Audit & Risk Committee

As part of Wyndham City's governance processes Council has established an Audit and Risk Management Committee comprising external independent members, Councillors and Council staff. The Charter can be found here.

The objective of the committee is to provide independent assurance and advice to Council on all matters pertaining to Councils reporting responsibilities, its internal controls and their effectiveness, its risk management framework including business continuity planning and their effectiveness, the audit work of both the internal and external auditors and Councils compliance with legislation and regulations.

Members of Committee

  • Gaye Mason (Chair of Committee)
    • Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA)
    • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)
    • Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia (AGIA)
    • Chartered Secretary
    • Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma, Master of Business Administration, Graduate Diploma of Applied Information Systems & Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
    • Experienced board, finance and audit & risk committee member in professional services, government and community sector.
    • Diverse financial and commercial management experience.
  • Jeff Rigby
    • Fellow, Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA)
    • Fellow, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators UK (FCIS)
    • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)
    • Fellow, Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust)
    • Advanced Certificate of Risk Management (ACRM)
    • Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporation Governance (GradDipACG)
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
    • Master of Engineering Science (MEngSc)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
    • Accredited Gateway Reviewer for High Value/High Risk Public Sector Projects
    • A water industry leader and a public sector governance and risk professional
    • A non-executive Board director for diverse organisations operating within regional and National contexts
  • Dr. A. J. (John) Purcell
    • Chief Auditor, CPA Australia
    • Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA)
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University; Master of Business Administration, La Trobe University, Graduate Certificate in Fraud Investigation, La Trobe University; Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Swinburne University; Bachelor of Economics, Monash University
    • Current Independent Member of Baw Baw; Bayside; Banyule; and South Gippsland Councils’ Audit Committees
    • Significant experience in corporate governance, compliance, auditing, management accounting, and risk management
    • Extensive involvement in public sector, banking, finance and engineering organisations
  • John Watson
    • Chair of the Panel of Administrators at Brimbank City Council and the Victoria Grants Commission
    • Independent Chair of Maroondah City Council Audit and Risk Advisory Committee, and Independent Member of Nillumbik Shire Council Audit Committee
    • Former CEO of Buller, Moonee Valley and Hume City Councils
    • Former Director of Governance and Legislation Local Government Victoria and Executive Director of Local Government Victoria
    • Current Independent Member of Emergency Management Victoria Program Board, Audit and Risk Committee for Member Victoria University and Department of Planning and Community Development
    • Significant experience in local and state government administration, strategic management, mentorship and advocacy.
    • Thorough knowledge and experience in developing and overseeing Victorian local government financial and reporting obligations, regulations and guideline.
  • Cr Peter Maynard (Mayor)
  • Cr Kim McAliney
  • Cr Aaron An

RDF Community Reference Group

The Wests Road Refuse Disposal Facility (RDF) and Waste Management Community Reference Group (CRG) has been established to provide a forum for consultation, provision of advice and information exchange in relation to waste management and resource recovery and the Wests Road Refuse Disposal Facility between Wyndham City, key stakeholders and the community.

Objectives of the CRG

The objectives of the group are to:

  • Provide for information exchange between residents, community groups, government agencies, Council and other stakeholders in relation to the RDF and waste management and resource recovery generally
  • Facilitate community awareness of the strategic planning, operations, environmental performance and short, medium and long-term development of the RDF
  • Foster understanding and cooperation between community members and Council in minimising any impacts of the RDF on the community
  • Provide input into Council’s planned community engagement and education activities in relation to the RDF and waste management and resource recovery generally, including recycling and waste diversion

Read the Terms of Reference

For further information contact Simon Clay, RDF Manager on 9742 0777.

Wyndham Refuse Disposal Facility & Waste Management Community Reference Group - New Members Expression of Interest

An opportunity exists for two Wyndham residents and an Environmental Group representative to join the Wyndham Refuse Disposal Facility & Waste Management Community Reference Group (CRG) and provide valuable input into council decisions about the operation of the Wyndham Refuse Disposal Facility (RDF) and waste management services in Wyndham. 

The CRG was established by Council in 2013 and is made up of nine community representatives, Wyndham City Councillors and staff, a representative from the Western Region Metropolitan Waste Group and an independent chair person.  Meetings are held at the Wyndham Civic Centre every two months on a Thursday afternoon from 4:30 to 7pm.  Membership is for a three year period, with three positions becoming vacant each year. 

View the CRG Terms of Reference

CRG members have an interest and some understanding of issues associated with environment, landfills, resource recovery and some experience or understanding of how a community advisory committee works.

The RDF is one of Victoria’s nominated waste hubs, providing important waste disposal and recycling services to the growing population of Wyndham, metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong.  It currently provides approximately 35 jobs.

The Council’s vision is that ‘by 2040, the RDF will become the centre of a precinct focused on resource recovery with residual waste to landfill.  Complementary businesses are co-located and the area is a centre for economic growth and green jobs.  The centre plays a key role in environmental education and is acknowledged by the community’.

The RDF operates within a highly regulated environment, in accordance with a licence from Environment Protection Authority (EPA), planning permit, best practice environmental management guidelines and a range of statutory provisions. 

The RDF also currently funds around 10% of Council’s annual capital works program for the benefit of the Wyndham community.

If you would like to register your interest to become a member of the Wyndham Refuse Disposal Facility and Waste Management Community Reference Group, please complete and submit this online Expression of Interest Form.

Complete the Expression of Interest Form

For further information or if you would like a copy of the Expression of Interest Application Form posted to you, please contact Liza McColl on 9742 0777 or

Expressions of interest close 5pm on Wednesday 16 May 2018.

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