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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. Their term of office is usually four years with half of the aldermen facing election every two years.
 
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Launceston City Council are elected by public vote at Council Election every two 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 582KB) 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)

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 Jeremy Ball
Alderman Annette Waddle
Alderman Tony Peck
Alderman Alderman Robin McKendrick
Alderman Ted Sands
Alderman Rosemary Armitage
Alderman Ian Norton
Alderman Rob Soward
Alderman Hugh McKenzie
Alderman Jim Cox
Alderman Danny Gibson
 


Mayor Albert van Zetten Albert%20van%20Zetten%20-%20Informal%282%29
Term expires as Mayor: 2013*
Term expires as Alderman: 2013*
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 Jeremy BallAlderman Ball 
Term expires as Deputy Mayor: 2013*
Term expires as Alderman: 2015
First elected: 2007
Elected Deputy Mayor: 2011
 
Alderman Ball was elected in November 2007 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Art (NIDA) and a Diploma of Business. He grew up in Launceston but spent most of his adult life studying and working interstate and overseas, spending time in Japan and Europe, and speaks French and Japanese. He last worked as the coordinator of an employment program he devised for migrants and refugees.

Council committees: Strategic Planning and Policy Committee and the General Manager's Contract and Performance Review Comittee.
Authorities: Nil.
Council internal committees:
Heritage Advisory Committee, Launceston Bike Committee, Street Tree Advisory Group and North Bank.
External committees: Tas Water and the Tamar Region NRM Group.
 
Contact details:
M 0407 443 800
    
 
 
Alderman Annette Waddle
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Term expires: 2015
First elected: 1989
 
Alderman Waddle was first elected in 1989. She held the position of Deputy Mayor from 1999 to 2005 and Acting Mayor from December 2001 to February 2002.
Alderman Waddle is using her artistic talents, making silk wedding bouquets and wedding flower arrangements. She is also a member of the Country Women’s Association Newham Branch.
 
Council committees: Strategic Planning and Policy Committee and the General Manager's Contract and Performance Review Comittee.
Authorities: Nil.
Council internal committees:
Events Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Community Grants Assessment Panel,Heritage Forest Advisory Committee and North Bank.
External committees:
Nil.
 
Contact details
M 0407 879 478
F 03 6326 8154
E Alderman Waddle
 

 
Alderman Tony Peck Tony%20Peck%20-%20Informal
Term expires: 2015
First elected: 1984
 
Alderman Peck was first elected in 1984. He served as Deputy Mayor from 1990 to 1993, and Mayor from 1993 to 1996. Alderman Peck has been actively involved in the tourism industry for many years and is the owner and operator of a motel in Launceston. He is also strongly involved in the building industry.
 
Council committees: Economic Development Committee, 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 and North Bank.
External committees:
Australia Pacific Airports Launceston and Cityprom Limited.
 
Contact details
T 03 6344 5811
M 0419 878 412
F 03 6343 5513
 


Alderman Robin McKendrick Alderman McKendrick
Term expires: 2013*

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 the Strategic 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 Sands Ted%20Sands%20-%20Informal%202%281%29
Term expires: 2013*
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 iIc.


Contact details:
M 0438 540 395
E Alderman Sands


Alderman Rosemary Armitage
Alderman ArmitageTerm expires: 2013*
First elected: 2005

Alderman Armitage was first elected as an Alderman in 2005 and held the position of Deputy Mayor from 2007 to 2009. Alderman Armitage is also part-time Executive Officer for the Northern Division of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Medical Association and is patron of the National Servicemen’s Association Australia – Launceston Sub Branch, Tasmanian Dog Training Club and the Launceston Musical Society.

Council committees: Strategic Planning and Policy Committee and the Code of Conduct Panel.
Authorities:
Nil.
Council internal committees:
Australia Day Awards and Hall of Fame Committee, Cataract Gorge Advisory Committee and the Youth Advisory Group.
External committees:
Launceston Festivale Committee.

Contact details:
T 03 6323 3000

M 0419 341 178
F 03 6323 3190
E Alderman Armitage


Alderman Ian NortonIan%20Norton%20-%20new
Term expires: 2013*
First Elected: 2007

Alderman Norton was elected in November 2007 after spending almost 29 years as Senior Preparator/Research Officer at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. In 1982 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research freeze-dry technology. Alderman Norton is CEO of Reptile Rescue Incorporated, a charity coordinating the safe relocation of errant snakes, and is currently researching a snake population at Wesley Vale.

Council committees: Strategic Planning and Policy Committee and the Code of Conduct Panel.
Authorities: Nil.
Council internal committees:
Australia Day Awards and Hall of Fame Committee, Cataract Gorge Advisory Committee, Events Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Community Grants Assessment Panel,Launceston Access Committee and the Youth Advisory Group.
External committees: Launceston College Association, Launceston Safer Communities Partnership and the Launceston Tramway Museum Society Inc.

Contact details:
M 0407 951 437

E Alderman Norton
  


Alderman Rob SowardAlderman Soward
Term expires: 2013*
First Elected: 2009

Alderman Rob Soward was elected in 2009. He has a strong community and sporting background including 18 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.
 
Council committees: Economic Development Committee, Finance and Audit Committee and the Strategic Planning and Policy Committee.
Authorities: Nil.
Council internal committees:
Events Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Launceston Sister City Committee and North Bank.
External committees:
 Nil. 

Contact details:
M 0402 357 536

E Alderman Soward
  


Alderman Hugh McKenzieAlderman McKenzie
Term expires: 2015
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:
M
0418 132 442

F 03 6337 3700
E Alderman McKenzie

Alderman Jim CoxAlderman Cox
Term expires: 2015
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:
T 03 6344 2569
F 03 6344 6952
E Alderman Cox

Alderman Danny GibsonAlderman Gibson
Term expires: 2015
First elected: 2011

Alderman Gibson was elected in October 2011. He is passionate about Launceston and has previously worked for the Education Department, Scotch Oakburn College and most recently, as the Promotions Manager at The Examiner Newspaper.  Having travelled extensively, Alderman Gibson is proud to have been educated and had so many enriching life opportunities within Northern Tasmania.  Danny is a supporter and leader of the arts and youth initiatives within our community.

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.

Contact details:
E Alderman Gibson
M 0407 096 597



* (Please note the 2013 local elections have been postponed until October 2014 after local government reforms were passed by Parliament)