Wednesday, April 17, 2024

NCA chief to stand down

The Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority (NCA), Sally Barnes, has today advised she will stand down after six years in the role.

National Capital Authority Chair, Terry Weber said Ms Barnes had demonstrated passion and commitment in delivering important projects that helped nurture Canberra’s future.

“The Authority would like to thank Ms Barnes for her significant contributions and wish her the best in her next role,” he said.

The NCA is an institution with responsibility for developing and maintaining the national capital for future generations of Australians, supporting Canberra’s unique cultural significance and heritage.

Previously, Ms Barnes was the Director of National Parks at Parks Australia and the Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Environment and Heritage in the NSW Government.

“Under Ms Barnes’ leadership, the NCA has delivered on a range of significant projects that continue to lift the prominence of the nation’s capital and directly benefit the community,” said Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, Kristy McBain.

“These include the Lake Burley Griffin Wall Renewal Program and upgrades to the Merchant Navy War Memorial. Work is also underway on the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge upgrade and the Scrivener Dam Dissipator Strengthening project.

“Ms Barnes also led the installation of several commemorative statues, such as the Dame Dorothy Tangney and Dame Enid Lyons Sculpture, that help to remind us of the rich history of our capital.

“I would like to thank Ms Barnes for her leadership and dedication to public service and wish her every success for the next stage of her career,” she said.

Ms Barnes was awarded the Australian Capital Territory Excellence in Women’s Leadership Award in 2017 in recognition of her contributions towards the advancement of gender equality across Australia.

The Federal Government says it will make appropriate arrangements in due course to appoint a new Chief Executive of the NCA.

Ms Barnes resignation is effective from 29 February 2024.

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