was “very disappointed that the local involvement has been taken out of Copeton”.

He said both he and Larry Cameron had put their names forward for the Holiday Parks Trust Board but their applications had been rejected.

Mr Cameron said nobody from any trust from all 34 parks even got an interview.

The new trust board will be chaired by Alan Revell, an experienced company director, property industry executive and principal of the Barton Property Group.

Other members are Bunnings’ major projects director Matthew Toohey, who has 20 years’ experience in the commercial property sector and Margaret Haseltine, professional board director and Mars Foods’ former senior executive.

The executive general manager of Crown Lands and the chief executive officer of Destination NSW also join the board as ex-officio appointees.

Word from Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner’s office is one of reassurance and consideration.

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