AALARA is governed by a voluntary board of directors made up of representatives from throughout Australia. The board directors meet four times a year with an Annual General Meeting held normally towards the middle of each year. The current board of directors are:



President, Dax Eddy

Dax Eddy’s career with Jamberoo Action Park, NSW Biggest Theme Park, spans over 20+ years including his current position of General Manager. He is now part of the integral 10 year expansion plan of Jamberoo Action Park, making Jamberoo Action Park a World Class Water Theme Park. Dax is a current Director of Tourism Wollongong and has been associated over many years with Kiama Tourism, MICE Industries, SES, Rural Fire Service just to name a few.

Vice President, Shane McGrath

Shane McGrath is the Exhibitions and Concessions Manager for the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Completing a Business degree in 2001 he travelled to the United States gaining experience at ski resorts in Colorado. Shane commenced working for the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW in 2002 within Sydney Showground event and venue management division.



Greg O'Neill

Greg bought his first ride at age 15, working on weekends and school holidays. During this time he also worked closely with his brother Garry, building a small amusement park in Sydney, and working at shows and festivals with portable equipment. Moving to the Gold Coast in 1982, initially to do a major fit out of Grundy’s. He then commenced operating Australia’s only full time ride manufacturing company. 

Paul Sexton

Paul was part of the opening team as Director of Park Operations at Australia’s Wonderland in Sydney. After 10 years, he moved to Fox Studios, as General Manager,  working with Twentieth Century Fox executives. Paul moved to establish a new business with a group out of New York. His role as CEO was to establish, Sydney Skytour which was completed in 2000. Over the last few years Paul has been a partner in a Marketing company.

James Kemp

James Kemp has worked in the entertainment & hospitality industry for over 20 years in varying capacities with a range of professional organisations. Originating from a sheep station in Texas Queensland, James created a business in 1994 called Barnyard Babies designed to teach children about the important role domestic farm animals play in our society. In 2004 he purchased an existing carnival company, Carnival Land Amusements.

Brad Loxley

Brad is passionate about the industry and helping others succeed. During his career he has been actively involved in IAAPA, including chairing international committees and presenting industry sessions. A dynamic and passionate professional with 20 years experience within the theme parks, attractions and hospitality industry.


Phil Durkin

Phil is the owner and operator of the Slingshot and Insanity amusement rides. Travelling the country and operating his amusements at up to 40 events each year, Phil is an AALARA Past President with an incredible amount of industry knowledge.

Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart has been Director and CEO of the iconic 104 year old Luna Park Melbourne for the last 10 years. During this time Mary has overseen investment in Luna Park’s heritage listed attractions including the Great Scenic Railway, together with ride upgrades, new buildings and public art. Mary has a background industrial relations, industry development and corporate governance.


Greg Yong

Greg is the Executive General Manager - Theme Parks for Village Roadshow, Australia’s largest operator of entertainment locations. He has responsibility for some of the country’s largest properties such as Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet n Wild Gold Coast, Wet n Wild Sydney and Australia’s first Topgolf, located on the Gold Coast.



Kristy Ahrens

Focused on contributing positively to a progressive and innovative company and brand, Kristy’s career spans across print media circulation and editorial, radio advertising, event management and client management. With a passion for creating and implementing 'against the grain’ communication strategies that deliver real business growth with a fresh approach, Kristy thrives on developing and fostering key client relationships and connecting clients with solutions.