Economic Development Advisory Committee

The Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) provides a formal mechanism for Council to consult with key stakeholders and to seek specialist advice on economic development issues, initiatives, policies and strategies.

The objectives of the EDAC are to:

  • Identify and provide advice on a range of economic development issues facing the Shire.
  • Identify the priority actions to address these issues. 
  • Ensure consultation and ongoing liaison between Council and key business and community stakeholders.
  • Facilitate the development of the Economic Strategy and provide recommendations for its implementation. 
  • Provide an opportunity for the business community to engage with Council on major developments, Council strategies and related topics.
  • Act as a conduit to relevant community groups and stakeholders.

The Committee comprises the Economic Development and Marketing portfolio Councillor Karen Egan as Chairperson; one representative from each of the five key business and specialist reference groups; and seven general business and industry representatives appointed by Council following a public call for nominations in 2017.

EDAC Role Name Email Address Bio 
Chair and Economic Development and Marketing portfolio Councillor Cr Karen Egan
Mayor Cr Karen Egan is the Councillor for Bunjil Ward and Chair of the Economic Development and Marketing portfolio. 
Eltham Chamber of Commerce and Industry Michael Williams Michael is one of the proprietors of Thompsons Pharmacy Eltham and Eltham Priceline Pharmacy.
Diamond Creek Traders' Association
Phil Marendaz Phil is president of the Diamond Creek Traders Association and has many years' experience in senior roles and managing his own consultancy.
Hurstbridge Traders' Association
Petra Leaford Petra is the Marketing Coordinator of the Hurstbridge Traders Association. she also runs her own graphic design business.
Nillumbik Tourism and Business
Kirrily Romero Kirrily runs The Online Fix, helping business owners master the online space and achieve digital independence.
General business and industry representatives Richard Stockman Richard owns Stockman Wines and hosts a regular program on radio 3MP, Stockman's Big Breakfast.
  Glen Ferrarotto Glen is Executive Director and Founder of Ironside Recruitment, Australia's most trusted employment agency for ex-service personnel. 
Simon Le Plastrier
Simon has been the Principal of Eltham College for four years and was previously Deputy Principal at Trinity Grammar School for 15 years. 
George Apted
George brings 40 years of business success as owner of his own consulting engineering firm and as chair of Apteds Orchards, the largest private sector employer in Nillumbik Shire.
Russell Scoular
Russell has extensive experience in the automotive manufacturing industry and business consulting.  
Peter McWilliam
Peter ran his family plastic extrusions business as General Manager and Director for over 30 years, employing over 100 staff across two factories in Sydney and Melbourne.
Jethro Still
Jethro's business, HICA, is Australia’s leading privately-owned specialist health insurance consultancy and broker.  
Venu Metla
Venu runs an organisation called Tekbytes, which has an interest in property development in India, however their main focus is to explore opportunities to import wine into India.