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Mayor Albert van Zetten

Mayor Albert van Zetten

His Worship the Mayor

Term expires as Mayor: 2022
Term expires as Councillor: 2022
First elected: 2005 


Phone: 03 6323 3101
Mobile: 0413 671 926


Mayor Albert van Zetten is in his fourth term as Mayor, after being elected as an Alderman in 2005 and then 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 and close involvement with multiple community organisations.

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.

In his view, Greater Launceston is the right size to be one of the great regional cities in the world: it is small enough to manage and large enough to matter.  It has existing assets and strengths that are being built upon.  Our challenge is to work together and engage the wider community - to mobilise the community as active citizens rather than critics.


Council Committees: General Manager's Contract & Performance Review.

Special Committees: NTCA Ground Management, QVMAG Governance Advisory Board, Launceston City Heart Reference Group.

External Committees: Local Government Association of Tasmania, TasWater Owners Representatives.



Deputy Mayor Danny Gibson

Alderman Danny Gibson

Term expires as Deputy Mayor: 2022
Term expires as Councillor: 2022
First elected: 2011


Mobile: 0407 096 597 


Councillor 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.

Councillor 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 cultural sector and believes it delivers important economic benefits to the region.

Council Committees: General Manager's Contract & Performance Review.

Special Committees: Australia Day, Awards & Hall of Fame, Events Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Community Grants (Organisations). Program, Northern Youth Coordinating, Scholarship & Bursary, Launceston Sister City Committee, .Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Governance Advisory Board.

External Committees: Launceston Safer Communities Partnership, Launceston College Association, Local Government Association of Tasmania.


Councillor Janie Finlay


Term expires: 2022
First elected: 2000


Mobile: 0419 343 163


 Councillor 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, Councillor 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. Councillor Finlay has also operated two award-winning small hospitality businesses and in 2015 partnered with a global health and wellness company.

Councillor 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. Councillor Finlay has a strong focus on family, maintaining Launceston's unique character and a passion for good governance. Councillor Finlay is committed to working with leading organisations and community members to see Launceston become one of the great regional cities of the world.

Council Committees: General Manager's Contract and Performance Review.

Special Committees: Audit Panel, Cataract Gorge Advisory, Heritage Advisory, North Bank, Launceston City Heart Reference Group.

External Committees: Launceston Safer Communities Partnership, Newstead College Association, University of Tasmania Northern Campus Engagement and Advisory Group, Economic Development Working Group.

Councillor Andrea Dawkins

Alderman Dawkins

Term expires: 2022
First elected: 2014 


Mobile: 0438 346 445


Andrea Dawkins was first elected to City of Launceston in 2014, leading to a stint in state parliament from 2015 to 2018.  Andrea has over 20 years in small business, having strengths in social enterprise and placemaking. Andrea campaigned on waste reduction and a local food security plan for the LGA, and hopes to build positive relationships across the council table to build successful outcomes. 

Special Committees: Australia Day, Access Advisory Committee, Scholarly and Bursary Committee.

External Committees: Design Tasmania.

Councillor Nick Daking

Nick Daking

Term expires: 2022
First elected: 2018 



Mobile: 0499 225 568


Nick Daking is a Launceston local and extremely passionate about Launceston as a city, its business community, and its citizens. Nick wants to ensure that Launceston is a city full of opportunity, and is motivated to help make the changes necessary for Launceston to become one of the most liveable cities in Australia.

Nick enjoyed a fantastic childhood growing up in Launceston and believes it is one he would like his children to experience. Nick loves the lifestyle Launceston offers and plans on calling Launceston home for many years to come. Nick has an Advanced Diploma in Civil Engineering and for many years working with an International Funds Manager where he specialised in finance construction with large developments across the country.

Nick has spent years building and managing hospitality businesses within in Launceston and during this time he has also been an active Board member of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association.

Special Committees: Event Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Launceston City Heart Reference Group,  Tender Review Committee, Youth Advisory Group.

External Committees: Economic Development Working Group.


Councillor Hugh McKenzie

Alderman Hugh McKenzie 

Term expires: 2022
First elected: 2011 


Mobile: 0418 132 442


Councillor 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.

Councillor 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.

Councillor 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 Cape Hope Foundation and the Tamar Valley Peace Trust. 


Special Committees: Audit Panel, Tender Review, Heritage Advisory, Heritage Forest Advisory, Launceston Access Advisory (Chair), Pedestrian and Bike (Chair).

External Committees: Australia Pacific Airports Launceston, Theatre North Inc, Tamar NRM Reference Group, University of Tasmania Northern Campus Engagement and Advisory Group, Economic Development Working Group.

Councillor Karina Stojansek


Term expires: 2022
First elected: 2015


Mobile: 0419 572 808


Councillor 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. 

Councillor 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. 

Councillor 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.

Special Committees: Community Grants (Organisations) Program, Events Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Launceston City Heart Reference Group, Pedestrian and Bike, Youth Advisory Group, Launceston Sister City Committee.

External Committees: Every Child Succeeds Committee, Ravenswood Action Group.


Councillor Rob Soward

Deputy Mayor Rob Soward

 Term expires: 2022

First Elected: 2009


Mobile: 0402 357 536


Councillor 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. Councillor 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. Councillor 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. 

Councillor Soward currently works in the employment sector assisting people to gain employment. 

Council Committees: General Manager's Contract & Performance Review.
Special Committees: 
Australia Day, Awards & Hall of Fame, Heritage Forest Advisory, Launceston Sister City Committee, North Bank, QVMAG Governance Advisory Board (proxy).
External Committees: Local Government Association of Tasmania (proxy).


Councillor Paul Spencer 
Paul Spencer

Term expires: 2022
First elected: 2018 


Mobile: 0418 133 404


Councillor Paul Spencer was elected in November 2018.  He is happily married to wife Margy and has been for 37 years.   Together they have 5 adult sons and 5 grandchildren.  Councillor Spencer has been a hard-working electrician for 43 years and self-employed in his own successful business for 28 years.  Councillor Spencer has employed many apprentices and worked with varied tradespeople on jobs from heavy industrial to residential projects.  His interests include restoring cars, motor racing, farming and spending time with his family.

Councillor Spencer is driven by his desire to provide a fair go for all and to help people from all walks of life.  He is committed to his election promises of introducing a fair tender process and ensuring Council is transparent and fair in all its processes. 

Council Committees: General Manager's Contract & Performance Review.

Special Committees: Tender Review.

External Committees: Launceston Safer Communities Partnership.


Councillor Jim Cox


Term expires: 2022
First elected: 2011


Mobile: 0437 072 486 


Councillor 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. Councillor 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: General Manager's Contract and Performance Review.

Special Committees: Municipal Emergency Management Committee.

Special Committees: Launceston Sister City, Tender Review.

Councillor Alan Harris

Alan Harris.pngTerm expires: 2022

First elected: 2018



Mobile:0418 130 616


Councillor Alan Harris was first elected to Council in 2018. Councillor Harris was born, educated and lives in Launceston. He is married to Katrina with 2 adult children and his interests include community service through Rotary, cycling, classic motorcycles & cars. Councillor Harris has a wealth of business knowledge & skills, gained over a 40-year career working as a Senior Executive in Telstra, Federal politics & Aged Care.

Councillor Harris has been an active Rotarian since 2003, holding many leadership positions including Club President, Secretary, Assistant District Governor and leading a Rotary Exchange team to Denmark in 2012. He is the past Chairman of the Carrick Community Committee & the current Chairman of the Southern Launceston Community Development committee.

Councillor Harris brings fresh perspective, new ideas & strong leadership to Council and supports the introduction of 90-minute free parking in CBD Council car parks & new expanded pedestrian zones and improving traffic flow throughout the city.

Special Committees: Cataract Gorge Advisory Committee, Launceston City Heart Reference Group, Pedestrian and Bike Committee.

External Committees: Franklin House Management Committee, Newstead College Association.

Councillor Tim Walker

Term expires: 2022Tim Walker.png

First elected: 2018


Mobile: 0490 250 016


Councillor Tim Walker was elected in 2018 and is a former ABC reporter and current adviser to Senator Peter Whish-Wilson. He would like to see Launceston continue becoming a more inclusive and sustainable community. He has an active interest in heritage, arts and protecting our environment.

Tim knows Launceston faces big challenges in terms of population growth, traffic management and housing availability and affordability, and looks forward to working with the broader community to find long-term solutions that are sustainable and inclusive. This includes increasing public transport and dedicated cycleways, affordable and sustainable housing, improving waste recycling and environmental pollution, acknowledging Tasmanian Aboriginal aspirations, improving the Tamar estuary, local fresh food security and thoughtful urban development that does not detract from our enviable and unique community.

Tim looks forward to serving the City of Launceston and to hearing from you about your ideas or concerns.

Council Committees: General Manager's Contract & Performance Review.

Special Committees: Cataract Gorge Advisory Committee, Community Grants (Organisations), Heritage Advisory Committee.

External Committees: Tamar NRM Reference Group, Economic Development Working Group.