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Local Government by-election

Launceston City Council

Instructions and candidate statements

Accessible HTML format. Statements are also available in PDF format with candidate photos and web links.

Voting is now compulsory

Your vote must be received by 2pm on Tuesday 11 July 2023

Don’t delay – late votes won’t be counted!


There is 1 by-election being held for Launceston City Council:

As well as this booklet, your postal ballot pack contains:

The successful candidate for mayor must also be a current councillor to be able to accept this office.

The mayor you elect will serve until October 2026.

For further information, help, or to learn about the TEC’s Impartial Assisted Voting Service, scan the QR code (not available in this online accessible version of booklet) below to visit the TEC website or call 1800 801 701.

Postal services take a number of days, so it is important to complete and return your vote now.

Your vote must be received by 2pm Tuesday 11 July 2023

Failure to vote may incur a fine.


Follow these five easy steps:

1. Get to know the candidates

Candidates were invited to provide a statement and photo for your consideration*.

Statements appear in alphabetical order but the names on the ballot papers are rotated.

The online version of this booklet contains web links where provided by candidates.

2. Record your vote

Number the boxes on the ballot paper from 1 onwards in the order of your choice.

3. Make your vote secret

Put your completed ballot paper in the ballot paper envelope and seal it securely.

4. Validate your vote

Sign your ballot paper envelope — your vote won’t be counted if you don’t sign.

Then put your ballot paper envelope in the reply paid envelope and seal it.

5. Post your vote

Post your reply paid envelope straight away (no stamp needed), or take your vote to the Launceston City Council office or the TEC northern office, 12 Goodman Court, Invermay.

*Statements are reproduced substantially as supplied by candidates.


Candidate for mayor

As one of the most experienced councillors at the table, I ask you to consider my nomination for mayor. Launceston is changing - the population is growing. So too are inequality and environmental risks. The region is ripe for progress but with opportunities that align development with community aspirations. Now is the time for a collaborative, values-based mayor. My record shows I am determined, with 20+ years in business, experience in the not-for-profit sector, and 9 years in elected roles. At this mayoral election, if you want a contemporary, forward focussed leader, please vote for me.

GARWOOD, Matthew

Candidate for mayor

What a privilege it's been, trusted and voted in as deputy mayor by the community. Now as the current acting mayor, I've deeper immersed myself into the full-time role. This time as acting mayor has opened up exclusive opportunities of learning, further development and insight into local government that as a councillor, you just don't get.

I'm confident that I have the skills, knowledge and an approachable personality but also the support, passion and vision to continue on as mayor - because I'm already doing it. Experience isn't simply granted over time; it's lived and learned.


Candidate for mayor

Experience counts! I was first elected to Council in 2018, with 45 years of experience in business, government, Rotary and community service with a bold vision for Launceston. I am focussed on cost-effective solutions, an open door to all constituents and a strong advocate for community consultation.

If elected mayor, my priorities are supporting effective and responsible development to increase housing supply, improving recreational facilities & parks, lobbying for an independent authority to fix the kanamaluka / Tamar River, improving our transport network, parking & reinvigorating the CBD.

RAZAY, George

Candidate for mayor

I am a councillor, a part-time physician and a 2021 Tasmanian Australian of the Year nominee, as well as conducting research and giving public presentations on the prevention and treatment of dementia.

I have been working together with the Council on achieving our vision of a healthy, happy and active community. My other goals include combating air pollution and traffic congestion; revitalising the City centre; supporting homeless people, especially with worsening housing affordability; promoting respect for seniors; and supporting our young generation.


Candidate for mayor

Ex-ABC journalist & political advisor. Launceston, we need a strong, experienced & proactive mayor ready to stand up for our beautiful city, ratepayers & caring community. I have done this consistently for 5yrs on Council, bringing credibility and transparency to the table. Together, let's create affordable housing, bring life to the CBD, reduce parking costs, protect our built heritage, fix the Tamar, address antisocial behaviour, green our shopping precincts & improve public consultation.

My door is always open for the people - 0429137084. See the plan > www.timwalkerformayor.com.au