Meet your local councillors of Hindmarsh.


Cr Melanie Albrecht - Mayor

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

Cr Melanie Albrecht is delighted to represent the Hindmarsh community on Council.

Cr Albrecht’s priorities for Hindmarsh are communities that thrive in their rural setting. From economic opportunities, to recreation and lifestyle options, liveability of Hindmarsh is essential to the future of our municipality. With future-focused leadership, Hindmarsh will offer the opportunities, lifestyle, services and facilities to support its residents from birth to retirement.

Cr Albrecht has expertise in governance, risk, infrastructure, project management, law, health, finance and communications. Cr Albrecht is proud to be raising a family in Hindmarsh, allowing her to understand our community, our challenges and our opportunities for the future.


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 Brett Ireland - Deputy Mayor

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 Ron Ismay

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

Cr Ron Ismay is a lifelong resident, businessman, and active member of Rainbow. Cr Ismay is the owner and operator of a hardware store in Rainbow that was opened by his Grandfather over 92 years ago. Cr Ismay has been CFA Captain, Town Committee chair, Councillor and Shire President in the Shire of Dimboola, School Council President, and has spent over 20 years on the board of the local health service. Cr Ismay's particular interests include tourism, business development and health.






Cr Debra Nelson

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

Cr Debra Nelson is passionate about her community which she is an active community member of, representing the East Ward since 2012 when first elected to Hindmarsh Shire Council. Debra works in the financial services industry and 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. Cr 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.




In line with Victorian Government requirements, community members need to show proof of double vaccination to access Councils community facilities including swimming pools, Nhill Memorial Community Centre, community halls and Hindmarsh Shire Libraries in Dimboola, Jeparit, Nhill and Rainbow. You can do this via the Services Victoria app or with a printed Vaccination Certificate and photo ID.

Click and collect services are available at our libraries, along with e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Telephone your local Hindmarsh Shire Libraries branch to organise click and collect.

Council’s Customer Service Centre in Nhill does not require customers to be double vaccinated. Community members needing access to customer services in person, can attend the Nhill Customer Service Centre at 92 Nelson Street, Nhill. Online services are available on our website or telephone 03 5391 4444 for assistance over the telephone.

Updated 14/12/2021