Mr Phillip John COSTA

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly
Member for Wollondilly
Minister for Rural Affairs
Minister for Regional Development
Minister for Water
Minister for Corrective Services
Member, Standing Committee on Parliamentary Privilege and Ethics
Chair, Standing Committee on Broadband in Rural and Regional Communities

Community Activity

Volunteer Member, Lakesland Volunteer Rural Fire Service (joined 1982); President and Founding Member, Macarthur Diversity Services Incorporated 2002-2007; Chairperson and President Macarthur Migrant Resource Centre 1999-2002; President, Secretary Rotary Club of Picton (joined 1985); Member, Wollondilly Catchment Management Committee 1991-2000; Patron Wollondilly Heritage Society 1998-present; Chairperson and Founding Member, Wollondilly Youth Services Network 1982-1987; District Secretary, Campbelltown Primary Principal’s Council 1998-2003; State Secretary, Public School’s Principal Forum; Member, Association of Mine Related Councils; Member, Hawkesbury Nepean Local Government Advisory Group; Board Member, National Parks and Wildlife Service Advisory Group Southern Region 1998-2008; Board Member, South Western Sydney Academy of Sport 1999-2008; Member, Sydney Catchment Authority Local Government Advisory Group 2001-2008; Member, Wollondilly Bush Fire Management Committee 2001-2008; Chairperson, Wollondilly Shire Community Safety Forum 2001-2008; Member, Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board 2005-2007. Member Burragorang Chamber of Commerce, President Yerranderie Management Committee since 1991, President Thirlmere Festival of Steam Committee, Chairman of the Illawarra Coal Community Consultative Committee.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Diploma of Education.  Primary School Principal, Buxton, The Oaks and Guise PS. Interest in environmental and social issues. Interests include travel, environment and agriculture.

Honours Received

Citizen of the Year Wollondilly Shire 1984.

Local Government Activity

Councillor on Wollondilly Shire Council 1985-2008. Deputy Mayor, Wollondilly Shire Council 1999-2005, Mayor Wollondilly Shire Council 2005-2007 and President of Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils.


Married to Christine with two adult children – Brendon and Les Lee Ann. Has lived in region all of his life. Resident of Wollondilly since 1975.

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