Indigo Environment Advisory Committee

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1. Overview

Indigo’s Environment Advisory Committee's (IEAC) role is "to provide advice to Council on the development of Council policy as it relates to environmental and sustainability matters". 

The Committee was established by Council on 9 February 2010 and has had an integral role in the development of our Environment Strategy, our Greenhouse Action Plan as well several other programs and policies.
The Committee's objectives are:
  • To provide a recognised forum that Council and community alike can refer environmental concerns for further consideration;
  • To provide recommendations to Council about the means to encourage and support increased community awareness and understanding of environmental and sustainability matters;
  • To provide advice on the implementation and ongoing review of the Environment Strategy;
  • To provide advice on the review or development of other environmental Council plans; 
  • To provide recommendations to Council, as necessary, to ensure environmental programs, both internally and externally funded, are consistent with priorities identified in the Environment Strategy;
  • To provide advocacy for Council’s environmental portfolio within other forums and within the community;
  • To provide input on special projects where directed by Council. 
Current Committee Members:

Members:   Cr Emmerick Teissl (Chair), Tim Smith (Deputy Chair), Cr Roberta Horne, Jane Roots, Chelsea Cherry, Rik Thwaites, Peter Anfruns, Janice Milhinch, Philippa Noble, Tom Colcott, Helen Robinson and Nicki Munro. Cr Diane Shepheard is an observer.

Council Officers: Ian Ellett, (Director Infrastructure Services), Sam Niedra (Coordinator Environment and Sustainability), Isla Fitridge (Climate Change and Environment Officer) and Maureen Rogers (Sustainability Projects Officer)

2. Meetings

Meetings are open to the public and are held via Zoom. To attend, please link on the Zoom link or enter the meeting details:

  • Next meeting scheduled for Wednesday 7 February 2023, 6:00pm-8:00 pm 

To attend, please click on the Zoom link or enter the meeting details: 



3. Join the committee

Interested community members are invited to apply to be part of IEAC (there is no set recruitment period).

Terms of Reference - Indigo Environment Advisory Committee(PDF, 188KB)

The application process is:

  1. Complete application form and submit to our staff
  2. The IEAC will review the application at their next meeting and provide a recommendation to Council regarding the new applicant
  3. The next council meeting will review the IEAC's recommendation.

Please fill in the form below to submit your application:


4. What's on

Check out the Ecoportal website and events calendar:

  • Offers a central place for the promotion of upcoming sustainability events;
  • Provide links, information and contact details of local sustainability groups;
  • Encourage the sharing of skills, knowledge and resources locally; and
  • Add to opportunities to network with others.

5. Community environment and sustainability groups

Indigo Shire is home to many active and dedicated Landcare and 'Friends of' groups and they can always use more volunteers.

We have a number listed here but you can also check out the listing and contact details at the Victorian Landcare Gateway. Also head to Facebook to read more about Plasticwise and Boomerang Bags.

Council Contact

Sam Niedra, Coordinator Environment & Sustainability - ph: 1300 365 003