Reserve trusts

What is a reserve trust?

We are fortunate in New South Wales to have more than 34,000 Crown reserves covering an area of around 1.3 million hectares. Crown reserves are diverse and make a positive contribution to the social, economic, environmental and cultural features of the State. They are our showgrounds, racecourses, surf lifesaving clubs, parks, sporting venues, foreshores, caravan parks, recreational trails and halls.

The management of Crown reserves is based on a partnership between government and the community. A reserve trust is a legal body that allows local councils, professional boards, not for profit organisations and individual community-minded volunteer boards to be responsible for the care, control and management of Crown reserves on behalf of the people of NSW.

Working with the community, we can:

  • recognise and conserve the special values of Crown reserves,
  • ensure that all persons have the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy these values,
  • manage the reserves to meet community needs, and
    protect reserves for future generations