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What is a reserve trust?

A reserve trust is a legal body that cares for a Crown reserve on behalf of the people of NSW.

NSW has more than 30,000 Crown reserves, of which more than 700 are managed by community volunteers and councils through reserve trusts.

Crown reserves can be used for a multitude of purposes, including public recreation, showgrounds, environmental protection, public halls, racecourses and the preservation of scenery.

Reserve trusts enable the NSW Government, local councils and members of the community to manage and care for these significant parts of the state for everyone's benefit.

Crown Lands provides reserve trusts with operational support and financial assistance. By working together Crown Lands and the community can:

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

For more information

The Trust Handbook provides guidance to trust board members in performing their duties as members of a Crown reserve trust.


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