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, 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.


Vice President - TBA


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.

Greg Yong

I'm result driven professional, detail oriented and all the rest of it.

To be honest though, I'm about keeping things simple. My job is busy and there is always a lot going on but ultimately it boils down to a few key things.

Firstly, I’m responsible for keeping our guests and team safe. The other part is making sure that if you come to our parks you have the best day ever.


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 is the Executive Director and CEO of the iconic 106-year-old Luna Park Melbourne for the last 14 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.


Tony Lines

Tony Lines is a self employed Consultant for Between The Lines – HR Consulting following being Head of HR for Village Roadshow Theme Parks (VRTP).

He worked with VRTP for 25 years in a variety of positions in HR and Entertainment. Overall, his HR career has spanned over 35 years. His areas of expertise include Industrial and Employee Relations, Policy Development, Performance Management and Learning & Development and he holds qualifications in Learning & Development, Management and Tourism.

Tony has served on the TTQ Executive and was part of a Tourism Australia industry committee. He previously served on the board of AALARA for many years, including 2 years as president and has represented this Industry at international level serving on IAAPA committees.


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.