Audit & Risk Committee

Council convenes an Audit and Risk Committee, in accordance with the Part 2 Division 8 of the Local Government Act 2020.

The Committee has seven members, the majority of whom must be independent:

  • one independent Chair;
  • three independent members whose collectively have experience across financial, risk and public sector management; and
  • three Councillor members (including the Mayor).

Its role is to oversee and monitor the effectiveness of Council in carrying out its responsibilities for accountable financial management, good corporate governance, maintaining an effective system of internal control and risk management and fostering an ethical environment.

View the Audit and Risk Management Committee Charter

Current Membership


Kathy Alexander

Dr Kathy Alexander, former South Australian Telstra Businesswoman of the Year, is an experienced board member and chair in public, not-for-profit and private for-profit organisations.

Her board roles have included Chair of Administrators of the City of Greater Geelong, Chair of Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network and Chair of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, member of the Board of Porter Davis Homes and North West Melbourne Primary Health Network.  She has also held the positions of CEO of the Royal Children’s and Royal Women’s Hospitals in Victoria and other health services in South Australia and previous CEO of the City of Melbourne.

Kathy has an international reputation for stakeholder management, community engagement and effective public relations in complex and politically sensitive environments. Kathy is skilled in governance, strategic planning, financial management, business development, change management, policy development and advocacy.

Kathy’s professional qualifications include:

  • Graduate of the London School of Business Proteus Program
  • PHD (Public Health Management) University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Diploma (Public Health) University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology) University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Arts (Ordinary) University of Adelaide


Jeff Rigby

Jeff is a water industry leader and a public sector executive with a 36 year track record working in the Victorian water industry.  He has 14 years of experience in full-time executive director positions as the Managing Director of GWMWater (2007 to 2011), Coliban Water (2012 to 2018) and Western Water (since 2019). Jeff is also a corporate governance professional and for 18 years has served on Boards and in governance roles with a diverse range of organisations in regional Victoria.

His diverse portfolio of part-time positions as a non-executive director (with several terms as entity chair) includes public sector entities for health services, adult education, and waste and resource recovery; not-for-profit National and State industry associations; non-government organisations servicing people with disabilities; and an advisory entity to State and Commonwealth Governments for regional and economic development. He is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Castlemaine Health and he was for four years the Chair of the Audit Committee for the Grampians Central West & Resource Recovery Group.

Jeff is a chartered engineering executive and chartered secretary, and holds post-graduate qualifications in engineering, business administration, corporate governance and risk management.

Jeff’s professional certifications and qualifications include:

  • 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

Kylie Maher

Kylie has over 25 years’ experience in providing Finance, Risk and Governance advisory services as a Director leading internal audit, risk assurance and board advisory services at Moore Australia and KPMG.
Kylie currently is a member of the Audit committee for the City of Port Phillip, the Australian Accounting and Auditing Standards Board (AASB/AUASB) and the Federal government’s Australian Institute of Family Studies.  She has previously represented on audit committees for Court Services Victoria and VicHealth.
Kylie is currently the Director in charge of the Governance and Risk Advisory practice at Moore Australia where she leads risk and audit services for her clients in local government, community services and aged care sector.  She has extensive experience in guiding organisations in effective governance, embedding risk management and the oversight of internal audit. 

Kylie’s professional qualifications include:

  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA)
  • Bachelor or Business (Accounting) RMIT
  • Member, Institute of Internal Auditors

John Watson

John Watson draws on more than four decades of experience across Local and State government. A former Executive Director of Local Government Victoria and the Chair of the Victorian Local Government Grants Commission (VLGGC) since 2012.

The VLGGC oversees the allocation of approximately $700 million annually in financial assistance grants across Victoria's 79 municipalities. His track record for maintaining high standards for public administration is complimented by his reputation for ethical leadership and stewardship in governance and responsible financial management. John is the Independent Chair or Member on a number of local government Audit and Risk Committees including for the Municipal Association of Victoria.  He is also a Director on the Northern Health Board (Northern Hospital).


Mayor Cr Susan McIntyre
Cr Peter Maynard
Cr Sahana Ramesh

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 1300 023 411.

Minutes of Meetings


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