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 Cr Geoff Payne 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 2019.


EDAC Role Name          Bio 
Chair and Economic Development and Marketing portfolio Councillor Cr Geoff Payne Cr Geoff Paine is the Councillor for Wingrove Ward for 2020-2024.
Eltham Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nicole Staveley Nicole is the owner of 'The Little Things in Life' retail store in Eltham and President of the Eltham Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Diamond Creek Traders' Association
Phil Marendaz Phil is a member of the Diamond Creek Traders Association and has many years' experience in senior roles and managing his own consultancy, Marendaz Accountants and Business Advisors.
Hurstbridge Traders' Association
Terry Hutton
Nillumbik Tourism and Business
Chanmali Tregambe
Chanmali and her husband own Nillumbik Estate Winery. 
General business and industry representatives Simon Le Plastrier
Simon has been the Principal of Eltham College since 2014 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.
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.
Kirrily Romero
Kirrily runs The Online Fix, helping business owners master the online space and achieve digital independence. 
Joseph Lirosi
Zac Lombardo
Zac is a public affairs professional with experience advising national organisations including international business councils, national industry associations and the Australian Government.