Economic Development Advisory Committee

The Economic Development Advisory Committee has been established to:

  • Provide a link between Council and key and emerging industry sectors with the aim of encouraging economic growth in the region,
  • Develop and promote partnerships and business networks in the local area,
  • Identify economic development projects, opportunities and actions,
  • Advise on the development and implementation of the Economic Development Strategy,
  • Partner with Georges River Council to attract new businesses, investment and jobs to the local area.

2020 Members of the Economic Development Advisory Committee


  • Councillor Stephen Agius
  • Councillor Vince Badalati
  • Deputy Mayor, Councillor Con Hindi (Chairperson)
  • Councillor Rita Kastanias
  • Councillor Nick Katris 

Committee Members - Industry and Community

  • Mr Matthew Carter - Manager Environmental Services, Hurstville Primary Hospital - HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE
  • Mr Lawrence Debono - Former CEO of Emerdyn - MANUFACTURING
  • Ms Sonia Fenton, CEO, The Gardens on Forest - HOSPITALITY REPRESENTATIVE
  • Ms Rosemary Bishop - CEO 3 Bridges - COMMUNITY SERVICES SECTOR
  • Mr Frank Bates - President, Beverley Park Golf Club - SPORT REPRESENTATIVE
  • Mr Alan Zreik - President St George Business Chamber
  • Ms Jacqui Attard - CEO Realise Business
  • Ms Claire  Zang - Owner Best Professional Finance - FINANCE REPRESENTATIVE
  • Mr Andrew Eldridge - Strategic Planner TAFE NSW - EDUCATION REPRESENTATIVE
  • Ms Megan Barker - Owner Angela's Florist Kogarah - RETAIL REPRESENTATIVE
  • Mr Spiro Abelas - S.Abelas and Company Real Estate and Business Brokers Carlton - RETAIL REPRESENTATIVE

The Committee will meet on the following occasions in 2020:

  • Tuesday 18 February
  • Tuesday 5 May
  • Tuesday 4 August
  • Tuesday 27 October

For more information about the Committee please contact Council’s Coordinator, Strategy and Innovation on 9330 9311 or by email:


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