Meet your local councillors of Hindmarsh.


Cr Ron Ismay - Mayor

M: 0429 951 094  E: rismay@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au

Cr Brett Ireland

M: 0431 755 625  E: bireland@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au

Cr Brett Ireland is excited at the opportunity the community has given him in his role as a councillor. Cr Ireland looks forward to hearing from all sectors of the community, including farmers, business owners, welfare groups and the people in general. He trusts he will make prudent decisions and assist in implementing ideas and wisely allocating available funding and grants to worthy projects.


Cr Melanie Albrecht - Deputy Mayor

M: 0437 927 785  E: malbrecht@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au

Cr Rob Gersch

M: 0427 600 122  E: rgersch@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au

Cr Rob Gersch has been a long time serving councillor and has served several terms as Mayor. He has also represented Shire on regional and state committees. Cr Gersch has lived in Nhill all his life and has a great understanding of rural life. Having owned and ran several business in Nhill, he understands how important shopping locally is. Cr Gersch is also a Justice of the Peace. When asked about living in Nhill he has three words ’quality of life'.


Cr Debra Nelson

M: 0459 021 802  E: dnelson@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au

Cr Debra Nelson is passionate about her community, representing the East Ward since 2012 when first elected to Hindmarsh Shire Council. Debra utilises her financial skills as a member of the Audit Committee.

Cr Wendy Bywaters

M: 0437 920 869  E: wbywaters@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au 

Cr Wendy Bywaters is proud to be a resident of Hindmarsh where she has lived, worked and raised her family. 

Owner of Wendy's Retreat Nhill, Cr Bywaters is an experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry and the Agri Business sector.  Skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, Team Building, and Rural Development. Strong professional graduated from Wimmera Development Association's Business Leaders Program. 

Hindmarsh Shire Councillor 2012 -2016, including two years as Deputy Mayor. Cy Bywaters special areas of interest are early years education, young people, rural and remote communities, more women in leadership roles and refugee and migrant communities.

Cr Bywaters is wanting to listen to everyone, those that have lived in Hindmarsh for their life and those that have seen a glimpse of the magic in this community and made it their home.