Elected Members

Regional Councillors

The Resource Recovery Group's current elected members are:

Karen Wheatland - Chair, Regional Councillor

City of Melville

Cr Karen Wheatland is in her second term as an elected member, first being elected in 2017, at the City of Melville and is their representative on the Council.

She is the Resource Recovery Group’s representative on Municipal Waste Advisory Group, (MWAC).

Cr Wheatland is excited to participate in the waste sector as she identifies the opportunity to divert waste from landfill and in turn reducing the rate of growth of emissions from methane into the atmosphere. With more waste diversion through FOGO, the Resource Recovery Group has received credit through Federal Government approved carbon offsets, from composting the organic fraction of the waste stream from landfill to FOGO.

A strong advocate for FOGO, Cr Wheatland is looking forward to being a part of Resource Recovery Group and to help grow FOGO uptake that will give the Resource Recovery Group’s customers the opportunity to develop a new revenue stream from processing FOGO.


Hannah Fitzhardinge - Deputy Chair, Regional Councillor

City of Fremantle

Hannah Fitzhardinge was elected Mayor of Fremantle in 2021, having served as a Councillor since 2016.

A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Hannah has served on the Rottnest Island Board and the boards of Integral Development Pty Ltd, The Beehive Montessori School and ARTRAGE and brings extensive governance experience to the RRG table. Her professional experience has included leadership development, stakeholder engagement, communications, crisis and issues management and government relations.

In joining the RRG, Hannah hopes to continue the strong advocacy for best practice waste minimisation that has been a legacy of the City of Fremantle’s involvement in the organisation.


Andrew White - Regional Councillor

Town of East Fremantle

Cr Andrew White

Cr Andrew White is serving his second full term at the Town of East Fremantle and is proud to be representing East Fremantle in serving as a councillor on the Resource Recovery Group.

He has a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) degree and recently a Masters of Teaching degrees. He has spent much of his professional career as Professional Forester and managing and operating private and listed companies in Australia and Overseas. Cr White is nowadays involved in local government, the education sector, and assisting companies involved in establishing commercial carbon plantations interstate.

He is deeply committed to practically improving the environmental impacts of urban living, especially minimising heat sinks with urban tree planting, carbon reduction and most of all improving the drive to economical and efficient waste minimisation and the recovery and sale of utilisable products from waste.