GCW Board

The Board is the governing body of Grampians Central West WRRG. Board members are appointed by Governor in Council on recommendation of the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.  The Board is comprised of skills-based nominees recommended to the Minister through an expression of interest process, and local government councillors nominated by the Grampians Central West Local Government Waste Forum.  The Chair of the Board is appointed by the Minister from the Local Government Councillors appointed to the Board.

Board Roles

The role and duties of the Board include:

  • Strategy
  • Governance; and
  • Risk Management.

The Board establishes and monitors governance arrangements for Grampians Central West WRRG ensuring the preparation and approval of strategic plans, annual reports, key policies and procedures.

Meet the Board

(Left to Right)
Back row: Bridget Wetherall, Cr. Kevin Erwin, Paddy Goodall, Robert Miller
Front row: Cr. Corinne Heintze, Cr. Belinda Coates, Sebastian Klein, Robyn Evans

Mr. Sebastian Klein, Local Government Nominee Director, Chair Board

Sebastian was a Councillor at Hepburn Shire from 2008 – 2019.  An interest in sustainability led him to pursue opportunities in reducing carbon emissions leading to his involvement in community groups such as Hepburn Renewable Energy Association (parent body of the community-owned Hepburn Wind project) and the Building Communities Leadership Journey. He has pursued these interests into a degree in Ecological Agriculture Course, focusing on the intersection of land management, biomass, waste, energy and carbon. Further self-funded study tours in Austria, India and New Zealand, have yielded insights into different interpretations of waste to energy and approaches to resource recovery. He has a focus on resource recovery, energy efficiency and renewable energy in Local Government.

Cr. Belinda Coates, Local Government Nominee Director

Cr. Coates is a Councillor at City of Ballarat, was first elected in 2012 and held the position of Deputy Mayor during 2016. She is a former chair and board member of the Highlands Regional Waste Group and is a current board member for Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance. Having worked for over 20 years as a social worker in the health, public service and tertiary education sectors, she is passionate about community engagement and relationship management. Belinda has a keen interest in data and rapidly advancing technology in regard to resource recovery to achieve environmental, economic and social benefits.

Cr. Kevin Erwin, Local Government Nominee Director

Cr. Erwin lives at Stawell, and has been involved with Waste Boards since 2005. He has been a councillor since 2003, acted in the Mayoral role four times, as well as serving on the Audit Committee. He is a former CFA board member and a CFA volunteer and current chair of a number of Development, Transport and Festival committees in the Wimmera region.

Cr. Corinne Heintze, Local Government Nominee Director

Cr. Heintze from Yarriambiack Shire, owns and runs a grain and sheep farm and Agricultural Chemical Supply outlet at Minyip. She believes more needs to be done to recycle the ever increasing mountain of rural packaging materials, even though DrumMuster is a good start. Corinne is passionate about rural lifestyle, volunteering and the rewards it offers. She believes it is most important to maintain ‘grass root’ relationships with the community when coming up with ideas to manage waste and recycling.

Mr. Patrick Goodall, Skills based Director, Chair Audit & Risk Committee

Paddy has an extensive background in operations and risk management. He currently serves as the Aviation Network Manager for the national Air Traffic Control service provider, Airservices. Paddy was appointed as a skills-based Director to the Board in 2014.

Mr. Robert Miller, Skills based Director

A senior manager/engineer with extensive experience (35 plus years) in the waste management, environment, mining and construction industries, Rob was appointed as a skills-based Director for the Group in 2014. Ron has permitted, designed and operated a portfolio of landfills and is now focused on AWT development, including waste resource recovery and energy. With strong strategic, financial, project management, people, marketing and negotiation skills, he also has extensive International experience in Asia, Europe and the USA.

Ms. Robyn Evans, Skills based Director

A new appointment to the Board in 2018, Robyn has over a decade of experience in local government, largely in sustainability, strategic planning and infrastructure.  She also has a background in delivering change programs and community initiatives.

Ms. Bridget Wetherall, Skills based Director

Appointed to the Board in 2018, Bridget is an experienced environmental professional, with qualifications in engineering and environmental law. Currently employed as Executive Manager Environmental Services at Central Highlands Water, Bridget has skills and experience in areas including contaminated land management, water resources management, strategic planning, community behaviour change and environmental policy reform.


Mr. Andrew Pittard, Independent External Member – Audit & Risk Committee

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Federation University in Accounting and Law.  He is a Certified Practising Accountant and lives in Melbourne. He has held senior financial roles with listed multinational corporations including Fonterra, Gardner Denver and Honeywell.  In addition, Andrew has undertaken public sector roles for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victorian Electoral Commission and Australian Electoral Commission.  He currently consults in the area of Research and Development Tax Incentives and Export Market Development Grants.

Board Members’ Responsibilities

Our Directors undertake a number of responsibilities including:

  • setting the broad strategy for the Group to meet its objectives and performance targets;
  • approving, where appropriate, Group policies and other recommendations received from the Group, its sub-committees and staff;
  • monitoring all Group policies; reviewing and recommending changes to the Group’s internal strategies and policies manual;
  • establishing and monitoring governance arrangements for the entity;
  • integrating risk management into the entity’s strategic planning process;
  • monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness and currency of internal financial and operational risk management, compliance and reporting systems;
  • ensuring the preparation of and approving strategic plans, annual reports, key procedures and policies
  • considering and approving the Group’s Annual Budget;
  • appointment and release of the Executive Officer; and
  • assisting to develop and maintain positive relations among the Board, committees, staff, stakeholders and the community to enhance the Group’s mission.