Meet Us

Mayor Danny Gibson

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His Worship the Mayor

Term expires as Mayor: 2026

Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2011

 

Email: mayor@launceston.tas.gov.au

Phone: 03 6323 3101

Mobile: 0407 096 597 

Mayor Danny Gibson was first elected to the City of Launceston in October 2011.

Educated at Hagley Farm Primary School and St. Patricks College, Mayor Gibson is a proud Northern Tasmanian, who has enjoyed a career in print media, arts education, the small business sector, events and the performing arts.

He is a former Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year and has been involved in Rotary for many years.

Mayor Gibson has served as a volunteer, supporter and patron of many not-for-profit organisations and events and coordinated Launceston's family-friendly Carols by Candlelight event for eight years.

He has been involved in many significant community fundraisers, including for families affected by the 2013 Tasmanian bushfires.

Alongside his work in local government, Mayor Gibson continues to teach drama to Northern Tasmania's young people.

He has been a long-time supporter of the city's cultural sector and believes it delivers important economic and social benefits to the region.

Throughout his career, Mayor Gibson has directed or assisted more than 50 local theatre productions for a range of performing arts companies - many performed at Launceston's iconic Princess Theatre.

He is passionate about the City of Launceston and believes in evidence-based decision making, appropriate and sustainable development and enhancing the city's night-time economy and public art offerings.

The Mayor is proud to have been elected to the LGAT General Management Committee, effective June 2021.

Mayor Danny Gibson's overriding philosophy is, 'Love where you live.  Live where you love.'

Special Council Committees:  Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Governance Advisory Board

External Committees:  Communities for Children kanamaluka (in Launceston and the Tamar Valley), Launceston College Association, Local Government Association of Tasmania, TasWater Owners Representative

Mayor Danny Gibson is a Patron of:  St. Andrews Caledonian Pipe Band, Friends of the Library Launceston

Mayor Danny Gibson is a Vice Patron of:  Surf Life Saving Tasmania

Deputy Mayor Matthew Garwood

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Term expires as Deputy Mayor: 2026

Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2022

 

Email: matthew.garwood@launceston.tas.gov.au

Mobile: 0497 281 841

Living in the Northern Suburbs with his wife Michelle and 3 pups, Matthew is born and raised Launceston. With a heart for community and a passion for people, Matthew is heavily integrated into the Launceston municipality and also brings leadership experience with his current position as content director at LAFM/CHILLIFM.

Having performed around the country and represented the city around the world, Matthew has stepped up to represent the City Of Launceston and is honoured to be your Deputy Mayor.

Bringing a focus on communication and conversation, which isn't always just talking - it's also listening.

Special Committees: Community Grants (Organisations) Program, Event Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Launceston City Heart Reference Group, Northern Youth Coordinating Committee, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Governance Advisory Board (proxy), Youth Advisory Group.

External Committees: Local Government Association of Tasmania (proxy).

Councillor George Razay

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Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2022

 

Email: george.razay@launceston.tas.gov.au

Phone:  6323 3000

Councillor, Doctor and Clinical Associate Professor George Razay was elected in October 2022. He has spent the last 25 years working as a General Physician and Geriatrician, Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic and Dementia Research Centre at the Launceston General Hospital, Clinical School of Medicine, University of Tasmania.  He was a 2021 Tasmanian Australian of the Year nominee.

Dr Razay’s research has contributed greatly to increasing our understanding of the risk factors and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. His research was the first to report: a) the link between obesity, abdominal obesity, the metabolic syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease; b) improvement in cognitive and physical functioning following exercise in Alzheimer’s disease and; c) the high incidence of idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, a treatable form of dementia that is often misdiagnosed and that can be treated with shunt surgery which improves cognition, balance, and gait.

Dr Razay was active in raising funds for the Clifford Craig Foundation and provided education to the community through regular public lectures and media interviews.  He was also the Patron of B4X (Before X generation) group (2005-2010), whose main aims included promoting healthy living and raising funding for medical research.

 He was the Tasmanian representative in the Clinical Reference Group of the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council Care of Older Australians Working Group in 2003-04. He was also a member of the Clinical Reference Group for Tasmania Dementia Care Plan 2000 and beyond, and also participated in a state-wide review of geriatric and rehabilitation services in 2002.

Dr Razay is proud to serve the Launceston City as a councillor. His campaign goals included promoting a healthy and active community, combating traffic congestion and air pollution, supporting the homeless people, improving the Tamar River, revitalising the city centre, promoting respect for our seniors and supporting the young generation.

Special Committees: Launceston City Heart Reference Group, Homelessness Advisory Committee.Councillor, Doctor and Clinical Associate Professor George Razay was elected in October 2022. He has spent the last 25 years working as a General Physician and Geriatrician, Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic and Dementia Research Centre at the Launceston General Hospital, Clinical School of Medicine, University of Tasmania.  He was a 2021 Tasmanian Australian of the Year nominee.

Councillor Joe Pentridge

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Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2022

 

Email: joe.pentridge@launceston.tas.gov.au

Mobile: 0418 133 304

Councillor Hugh McKenzie

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Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2011

 

Email: Hugh.Mckenzie@launceston.tas.gov.au

Mobile: 0418 132 442

Councillor Hugh McKenzie was elected in October 2011. He comes from a strong business background, having been a partner in business advisory firm KPMG for 24 years. Since retiring from that position in 2011 he has spent the past 11 years giving back to his community in a variety of ways, not the least in his role as Councillor.

He determined, in order to do this role, the way he wanted (which is full commitment) he needed to be free from a permanent fulltime role and as such now focusses on Board positions and community roles outside his councillor duties.

In the theme of giving back, he sits as the Council endorsed Director and current Chair on the Launceston Airport, is the President of the Board of Management for the Northern Suburbs Community Centre, is the Chair of the Cape Hope Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that funds “hand up” type projects in the Northern Tasmania region including scholarships for disadvantaged young people and a board member of The Hobart Clinic.

He was previously the Chair of Primary Health Tasmania, Chair of Scotch Oakburn College Chair of Cornerstone Youth Services (headspace), a founding Trustee of the Tamar Valley Peace Trust, State Chair and National Committee member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ), board member of the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority.

He is an avid sports fan who has participated in football (Australian Rules), cricket, tennis, golf and cycling, including as past President of the Stan Siejka Cycling Festival.

He lives by the motto of “don’t say, do” as actions speak louder than words.

Special Council Committees: Tender Review Committee

Special Committees: Audit Panel, Municipal Emergency Management Committee.

External Committees: Australian Pacific Airports Launceston, Theatre North Inc., University of Tasmania Northern Campus Engagement and Advisory Group.

 

 

Councillor Andrea Dawkins

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Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2014

 

Email: andrea.dawkins@launceston.tas.gov.au

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, placemaking and animal welfare.

In her 2022 campaign Andrea highlighted the need for further community conversations around a clean air strategy for the valley, pursuing regulation removing of single-use-plastics from our local government area and the importance of furthering investigations regarding  confining cats to property for biosecurity and safety reasons.

Special Committees: Access Advisory Committee

External Committees: Newstead College Association

 

Councillor Andrew Palmer

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Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2022

 

Email: andrew.palmer@launceston.tas.gov.au

Mobile: 0428 379 739

Andrew Palmer was elected to the City of Launceston Council in October 2022.

Andrew is passionate about Launceston and growing opportunities in our region.

He loves this city and its people and as a husband, a dad and small business owner, wants to see our community continue to thrive.

Andrew has been and will continue to listen to the concerns and aspirations of residents.

He brings a wide range of experience to the council table including 17 years as a small business owner (Palmer’s Dance Studio) and knows the value of supporting employers and employees in our diverse local economy.

Andrew has a passion and deep understanding of Tasmania’s growing arts and cultural sector and has been a great supporter of local charities for many years.

He is married to Jo, and they are very proud parents of four.

Special Council Committees: Community Grants (Organisations) Program, Event Sponsorship Assessment Panel, Launceston Sister City, Scholarships and Bursary Committee.

 

Councillor Lindi McMahon

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Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2022

 

Emaillindi.mcmahon@launceston.tas.gov.au

Mobile: 0488 771 634

A local business owner of Hope & Me in the Quadrant Mall for 13 years, Camp Quality companion 10 years, Cityprom Board member for five years - three as Chairperson, Marketing Committee for four years - three as Chairperson, Governance committee member  for two years.

Completion of Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, creator of the 'Get Vocal Buy Local' initiative and facilitator of  'Lifting the Lid on Mental Health' information sharing platform.

A previous member of the City of Launceston Lions Club 5 years, 1 year as Treasurer. Winner Launceston Chamber of Commerce Retail Entrepreneur Award 2018, S Group Top 5 #Wonder100 Wonderchaser 2018, Finalist Telstra Business Women's Award 2019.

Creator of the free community event 'The Mad Hatters Twilight Festival' running for six years prior to COVID. Real experience in finance, governance, marketing, events and community engagement. A committed community leader, dedicated to understanding the challenges and barriers of all our people.

Passionate about Launceston, its businesses and people and looking forward to having a positive impact on the future success of our municipality. People Passion Purpose

Special Council Committees: Cataract Gorge Advisory Committee, Community Grants (Organisations) Program, Events Sponsorship Assessment Panel (Chair), Youth Advisory Group.

External Committees: Launceston Safer Communities Partnership.

 

Councillor Alan Harris

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Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2018

 

Email: alan.harris@launceston.tas.gov.au

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 two adult children and his interests include community service through Rotary, cycling and classic motorcycles.

Councillor Harris has a wealth of business knowledge and skills, gained over a 40-year career working as a Senior Executive in Telstra, Federal politics and 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 International Exchange team to Denmark in 2012. He is the past Chairman of the Carrick Community Committee and the Southern Launceston Community Development committee.

Councillor Harris is committed to bringing new ideas, a strong business acumen and leadership to the Council. He supports the establishment of an independent authority to manage all aspects of the Tamar River and help "fix the mud", the introduction of 60-minute free parking in CBD Council owned car parks, expanded CBD pedestrian areas, increased street trees in the city, new dedicated off-road cycle paths throughout the city and improved traffic flow management around the city.

Special Council Committees: Launceston City Heart Reference Group, Tender Review Committee, Transport Committee (Chair).

External Committees: Economic Development Working Group, Franklin House Management Committee, University of Tasmania Northern Campus Engagement and Advisory Group.

 

Councillor Tim Walker

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Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2018

 

Email: tim.walker@launceston.tas.gov.au

Mobile: 0429 137 084

Councillor Susie Cai

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Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2022

 

Email: susie.cai@launceston.tas.gov.au

Phone: 0488 768 581

Susie has lived in Launceston for 35 years, arriving with her family from China in 1987. She was a student at Glen Dhu Primary School, Queechy High School and Launceston College.

Together with her husband, George, Susie built a successful small business, the Golden Brumby Chinese restaurant and raised three children.

Susie has worked in the restaurant industry for 35 years. At age 13 she worked seven nights a week helping her parents run the Hoong Fatt Chinese Restaurant seven nights a week while attending school.

I believe in equality, ensuring minorities like migrants and LGBTIQ+ get a voice.

My goal for this journey is to represent my community, the people of the city of Launceston, by working towards more openness within council about decision-making processes as I strive to ensure there is fairness in representation.

I am honoured to be part of a great team, representative of Launceston's people. I look forward to us working together, continuing to make Launceston a great place to live.

Special Council Committees: Heritage Advisory Committee, Scholarships and Bursary Committee.

External Committees: Launceston Safer Communities Partnership

Councillor Alex Britton

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Term expires as Councillor: 2026

First elected: 2022

 

Email: alex.britton@launceston.tas.gov.au

Mobile: 0488 308 337