Environment and Sustainability Advisory Committee


The aim of ESAC is to enable community members with expertise and experience relating to environment and sustainability to provide advice to Council concerning strategic or policy issues.


  • Provide feedback and advice to Council on environment and sustainability matters including:
    • Climate action
    • Biodiversity and land management
    • Sustainable water management
    • Waste management, pollution and circular economy
  • Consider and provide advice to Council on the development and implementation of its policies, plans and services that impact environment and sustainability.
  • Consider and provide advice on key Government initiatives, programs and reviews.
  • Represent the views and needs of environment and sustainability stakeholder groups within Nillumbik.
  • Assist Council to communicate, consult and engage more effectively with the broader Nillumbik community.
  • Strengthen partnerships with residents, community groups and services in Nillumbik.
  • Contribute to a cycle of continually assessing and improving Nillumbik’s environment and sustainability programs.

Meeting frequency

Committee meetings are held bimonthly - on the third Wednesday of every second month - from 7pm to 9pm at a Council venue, or virtually if required.

Additional sub-committee meetings may be held on an as-needs basis.  

Committee period

The current Committee was appointed for a two-year term which commenced in June 2022.


This Committee is chaired by a Councillor representative who is appointed annually at Councils Extraordinary Meeting held in November.

The Committee comprises the following representatives endorsed by Council:

  • Cr Ben Ramcharan (Chair)
  • Cr Karen Egan (Alternate Chair)
  • Youth Council representative 
  • Malcolm Cock
  • Doug Evans
  • Kahn Franke
  • John Huf
  • Vasundhara Kandpal
  •  Anne-Marie King
  • Kate McCracken
  • Andrew McMahon
  • Sue Rosenhain
  • Alan Thatcher
  • Lynlee Tozer


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.