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The NSW Government appointed Professor Ryan as the Independent Community Commissioner (the Commissioner) in May 2021 to help address the concerns of smaller landowners in the Western Sydney Aerotropolis.


The Commissioner released the Western Sydney Aerotropolis Report, outlining 40 recommendations, to the Minister of Planning in August 2021.


Read Professor Ryan’s full report (PDF, 376 KB) and overview (PDF, 188 KB).


The Commissioner’s recommendations were detailed and extensive. The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and the Western Parkland City Authority (WPCA), supported those recommendations where immediate action could be initiated. Read the government’s initial response (PDF, 172 KB) to the Commissioner’s recommendations which were released in August 2021.


The Aerotropolis - Responding to the Issues report was released in October 2021 and was the NSW Government’s detailed response to the Independent Community Commissioner’s recommendations.


The report also addressed feedback received during the exhibition of the Aerotropolis Planning Package and through the review and finalisation of the Aerotropolis Precinct Plan.


Read the Aerotropolis Responding to the Issues Report (PDF, 11.9 MB).


The finalised planning package was released by the Minister on 25 March 2022. The package responded to:


The finalised planning package also includes a Aerotropolis Responding to the Issues Part 2 report (PDF, 14.6 MB) which further outlines how the comments from the community and the recommendations of the Independent Community Commissioner have been addressed.


Professor Ryan’s appointment as the Independent Community Commissioner has been extended to oversee the recommendations and to continue to advocate for small landowners.


Community Consultative Committee

A key recommendation by the Community Commissioner was to establish a Western Sydney Aerotropolis Community Consultative Committee (CCC).


The Aerotropolis CCC builds on the work of the existing Community Liaison Group to provide an engagement forum for the community and other key stakeholders in the planning and development of the Aerotropolis.


The CCC is not a decision-making body. It provides an advisory and consultative role for small landowner representatives, local councils, the Western Parkland City Authority, the Commonwealth, and state agencies.


Members – who are largely small landowners from the Western Sydney Aerotropolis – provide advice to state, federal and local government on impacts and ways governments can support and collaborate with the community during the planning and development of the Aerotropolis.


The CCC is chaired by the Independent Community Commissioner. It meets monthly, or more often as required.


Minutes for each meeting are available here:


Nominations to join the CCC were called in August 2021, and the following members were appointed to represent community views across the Aerotropolis:


Community Members Email
CommunityAerotropolis Core MembersJoe Herceg
Carleen Markuse
Paul Taglioli
CommunityBadgerys Creek MembersRoger Moss
Diana Vukovic
CommunityWianamatta-South Creek MembersSam Aloi
CommunityKemps Creek/ Wianamatta South Creek MembersRoss Murphy
CommunityAgribusiness MembersPaul Buhac
Wayne Wilmington
CommunityNorthern Gateway MembersRob Heffernan
Sascha Vukmirica
CommunityDwyer Road MembersHelen Anderson
CommunityRossmore MembersGabriella Condello


Landowner counselling service

A free, confidential telephone counselling service is available to all Aerotropolis landowners.


AccessEAP is an Australian owned and not-for-profit organisation that will provide landowners with general counselling, financial, and other specialist services over the phone.


If you would like to access this service, please call 1800 818 728 and advise the operator you are looking for counselling offered for the Aerotropolis landowners or mention the Independent Community Commissioner.


Contact us

You can contact the Community Commissioner by emailing and

You can also contact DPE on or call 1300 420 596 and ask for the Aerotropolis team.

Find out more about the Commissioner by reading our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 92 KB).

Page last updated: 08/06/2022