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Mayor Albert van ZettenMayor Albert van Zetten

His Worship the Mayor
Alderman Albert van Zetten

Email: mayor@launceston.tas.gov.au
Phone: 03 6323 3101
Mobile: 0413 671 926

Term expires as Mayor: 2018
Term expires as Alderman: 2018
First elected: 2005 

Mayor Albert van Zetten was first elected as an Alderman in 2005 and elected as Mayor in October 2007. His career includes more than 30 years as a chartered accountant, 18 years as Chief Executive Officer of Launceston City Mission, close involvement with multiple community organisations, and he is the Director of his own company.

Mayor van Zetten says his time in the City's highest public office has been driven by ongoing consultation with the community and his strong desire to see the City of Launceston continue to flourish and grow. Mayor van Zetten is regularly in attendance at community events and encourages conversation and the sharing of views about what is important to the people of Launceston.  

Council Committees: Strategic Planning and Policy, General Manager's Contract & Performance Review 
Special Committees:
NTCA Ground Management, QVMAG Governance Advisory Board
Other Committees: Launceston Flood Authority 
External Committees:
Local Government Association of Tasmania, Regional Capitals Australia, TasWater Owners Representatives, University of Tasmania Northern Campus Engagement and Advisory Group. 

 

 

Deputy Mayor Rob SowardDeputy Mayor Rob Soward

Alderman Rob Soward

Email: Rob.Soward@launceston.tas.gov.au
Mobile: 0402 357 536 

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

Alderman Rob Soward was first elected as an Alderman 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 also undertakes a role as Industry and Client Relations Manager with My Pathway, a local employment company that assists unemployed people in finding work. 

Alderman Soward holds a Bachelor of Education Degree and Masters Degree in Education. He is a past director of the Northern Tasmanian Football League and Connect Credit Union (My State Ltd) and served as an Australian Rules Football Coach for 22 years. Alderman Soward has been awarded the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize which has seen him represent Tasmania and Australia in Gallipoli, France and Belgium at a range of Commemorative ANZAC services. 

Alderman Soward is a White Ribbon Ambassador and a past member of the University of Tasmania's Alumni Committee. 

Council Committees: Strategic Planning and PolicyGeneral Manager's Contract & Performance Review  
Special Committees: 
Australia Day, Awards & Hall of Fame, Heritage Forest Advisory, Launceston Sister City, North Bank, QVMAG Governance Advisory Board
Other Committees: Launceston Flood Authority
External Committees: Local Government Association of Tasmania (proxy)

 

Alderman Robin McKendrickAlderman Robin McKendrick

Email: Robin.Mckendrick@launceston.tas.gov.au 
Mobile: 0419 873 413

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 1981 

Alderman McKendrick was first elected in 1981 and brings a wealth of experience to the Council as the City's longest serving Alderman. He served as Deputy Mayor in 1988, and has a retailing and investment background and strong sporting and community interests.

 

Council Committees: Strategic Planning and Policy, Economic Development
Special Committees: 
Launceston Sister City, Street Tree Advisory Group, Tender Review, Hobart/Launceston MOU
External Committees:
 Franklin House Management, Launceston College Association, Launceston Tramway Museum Society Inc, Launceston Road Safety Consultative  

 

 

 

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Email: Ted.Sands@launceston.tas.gov.au
Mobile: 0438 540 395 

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 1999 

Alderman Ted Sands was first elected in 1999 and served as an Alderman until 2002 before being re-elected in 2005. Alderman Sands has interests in landscaping, renovations, house building and fitness. 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

Alderman Hugh McKenzie Alderman Hugh McKenzie

Email: Hugh.Mckenzie@launceston.tas.gov.au
Mobile: 0418 132 442 

Alderman Hugh 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, and he remains a consultant to the firm.

Alderman McKenzie is a board member and chair of Primary Health Tasmania and a National and Regional Councillor for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He has been actively involved in many sports over the years, including football, cricket, tennis, golf and cycling, including as past president of the Stan Siejka Launceston Cycling Festival.

Alderman McKenzie has had a long involvement in education as a board member of Scotch Oakburn College for 17 years, of which six were as Chairman. He is also involved in a number of charities and community organisations, including the Moonbeam Children's Committee, the Cape Hope Foundation and the Tamar Valley Peace Trust. 

Council Committees: Strategic Planning and Policy, Economic Development 
Special Committees: Audit Panel, Tender Review, Code of Conduct, Heritage Advisory, Heritage Forest Advisory, Launceston Access Advisory (Chair), Pedestrian and Bike (Chair), Hobart/Launceston MOU
Other Committees: York Park and Inveresk Precinct Authority
External Committees: Australia Pacific Airports Launceston, Theatre North Inc, Tamar NRM Reference Group, University of Tasmania Northern Campus Engagement and Advisory Group

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Email: Jim.Cox@launceston.tas.gov.au
Mobile: 0437 072 486 

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2011

Alderman Jim Cox was elected in October 2011. He spent more than 20 years as a member of the Tasmanian Government, in which he held several key portfolios including Police and Emergency Management, and Road Safety - and he remains passionate about improving road safety Statewide. Alderman Cox sees his current role in Local Government as an opportunity to give something back to a community that has supported him for many decades. 

Council Committees: Strategic Planning and Policy, General Manager's Contract and Performance Review 
Special Committees: Launceston Sister City, Tender Review, Code of Conduct Panel, Street Tree Advisory Group
Other Committees: Municipal Emergency Management
External committees: Launceston Road Safety Consultative  

Alderman Danny GibsonAlderman Danny Gibson

Email: Danny.Gibson@launceston.tas.gov.au 
Mobile: 0407 096 597 

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2011

Alderman Danny Gibson was elected in October 2011. He is passionate about the City of 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 and currently teaches drama to the region's young people. He has been a long-time supporter of the city's arts sector, and believes Launceston's built and cultural heritage delivers important economic benefits to the city.

Council Committees: Strategic Planning and Policy
Special Committees: 
Australia Day, Awards & Hall of Fame, Events Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Community Grants (Organisations) Program, Heritage Advisory, Northern Youth Coordinating, Scholarship & Bursary
External Committees: Launceston Safer Communities Partnership, UTAS 125th Anniversary 

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Email: Janie.Finlay@launceston.tas.gov.au
Mobile: 0419 343 163 

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2000

Alderman Janie Finlay was first elected in 2000 and served as Mayor from 2002 to 2005 after being elected to the role at just 27 years of age. The youngest female mayor in Australian history, Alderman Finlay resigned from the Council in 2007 to pursue other interests and went on to serve as a Director of NAI Harcourts, Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Chairman of the Launceston Tornadoes. Alderman Finlay has also operated two award-winning small hospitality businesses and in 2015 partnered with a global health and wellness company with the aim of empowering people to live their best life possible with a healthy mind and body.

Alderman Finlay was re-elected to the Council in 2014, bringing her experience in the not-for-profit and business sectors back to the City of Launceston. Alderman Finlay has a strong focus on family, maintaining Launceston's unique character, a passion for good governance and says she 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.

Council Committees: Strategic Planning and Policy, General Manager's Contract and Performance Review, Economic Development
Special Committees: Audit Panel, Cataract Gorge Advisory, Heritage Advisory, North Bank, Launceston Access Advisory
External Committees: Launceston Safer Communities Partnership, Every Child Succeeds

Alderman Darren AlexanderAlderman Darren Alexander

Email: Darren.Alexander@launceston.tas.gov.au
Mobile: 0400 591 265

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2014

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

Alderman Alexander founded technology company Autech in Launceston in 1993, and today the multi-award-winning company employs a staff of 15 and has sold more than one million copies of its proprietary colour visualisation software. He 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.

Alderman Alexander 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 and Business Events Tasmania Board.

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

Council Committees: Strategic Planning and Policy, Economic Development, Tender Review, Hobart/Launceston MOU
Special Committees: Launceston City Heart Reference Group
Other Committees:
York Park and Inveresk Precinct Authority
External Committees:
Enterprize Tasmania Ltd

 

 

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Email: Simon.Wood@launceston.tas.gov.au
Mobile: 0408 341 279 

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2014

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

Alderman Wood 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, Alderman Wood and his wife are also raising their own young family in Launceston. 

First elected in 2014, Alderman Wood says he is determined to work with his fellow Aldermen and other stakeholders to ensure Launceston's social and economic future burns bright.

Council committees: Strategic Planning and Policy, General Manager's Contract and Performance Review
Special Committees: Australia Day Awards and Hall of Fame, Launceston City Heart Reference Group, North Bank, Tender Review, Youth Advisory
External Committees:
Cityprom Ltd, Franklin House Management; Every Child Succeeds, C8 Working Group (proxy) 

Alderman Emma WilliamsAlderman Emma Williams

Email: Emma.Williams@launceston.tas.gov.au
Mobile: 0417 076 371

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, she has a strong commitment to the health and sustainability of the Launceston community.

Alderman Williams is a supporter of volunteer-based activities and approaches that celebrate the diversity, culture and environment of the City of Launceston. 

Council Committees: Strategic Planning and Policy
Special Committees: Cataract Gorge Advisory, Community Grants (Organisations) Program, Events Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Scholarships and Bursary, Youth Advisory Group. 

 

 

Alderman Karina Stojansek

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Email: Karina.Stojansek@launceston.tas.gov.au
Mobile: 0419 572 808

Term expires: 2018
First elected: 2015

Alderman Karina Stojansek was elected in 2015, and has more than 20 years' senior management experience in small to medium organisations, most recently as the General Manager of a Statewide IT training organisation. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Tasmania and has extensive skills in accounting, human resources and business management. 

Alderman Stojansek is currently on the board of the local Steiner School and has served on various committees including RSPCA Tasmania, and the Trevallyn Tennis Club in the positions of President, Treasurer and Secretary.

She has been involved with the migrant community, delivering the Foot in the Door Program helping migrants find employment. 

Alderman Stojansek has a passion for community and believes strongly in the importance of health, family, an active lifestyle and building a vibrant, dynamic, connected and inclusive community.

Council Committees: Strategic Planning and Policy
Special Committees: Community Grants (Organisations) Program, Events Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Launceston City Heart Reference Group, Pedestrian and Bike, Youth Advisory Group
External Committees: Every Child Succeeds Committee, Ravenswood Action Group