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Mayor and Aldermen

The Launceston City Council consists of 12 aldermen elected by the community. 

On 21 March 1994, following the introduction of the new Local Government Act 1993 (January 1994) the Launceston City Council reaffirmed that its elected members be called aldermen instead of councillors. From October 2014, Aldermen serve a four-year term of office.
 
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Launceston City Council are likewise elected by public vote at Council Election every four years. The elected candidate must also be elected as an Alderman to be eligible for the position.

Information for voters at Launceston City Council Elections

There is a Code of Conduct for Aldermen (PDF 420KB) that the Aldermen must adhere to.
 
The Council will reimburse expenditure incurred by the Aldermen in undertaking their role as an Alderman on behalf of the Council. Mayor and Aldermens Expenses Resources Policy (PDF 64KB)

Guidelines are provided to Aldermen with regard to accurate records being made, of activities and decisions of Aldermen, undertaken whilst acting in their official capacity on behalf of the Council.  Record Keeping for Alderment Policy (PDF 25KB)

For information on previous Mayors and Aldermen please email the Council.

The current Aldermen of the Launceston City Council are:
Mayor Albert van Zetten
Deputy Mayor Rob Soward
Alderman Robin McKendrick
Alderman Ted Sands
Alderman Hugh McKenzie
Alderman Jim Cox
Alderman Danny Gibson
Alderman Janie Finlay
Alderman Darren Alexander
Alderman Andrea Dawkins
Alderman Simon Wood
Alderman Emma Williams
 



Mayor Albert van Zetten
Mayor Albert van Zetten
Term expires as Mayor: 2018
Term expires as Alderman: 2018
First elected: 2005
Elected Mayor: 2007
 
Alderman van Zetten was first elected in 2005 and elected as Mayor in October 2007. He has spent 17 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Launceston City Mission
and is the Director of his own company. Alderman van Zetten has had over 30 years of experience as a chartered accountant and has been actively involved with several community organisations.
 
Council committees: Finance and Audit Committee, Strategic Planning and Policy Committee and the General Manager's Contract and Performance Review Comittee.
Authorities:
Launceston Flood Authority.
Council internal committees: Australia Day Awards and Hall of Fame Committee, Heritage Advisory Committee, QVMAG Governance Advisory Board and the NTCA Ground Management Committee.
External committees: Tas Water, Northern Tasmania Development - Shareholder Group, and the Northern Tasmania Development Local - Government Committee.
 
Contact details:
T 03 6323 3101
M 0413 671 926
F 03 6323 3125
Mayor 
  

 

Deputy Mayor Alderman Rob SowardDeputy Mayor Rob Soward

Term expires as Deputy Mayor: 2018
Term expires as Alderman: 2018
First Elected: 2009
Elected Deputy Mayor: 2014

Alderman Rob Soward was elected in 2009, and elected as Deputy Mayor in 2014. He has a strong community and sporting background including 24 years as a teacher with the Department of Education. Alderman Soward holds a Bachelor of Education degree and Master of Education degree. Alderman Soward is a past director of the Northern Tasmanian Football League, a past director of Connect (My State Ltd) and was an Australian Rules Football Coach for 16 years. In 2009, Alderman Soward was awarded the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize which saw him represent Tasmania and Australia in Gallipoli, France and Belgium at a range of Commemorative ANZAC services.
Alderman Soward is a Director of the Western Storm Football Club, a White Ribbon Ambassador, and a past member of the University of Tasmania's Alumni Committee.
Council committees: Economic Development Committee, Finance and Audit Committee and the Strategic Planning and Policy Committee.Authorities: Nil. Council internal committees: Launceston Sister City Committee and North Bank. External committees: Nil.

Contact details:
M 0402 357 536

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Alderman Robin McKendrick Alderman Robin McKendrick

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 1981

Alderman McKendrick was first elected in 1981. In 1988 he served as Deputy Mayor. Alderman McKendrick has a retailing and investment background and strong sporting and community interests.
Council committees: Economic Development Committee and theStrategic Planning and Policy Committee. Authorities: York Park and Inveresk Precinct Authority. Council internal committees: Nil. External committees: Franklin House Management Committee and the Launceston General Hospital Consumer Reference Group.

Contact details:
M 0419 873 413



Alderman Ted SandsAlderman Ted Sands

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 1999  

Alderman Sands was first elected in 1999. He served as an Alderman until 2002 and was re-elected in 2005. Alderman Sands has interests in landscaping, renovations, house building and fitness training. He is also heavily involved in the community, assisting older Australians with their day-to-day activities and delivering meals on wheels.

Council committees: Strategic Planning and Policy Committee. Authorities: Nil. Council internal committees: Scholarships and Bursary Committee. External committees: Theatre North.

Contact details:
M 0438 540 395
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Alderman Hugh McKenzieAlderman Hugh McKenzie


Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2011

Alderman McKenzie was elected in October 2011. He is a chartered accountant and was a partner in accounting and business advisory firm KPMG for 24 years, until his retirement in June 2011. He continues as a consultant to the firm. In addition he is a board member of the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority and a Regional Councillor for the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has been actively involved in many sports over the years, including football, cricket, tennis, golf and cycling, including the role as past president of the Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Classic. He has also had a long involvement in education as a board member of Scotch Oakburn College for 17 years of which six of those were as Chairman.

Council committees: Economic Development Committee, Finance and Audit Committee, Strategic Planning and Policy Committee, Tender Review Committee and the Code of Conduct Panel. Authorities: York Park and Inveresk Precinct Authority.Council internal committees: Launceston Access Committee and the Launceston Bike Committee. External committees: Nil.

Contact details:
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0418 132 442

F 03 6337 3700
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Alderman Jim CoxAlderman Jim Cox


Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2011
 
Alderman Cox was elected in October 2011. He spent more that 20 years as a member of the Tasmanian Government having held several portfolios including Road Safety, to which he still has a strong passion for. He sees his new role as Alderman as an opportunity to give something back to a community that has supported him for many years.


Council committees:
Strategic Planning and Policy Committee, Tender Review Committee and the General Manager's Contract and Performance Review Comittee. Authorities: Nil. Council internal committees: Launceston Sister City Committee, Street Tree Advisory Group and the Municipal Emergency Management Committee. External committees: Nil.
Contact details:
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03 6344 2569
F 03 6344 6952
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Alderman Danny GibsonAlderman Danny Gibson

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2011


Alderman Gibson was elected in October 2011. He is committed to Launceston, having enjoyed a professional career in Northern Tasmania in education, media and the arts.
Alderman Gibson is a volunteer, supporter and patron of many not-for-profit organisations within Northern Tasmania and currently teaches drama to the region's young people.
Danny has been a long-time supporter of the city's arts sector, and believes Launceston's heritage delivers important economic benefits to the city.

 

Council committees: Strategic Planning and Policy Committee and the Tender Review Committee. Authorities: Nil. Council internal committees: Australia Day Awards and hall of Fame Committee, Events Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Community Grants Assessment Panel, Northern Youth Coordinating Committee, Scholarships and Bursary Committee and the Youth Advisory Group.External committees: Launceston Safer Communities Partnership and UTAS125th Anniversary Advisory Committee.

Contact details:
 
M 0407 096 597
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Alderman Janie FinlayAlderman Janie Finlay


Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2000

Janie was first elected to the Launceston City Council in 2000, and served as Mayor from 2002 to 2005. Elected Mayor at just 27 years old, Janie was the youngest female mayor ever to serve in Australia. In 2007, she resigned from the Council to pursue other interests, including serving as a Director of NAI Harcourts, a Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Chairman of the Launceston Tornadoes. Janie also operated two award winning small hospitality businesses and currently supports her family's building business.
Janie stood for Council again in 2014 and was elected an Alderman, bringing her experience in the not-for-profit and business sectors back to the Launceston City Council.
She has a strong focus on family, maintaining Launceston's unique character, a passion for good governance and is committed to working with local businesses and the community to ensure Launceston is regarded as the place where everyone is supported to live their best possible life.

Contact details:
M  0419 343 163
E Alderman Finlay
 
 



Alderman Darren AlexanderAlderman Darren Alexander

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2014

Darren has been a vocal advocate for the State's ICT industry for more than a decade, and has represented the sector on numerous boards and committees.

In 1993, Darren founded technology company Autech in Launceston. Today, the multi-award-winning company employs a staff of nearly 20 and has sold more than one million copies of its proprietary colour visualisation software.

Darren has a passion for small business and the National Broadband Network and in 2013 was appointed a "Digital Champion" of the NBN by the Prime Minister.

He has variously served as Director of the Department of State Growth's Tasmanian Development Board, a member of the Brand Tasmania Council, as president of TAS ICT and a vice chairman of the Digital Futures Advisory Council.

First elected to the Launceston City Council in 2014, Darren believes a strong private sector is vital to the succcess of the Northern Tasmanian region.

Contact details:
M 0400 591 265
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Alderman Andrea DawkinsAlderman Andrea Dawkins

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2014

Alderman Andrea Dawkins was elected in November 2014. She campaigned as a progressive and active voice for Launceston. Her background is in small business, having developed Fresh on Charles over 14 years from a six table café to a hybrid social enterprise. Fresh linked community interests to a vibrant network of ideas and shared resources. Andrea intends to use this model of collaboration to strengthen Launceston’s financial and social capital. She is the current manager of Harvest Launceston, our Community Farmers’ Market.

Contact details:
M 0438 346 445
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Alderman Simon WoodAlderman Simon Wood


Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2014

With more than 20 years' experience in Launceston as a small business operator, Simon is a strong supporter of Northern Tasmania's private sector.

Simon believes it is vital to create new employment and study options for Northern Tasmania's young people, and an environment which provides future opportunities for young people right here in Tasmania.
Along with serving on several boards and school committees, and undertaking advocacy work for Northern Tasmania's small business sector, Simon and his wife are also raising their own young family in Launceston.
First elected in 2014, Simon is determined to work with his fellow Aldermen and other stakeholders to ensure Launceston's social and economic future burn bright.

Contact details:
M 0408 341 279
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Alderman Emma WilliamsAlderman Emma Williams


Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2014

Alderman Emma Williams was elected in November 2014. With a background in environmental science, natural resource management and international community development, Emma has a strong commitment to the health and sustainability of the Launceston community. She is a supporter of volunteer-based activities and approaches that celebrate the diversity, culture and environment of the City of Launceston.

Contact details
M 0417 076 371
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