Expressions of Interest – Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC)

The Shire is seeking expressions of interest from interested local businesses to join Council’s newly created Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC).


The EDAC has been established to provide advice to the Shire of Capel in relation to the growth and development of the Capel business and economy, as well as the generation of local employment opportunities within the community.

The establishment of an Economic Development Advisory Committee will provide an important forum for identifying municipal-wide issues and opportunities, and advising Council about effective policy and service provision regarding business and economic development within the Shire of Capel.

The Economic Advisory Committee’s purpose is to provide advice to the Shire of Capel on business and economic development matters including but not limited to:

  1. Positioning local business and industry to capitalise on trends that facilitate new markets, opportunity and investment.
  2. The identification of stakeholders, formation of strategic partnerships and communication to facilitate new and developing industry initiatives across sectors to ensure ongoing and sustained economic growth.
  3. The role the Council should play to address industry specific feedback (including perceived impediments) on State, Local and Federal regulatory processes and funding programs to create better investment conditions and refinements for economic growth and employment generation in the short, medium and long term.
  4. Facilitating identified industry and strategic initiatives across industry sectors and relevant organisations.
  5. Industry feedback and input as appropriate into strategic and high-level economic development documents and plans.
  6. Strategies and policies relating to Economic Development as required.


The EDAC will meet quarterly (or as required) and consist of:

  • 3 elected Councillor members, plus 1 Councillor as proxy
  • 2 Government agency representatives:
  • South West Development Commission nominee
  • Regional Development Australia (South West) nominee
  • 2 Business Association representatives:
  • CEO, Bunbury Geographe Economic Alliance
  • President, Capel Chamber of Commerce
  • 3 local business representatives


You can view the EDAC Terms of Reference via this link.


EDAC – Local Business Representatives

The criteria for the 3 local business representative members is as follows:

  • Currently operating a business within the Shire of Capel or a local resident with specific expertise in a business-related area.
  • Strong business networks and linkages.
  • An ability to constructively participate in an advisory capacity.
  • An ability to represent a broad range of views that reflect the diversity of the community.
  • A broad understanding of the influence of business and economics on the local community and its social, environmental and economic well-being.
  • A strong understanding of the local and regional economies and trend changes.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the local issues that are relevant to business, employment, logistics and economic development.
  • An ability and willingness to encourage participation from and provide feedback to the community regarding business and economic development.
  • A capacity to commit to the Advisory Committee for the required duration.

Selection of Local Business Representation

The selection of the 3 local business representation will involve the calling for nominations.

A nomination form must be completed by interested representatives and all nominations will be assessed against the criteria for local business representation above.

Timeframe for Local Business Representative appointments:

Expression of Interest Advertising:                                10 January 2022

Closing date for Expressions of Interest:                       28 February 2022

Assessments of nominations:                                        February 2022

Announcement of representatives:                                7 March 2022

Inaugural EDEC meeting:                                                30 March 2022

Contact for more information?                                 

Shire of Capel, Chief Executive Officer

Gordon MacMile

9727 0222

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