Member councils

The Eastern Region Group of Councils (ERG) is a representative regional body whose membership comprises six local government authorities of eastern metropolitan Melbourne: Knox, ManninghamMaroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges.

The ERG works collaboratively on issues on common significance, importance and priority through advocacy, protection, research and integrated planning on behalf of the communities of the eastern metropolitan region. The collaborative intent of the ERG is based on building regional leverage as a cumulative motive force.


We work collaboratively on issues of common significance, importance and priority through advocacy, research and integrated planning on behalf of the communities of the eastern region.

We collectively pursue:

  • Better community outcomes in a high demand environment.
  • Service effectiveness and efficiency in a resource constrained environment.

We will achieve this through:

  • Integrated planning (built and social).
  • Joint procurement and shared services.
  • Advocacy.

Chairperson 2019

Cr Jake Keogh 

Cr Jake Keogh is the Mayor of Knox City Council, covering 11 suburbs across Melbourne’s outer east and into the foothills of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges.

Jake was elected in 2016 as a local Councillor for the Dobson Ward where he represents the communities of Lysterfield, Ferntree Gully and Upper Ferntree Gully. In 2017/18 Jake became the Council’s Deputy Mayor and, in 2018/19, is now the city-wide leader.

Jake is proud to be born and raised in the Knox area. He attended St Joseph’s College in Ferntree Gully where he was an active member of the Junior School Council as well as taking on the role of year level captain during his schooling. Throughout his schooling years Jake was involved in a wide variety of community events and activities. He fondly remembers participating in Scouts in Boronia and playing Junior Football for The Basin, he also served as a swimming instructor and remains involved in local charity work.

These days, between representing Knox at the local, State and Federal level, Mayor Keogh is busy completing his final year of studies at Deakin University for qualifications in law and criminology. He is currently president of the Ringwood Football Club and coaches a junior team. Jake remains invested in local community matters particularly sport and recreation, youth services and ensuring community facilities and events are inclusive and welcoming to all people.

Cr Bill Bennett 
Deputy Chair

Cr Bill Bennett was re-elected to Council for his second term in October, 2016. His tertiary qualifications include Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from RMIT and a Diploma of Renewable Energy from Swinburne University. Cr Bennett is married and has 2 sons.

He has lived in the City of Whitehorse since 1971 and is an active member of the community with memberships to the Lions Club of South Vermont, Vermont Men’s Shed, Nunawading Community Gardens and the Alternative Technology Association.

His interests include urban design, solar installations and saving water within the community.

Cr Peter Lockwood 
Deputy Mayor, Knox City Council

Cr Rob Steane 
Mayor, Maroondah City Council

Cr Kylie Spears 
Deputy Mayor, Maroondah City Council

Cr Shane McCluskey 
Mayor, Monash  City Council

Cr Rebecca Paterson 
Monash City Council

Cr Sharon Ellis 
Whitehorse City Council

Cr Paula Piccinini
Mayor, Manningham Council

Cr Anna Chen
Deputy Mayor, Manningham Council

Cr Tony Stevenson 
Mayor, Yarra Ranges Council

Cr Richard Higgins 
Deputy Mayor, Yarra Ranges Council

Tony Doyle 
Chief Executive Officer
Knox City Council

Steve Kozlowski 
Chief Executive Officer
Maroondah City Council

Dr Andi Diamond 
Chief Executive Officer
Monash City Council

Noelene Duff 
Chief Executive Officer
Whitehorse City Council

Andrew Day 
Chief Executive Officer
Manningham Council

Tammi Rose 
Chief Executive Officer
Yarra Ranges Council

Claire Anderson 

ERG Secretariat
Executive Officer

Nikki Steegstra

ERG Secretariat
Administration Officer – Executive Support

The eastern region of Melbourne stretches from the leafy middle and outer ring suburbs such as Glen Waverley, Doncaster, Box Hill and Ringwood, to townships like Yarra Junction and Olinda in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Characterised by the transition from well-established suburbs to semi-rural and rural landscapes, the eastern region includes the six local government areas of Monash, Whitehorse, Knox, Maroondah, Manningham and Yarra Ranges.

The region is the traditional home of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations.

Residents enjoy a choice of health and recreation facilities, local and regional shopping destinations, and access to leading schools, universities and other tertiary institutions.

The region’s economy is significant, containing 16% of Greater Melbourne’s jobs and a contribution of $54,522 million Gross Regional Product (GRP), or 16% of Melbourne’s total.

Regional Profile Fact Sheet
Download the PDF for more information on our Regional Profile.

Knox population
Maroondah population
Monash population
Whitehorse population
Manningham population
Yarra Ranges population

Total population (people)


(19% of Greater Melbourne’s 4,843,781)

Total land area (hectares)


(31% of Greater Melbourne’s 999,251 hectares)

Gross regional product ($M)


(16% of Greater Melbourne’s $342,189)

Each Council is represented by its Mayor, Deputy Mayor or second Councillor, and the CEO. The ERG is supported by the ERG Secretariat.

The ERG elects a Chair and Deputy Chair to preside over the ERG for the full year commencing in December each year. CEOs and the ERG Secretariat are ex-officio attending members of the ERG; voting rights are held by Councillor members only.

The ERG meets six times per year. The next meeting date is Friday 23rd August 2019.
The ERG’s work is guided by the (draft) ERG Strategic Plan 2018-2021

The ERG works closely with other regional groups in the East, including: