Our committee charter

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Information about the committee's formation and the scope of its powers.

GORCC is a Crown Land Committee of Management established under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, which is administered by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

The Act provides the committee with broad powers to manage land reserved for public purposes on behalf of the Crown. Committee members are appointed under the Act for a term of three years by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, and are selected through a public, skills-based Expression of Interest process.

Committee members act in a voluntary capacity and meet regularly to oversee and contribute to the organisation's work.

The committee's powers are set out in Section 15 of the Act, and are summarised in the Committee of Management Responsibilities and Good Practice Guidelines 2003 as follows:

  • manage, improve, maintain and control the land for the purposes for which it is reserved
  • report on its finances and other issues as directed by the Department of Sustainability and Environment
  • maintain records and administer its affairs as a public body
  • exercise all such powers, functions and authorities and carry out all such duties as are conferred or imposed on it by any regulations, and
  • carry out works and improvements on the land.

Under the Act, the committee also has the authority to:

  • undertake financial transactions, including borrowing money (with Treasurer's consent) and entering contracts
  • enter tenure arrangements such as leasing and licensing for part or all of the reserve, subject to Minister's approval
  • effect and enforce any regulations, and
  • employ staff to manage the land.

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