Western Sydney Parklands

The Board

Diane Azzopardi
B.Comm(Acc), CA, CTA, JP


Diane is a Chartered Accountant who has been working in the profession since 1992. She has owned her own practice, Direct Accounting, in Penrith since 2001. She is an accountant who understands business and can tailor a service specific to customer requirements. She will work with her clients to get the best out of their business. Diane has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Western Sydney. She holds memberships with the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAA), the Taxation Institute of Australia (TIA) and the National Tax and Accountants’ Association (NTAA). She is a Registered Tax Agent and a Justice of the Peace. Diane is a Director on the Board of the Penrith Business Advisory Centre, a Board Member of the Nepean Medical Research Foundation and a Director of Penrith RSL Club. In 2005 Diane was a Finalist in the Sydney Business Review Business Woman of the Year Awards. Diane is committed to caring for the environment and wants to ensure that Western Sydney has a sustainable and healthy future.

Suellen Fitzgerald - Exec. Director
BSc(Bot), MLandArch. FAILA


Suellen Fitzgerald is the Executive Director of the Parklands Trust and is responsible for implementing the Board's strategic directions for the Parklands.

Suellen has a background as a consulting landscape architect to public and private industry across Australia and, more recently, held the positions of Manager, Sydney Open Space Strategy and Director, Office of Strategic Lands with the NSW Department of Planning. She is a Fellow and past NSW President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

Suellen is committed to achieving the Government's goal to create strong communities and healthy landscapes in Sydney and a sustainable future for the Parklands in the hearts and minds of western Sydney residents.

Julie Bindon


Julie Bindon is the founding Director and former Chair of JBA, the largest urban planning and development advisory firm in NSW with a staff of over 70 people.

A graduate in Town Planning, with post graduate qualifications in Land Economy, Julie is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), a Certified Practicing Planner, an honorary Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie is currently a part time Director at JBA, a member of the University of NSW’s Built Environment Advisory Council (BEAC), UrbanGrowth’s Design Directorate expert panel and the Urban Development Industry Association’s Judging Panel for the Awards of Excellence.

Previous positions held include President of the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW), Member of the Heritage Council of NSW, Chair of the Planning Committee of the Property Council of Australia (NSW) and Member of the NSW Premier’s Urban Design Advisory Committee. 

 julie bindon

Marcus Ray


Marcus has 21 years' experience in planning and natural resources in the State Government. 

Marcus has been at the senior executive level in Government for 13 years focusing on service delivery, and planning policy and reform.

He was a lawyer in private practice for seven years before starting with government.

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Deon van Rensburg



Deon has 24 year’s experience in protected area planning and management both in South Africa and in New South Wales. As director of the Greater Sydney Branch of the National Parks and Wildlife Service he leads the coordination and delivery of the operational management of national parks across Sydney. This includes the development and implementation of strategic plans and operational programs consistent with agency goals and government objectives, with a focus on service performance delivery and effectiveness. 

Deon van Rensberg

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