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.
|Chair and Economic Development and Marketing portfolio Councillor
||Cr Karen Egan
||Cr Egan is the Councillor for Bunjil Ward, Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Economic Development and Marketing portfolio.
|Eltham Chamber of Commerce and Industry
||Michael is one of the proprietors of Thompsons Pharmacy Eltham and Eltham Priceline Pharmacy.
|Diamond Creek Traders Association
||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 is the Marketing Coordinator of the Hurstbridge Traders Association. she also runs her own graphic design business.
|Nillumbik Tourism and Business
||Kirrily runs The Online Fix, helping business owners master the online space and achieve digital independence.
|General business and industry representatives
||Richard owns Stockman Wines and hosts a regular program on radio 3MP, Stockman's Big Breakfast.
||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 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 has extensive experience in the automotive manufacturing industry and business consulting.
||Vanessa has an architecture firm, Vanessa Mooney Architect, and is involved in her family business, Yarra Valley Dairy.
||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's business, HICA, is Australia’s leading privately-owned specialist health insurance consultancy and broker.
||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.