Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee

Do you live, work, or study in Nillumbik, or have a strong connection to the Shire? Would you like to play a part in shaping the development of arts and culture in our community?

Nillumbik Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from local people with a range of backgrounds and experiences to join our Arts and Culture Advisory Committee for a two-year term.

The committee meets regularly to provide specialist advice to Council and enable community participation in the development, implementation and evaluation of arts and culture.

Detail on the committee objectives, membership, meeting frequency, the role of committee members and more is provided in the Terms of Reference(PDF, 859KB)

This is a great opportunity to both contribute to arts and culture in Nillumbik and also benefit your own professional or personal development.

If you want to be involved, and have relevant expertise, experience or lived experience, a good understanding of related local issues, a desire to provide feedback to Council on arts and culture, and a willingness to contribute collaboratively and constructively - we encourage you to apply. 

Nominations close at 11.59pm on Friday 22 April 2022. 

All nominations will be assessed against the selection criteria that is listed in the Terms of Reference(PDF, 859KB)

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their nomination in June 2022; and the first meeting of the new committee will be Monday 15 August.

We strongly encourage nominations from First Nations applicants, applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, applicants living with a disability and LGBTQIA+ applicants. 

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Purpose and objectives

  • Provide feedback and advice to Council regarding key issues relating to arts and culture.
  • Provide a forum for dissemination and consideration of information to the local community and assist Council to communicate, consult and engage more effectively with the broader Nillumbik community.
  • Keep Council informed of the artistic and cultural needs of the community.
  • Consider and provide advice to Council on the development and implementation of its policies, plans and services that impact arts and culture.
  • Advise on the acquisition and de-accessioning of artworks in accordance with the Nillumbik Shire Art Collection Policy.
  • Act as the Project Reference Group for Arts and Cultural Development projects and policy reviews.
  • Act as the nominated independent assessment panel for Arts and Cultural Development open applications.
  • Contribute to a cycle of continually assessing and improving Nillumbik’s Arts and Cultural Development programs

Meeting frequency

Committee meetings are held quarterly - on the third Monday of every third month - from 7pm to 9pm at Civic Centre, Civic Drive, Greensborough.

Extra-ordinary meetings may be convened as required.

Committee period

The Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee has a crossover of committees and an annual nomination process.

The current Committee was appointed for a two-year term which commenced on 20 April 2020 (2020-22 term) and 17 May 2021 (2021-23 term).  


Two Councillors are appointed by Council annually at Council's Extraordinary Meeting held in November as the Chairperson and alternate delegate of the Committee (Deputy Chairperson).

Find out more about the committee members

The Committee comprises the following representatives endorsed by Council:

Name About
Cr Geoff Paine Chair
Cr Peter Perkins Alternate Chair
Cr Natalie Duffy Alternate Chair
Leanne Ipsen Leanne is a practicing local artist with strong connections to community. She lives and volunteers in Nillumbik and is a U3A arts tutor. Leanne taught arts and drama at Eltham High for many years and is now retired. She has been involved in many community art projects and local exhibitions. As an active Arts & Culture audience member and organiser, she has a good awareness of Arts & Culture in Nillumbik.
Brian Gilkes Brian is the director of Pharos Centre – an organisation specialising in visual arts curation, education, digital arts consulting, collaborative fine printmaking, artists’ books and garden design. Brian is an expert in these areas plus photography. Emerging technologies are also an area of his expertise. Brian lectured in Art Theory, history and Practice for 18 years at university level. He was a sitting member of Arts Advisory Committee 2017-2019. Brian brings to the committee valuable committee experience, strong community/art organisation connections, great local knowledge and good awareness of Arts & Culture in Nillumbik.
Pat Reynolds Pat is a practising local artist. Pat also founded St. Andrews Film Society. Pat has a graphic design and fine art background and had a long career as a children's book illustrator. She has exhibited locally. Pat has experience with and a commitment to community based projects. She is a member of several local arts and culture groups. Pat lives, works and volunteers in Nillumbik, has strong community connections and good awareness of Arts & Culture in Nillumbik
Emma Roussel Emma is a young literary artist who is currently completing a BA at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Creative Writing and History. She has been a reader for the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing. She is interested in a diverse range of arts. Emma lives and volunteers in Nillumbik and is starting to make good local connections. She has a good awareness of Arts & Culture in Nillumbik.
Tessa Christie Tessa is a young visual artist and a recent graduate from RMIT (BA Fine Art). Tessa is a long term Nillumbik resident (she grew up here) and is ery passionate & enthusiastic about the Arts in Nillumbik. She has good knowledge on how to support young and emerging creatives as well as an understanding of the health and wellbeing benefits of art/connection between art and community. Tessa has a good awareness of Arts & Culture in Nillumbik.
Ona Henderson Ona is a highly experienced and award winning local artist, and founder of the Nillumbik Artist Open Studios Program. She is still actively involved in this program. Ona was on the Arts Advisory Committee in the 70's and has served on many boards and committees for arts related organisations. She has been involved with many arts awards and is an experienced curator. Ona has strong community connections and excellent awareness of Arts & Culture in Nillumbik. She is a passionate and enthusiastic advocate of Nillumbik Arts & Culture.
Syd Tunn Syd is a long term award-winning local visual artist with 40+ years’ experience and is the co-founder of Nillumbik Artist Open Studios Program. He is still actively involved in the program and has been a member of many local arts groups. Syd has extensive committee/board experience. He lives, works and volunteers in Nillumbik and has excellent knowledge of Arts & Culture in Nillumbik and the surrounding area.
Rebecca Davies Rebecca is a cultural heritage expert and is also a local visual artist specialising in photography. Rebecca grew up in Diamond Creek. She has a BA in Photography and a Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies. Rebecca is passionate about local history and community exhibitions. She has expertise in collections management and digitalisation (Museums Vic). Rebecca is actively engaged in Arts & Culture in Nillumbik and has a good knowledge of the Shire's creative landscape.
Alli Spoor Alli is a highly experienced graphic designer (BA Arts Photography and Bachelor of Design) and has collaborated on many community projects within Nillumbik for the past 15 years. Alli is keen to be involved in shaping the future direction of the arts within the Shire. Alli lives, works and volunteers locally, is knowledgeable about Arts and Culture projects in Nillumbik and has a sound understanding of the creative landscape of the area.
Hana Zreikat

Hana is an award winning singer-songwriter and composer based in Nillumbik. Her works have been performed both locally and worldwide and she has composed and conducted for organisations such as the Australian National Academy of Music, The Australian Children’s Choir, Creativity Australia, The Chamber Strings of Melbourne and The Ballarat Symphony Orchestra. Hana graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2012, and since then has been heavily involved in creating opportunities for people of all ages to engage with music.Hana lives, works, studies, volunteers and plays in Nillumbik. Her experience and perspective as a local singer- songwriter, composer and musician brings new expertise to the committee. She has a high level of awareness of Nillumbik's arts and culture and is well connected to community.

Jonathan Crowther

Jonathan is a practicing visual artist and arts administrator. He has an extensive exhibition history with both solo and group exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as numerous regional centres, and has been a finalist in a number of national art competitions, and has won the Churchie National Art Prize and the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award. Jonathan is currently the Art Coordinator for Araluen, a disability service provider in Nillumbik. His experience as a visual artist and gallery manager complements the expertise of the committee. His expertise as an arts administrator, knowledge of the disability service sector and interest in inclusion in the arts is invaluable. Jonathan has a high awareness of arts and culture in Nillumbik and is well connected to community.

Sandra (Sandy) Miller

Sandi is a documentary maker and journalist, who in 2014 (after working for two decades for the ABC), started her own media production business. Sandi produces content across multiple media, focussing on telling art and community stories. Sandi is also the editor of the award winning community newspaper, Warrandyte Diary. Sandi is deeply committed to ensuring that Nillumbik’s arts and culture are supported, protected and nurtured. Outside of her professional life, she is strongly engaged in grass-roots community theatre and sport and is an active member of several community groups. She was a volunteer firefighter with the North Warrandyte CFA for fifteen years and is currently on the board of the Warrandyte Neighbourhood House. Sandi works, plays and volunteers in Nillumbik. Sandi will bring new expertise to the committee. She has a deep awareness of arts and culture in Nillumbik and a strong understanding of the uniqueness of Nillumbik's culture, heritage and arts. Sandi has strong community connections.

Liezl Shnookal

Liezl is a literary artist, cultural administrator, arts and culture audience member and an engaged community member. She is a published author of two novels and a collection of short stories and is currently writing full-time on her new novel. In addition to her background as a writer and editor, Liezl also has a passion for live performance and film and has been involved in the establishment of local community groups, Theatre 451 and St Andrews Film Society. Liezl holds a Master of Arts (Monash University), a Grad Dip in Community Development (RMIT) and a Bachelor of Arts/Dip Ed (La Trobe). Liezl lives, works, studies, volunteers and plays in Nillumbik and is a passionate advocate for local arts and culture and the environment. She is very involved in community and has a high awareness of arts and culture in Nillumbik. Liezl brings both new and complimentary experience to the committee.

Dennis Coard

Dennis is a professional actor, writer and director with over 30 years’ experience in theatre, film and television. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts with qualifications in Dramatic Art (Acting), he has both national and international acclaim. Dennis is actively involved in diverse community projects, including projects delivered by Council through its Arts and Cultural Plan. He lives, works, volunteers, plays, creates and performs in Nillumbik and beyond. Dennis lives, works, volunteers, and plays in Nillumbik. Dennis is a previous member of the 2018-20 Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee and his expertise and willingness as a committee member is highly regarded. He brings with him extensive experience in the dramatic/performance arts. Dennis is highly aware of Nillumbik arts and culture and is well connected to community

Cassie May

Cassie holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Honours and a Master of Creative Arts. She is the Director of a contemporary project space, Neospace in Collingwood and has previously co-managed the Museum Accreditation Program (MAP) at AMaGA (Australian Museums and Galleries Association Victoria (2011-2014). Cassie has had extensive experience in collections management at organisations such as The Arts Centre Melbourne, Bayside City Council, City of Banyule, City of Darebin, City of Melton, Mary MacKillop Museum, Mission to Seafarers Victoria, Sovereign Hill, Ziebell's Farmhouse, Westgarthtown, and many other MAP Accredited organisations across Victoria. She has curated exhibitions for many organisations including councils and corporate organisations and has expertise in Significance Assessments of Art. Cassie lives, volunteers and plays in Nillumbik. Her specialist skills in assisting organisations to meet best museum practice in the areas of collection management, governance and audience engagement together with her extensive experience in contemporary art and arts projects, collection management and cultural planning bring new and complimentary expertise to the committee. Cassie is highly aware of Nillumbik arts and culture and is a passionate community member.



The Agenda for the next Committee meeting is uploaded one week prior to the meeting date. 


Minutes from each Committee meeting are confirmed at the next meeting of the Committee.