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Local Government elections

Break O'Day 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 25 October 2022

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


There are 3 elections being held for Break O'Day Council:

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

The ballot paper envelope has been specially designed to ensure the secrecy of your vote.

All returned envelopes are kept unopened under tight security until they are checked for validity.

After a sealed envelope has been verified, the flap showing the elector’s personal details and signature is removed under instruction of the returning officer, in the presence of witnesses, and securely stored until the close of the poll.

After the close of the poll and in the presence of witnesses, the now anonymous envelopes are opened in large random batches before the unidentified ballots are removed for examination and counting.

Successful candidates for Mayor and Deputy Mayor must also be elected as councillors to be able to accept these offices.

The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and councillors you elect will serve until October 2026.

Questions? 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 on Tuesday 25 October 2022


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 each ballot paper from 1 onwards in the order of your choice.

For the election of 9 councillors, number the boxes from 1 to 18 in order of your choice, Number at least 5 boxes to make your vote count.

For the election of Mayor, number the boxes from 1 to 3 in order of your choice. Number at least one box to make your vote count.

For the election of Deputy Mayor, number the boxes from 1 to 4 in the order of your choice. Number at least one box to make your vote count.

3. Make your vote secret

Put your completed ballot papers in the ballot paper envelope, which is the smaller envelope with the wider flap, and seal it securely.

4. Validate your vote

Sign your ballot paper envelope in the box on the flap to declare that you are the voter named on this envelope and you have voted on the ballot papers in this envelope. You must sign the envelope and leave the flap attached — or your vote won’t be counted. The returning officer will remove the flap with your details on it before opening the envelope.

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

5. Post your vote

Post your reply paid envelope straight away (no stamp needed), or take your vote to the Break O'Day Council office.

*Statements are reproduced substantially as supplied by candidates.


Candidate for councillor

I'm an active volunteer with a strong passion for community and lifelong resident of Fingal. Current manager of Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House, board chair of Medea Park and part of Neighbourhood Houses Tas board. My passion for community is evident, creating a social enterprise in Fingal, developing and managing the Fingal supermarket - providing locals access to essentials, connection to community and socialisation within the township. I stand for strong governance processes and will always vote on merit, listening to all residents, ensuring you are heard and be a voice for the people.


Candidate for councillor

I spent half my work life in schools across the NE. Recently retired in Scamander, I am amongst friends in a special place. Skills and attitudes gained as a teacher, principal and a diverse involvement in sport and community service must advance my claim. I have the time and energy to represent the broader community equitably and empathically, ensuring every voice is respected. I aim to make balanced and informed judgements. Particular interests are goals that empower and activate community.

It would be a privilege to represent you. Please vote 1 Ian Carter for councillor.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Seeking to be re-elected as councillor and first time as deputy mayor, I have loved working for my community over the last 4 years. I am a proud supporter of many community groups and activities that benefit our whole region.

I have supported many decisions through my term, but I am not afraid to question decisions. Other areas of interest include; employment growth, investing in low cost housing for all residents, encouraging environmentally friendly development, protecting our environment, better disability access and I support the proposed St Helens Aquatic and Leisure Centre development.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

As a resident of BOD for 15 years, I am grateful to have held the position of Break O'Day councillor for 8 years. I am ready to provide a collaborative, respectful leadership style and ask that you re-elect me, this time as mayor.

If elected I pledge to represent the community with professionalism, integrity, and accountability. Using leadership skills forged in a background of community and policy development, and my 8 years as councillor, I know that local government must show leadership on sustainable practises, resulting in a strong economy, a healthy environment, and vibrant communities.


Candidate for councillor

Break O'Day is a diverse community with many organisations, community groups and individuals doing amazing work to enhance this place we all call home. Since moving to the area some years ago we have been touched and inspired by the sense of belonging and connection that we have experienced. I seek to return the privilege of being part of such a unique and diverse community by continuing my voluntary work as president of the St Helens Online Access Centre Association and now seek your vote to be elected to Council. I submit herewith my application for the candidate for councillor.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

As a councillor my priority will be the continued economic growth of Break O'Day, underpinning jobs, business success, increased housing, improved services and the ability to assist those less well off. I offer the role a range of skills that I have gained over my working life both in Australia and overseas. 20yrs in the public sector, over 25yrs in the construction industry holding several CEO positions and board member of a national company employing 380 people in 3 states. I have extensive knowledge of Council process from 6yrs as its economic development officer.


Candidate for councillor

I have over 35 years of local government experience in administration and management, including over 10 years at Break O'Day Council. I have lived in rental properties at Binalong Bay, Falmouth, Stieglitz, Goshen and Pyengana and now have purchased our home at St Marys. I am keen to contribute as part of the team of elected members of Break O'Day and believe my knowledge, experience and positive attitude make me uniquely qualified to do this.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Hi, I live in Falmouth and am the Greens candidate for councillor and mayor. I'm a mother and a grandmother and I've spent my life campaigning for social justice, equity and to protect nature and our climate. We're in the midst of a climate, health and housing crisis and living costs are crippling. I will fight for a better and fairer future for all and help build strong, resilient, caring communities with you to better protect us from the challenges we face today and into the future. I will listen, stand for honesty, transparency, accountability and accessibility. Let's do this for our kids.


Candidate for councillor

Change is the only constant in life & I would like to be a part of what I hope to be a new & diverse Break O'Day Council.

I can provide a fresh voice for all, including families & youth within our community. As an approachable, open-minded person who respects people of all ages & backgrounds, I look forward to hearing & sharing your visions for this beautiful place we call home. I stand for transparency & support sensible development which showcases & protects our exquisite natural areas. I welcome the forward-thinkers to share your ideas & opinions because together we can make a difference.

LeFEVRE, Barry

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

As a local, educator and committed volunteer my key focus is improving services, creating employment opportunities and developing quality infrastructure for all of Break O'Day. Leading proactively and making informed, non political decisions blended with common sense, care and affordability are very important to me.

Being a councillor since 2014 and having worked and lived throughout our municipality long term has enabled me to form extensive networks and gain insight into the needs and concerns of residents. I believe in a progressive Break O'Day which enhances a positive future for all.


Candidate for councillor

I have lived in the Break O'Day area for 57 years. I have been on Break O'Day Council for 19 years.

We need a Council that is proactive by bringing up development into the area, so that our young people will have a job and don't have to leave to find work. If we don't support development our town will die, and people will move out. It's great to see a new hospital, new roads and hopefully a new police station in the near future. I believe that Council should be there to help people and encourage them to make Break O'Day their new home.


Candidate for councillor

I served 20 years in the Army and discharged in Tasmania in 1988. I then worked around Hobart as a private investigator and a council planning, building and plumbing inspector while completing 6 years in the Army Reserve. Having worked in 5 councils, I understand planning schemes and many other aspects of local government.

I moved with my family to St Helens in 2000 to work for Council as a building surveyor, left in 2008 to private enterprise and retired in 2010. I support local business, veteran health, youth and suicide initiatives and am part of the local Navy cadet unit and 2 local clubs.

OLDHAM, Vaughan

Candidate for councillor

I have lived in Pyengana all of my life where together with my wife Tammy we have raised a family. I am a fourth generation farmer still living on our family farm with strong connections to the land and our community. I have served over 40 years as a member of the volunteer brigade, 15 years as chief. I have had continual involvement in many community groups and clubs. Proud member of the East Coast Swans and organiser of the Pyengana Easter Carnival. I believe that I have the community interests at heart and will be able to represent all without bias or prejudice and will listen to the people.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

For 11 years I have served on Break O'Day Council. For 8 years I had the honor of serving my community as mayor, a role I take much pride in. I have been a part of this community all my life, working in various industries. My wife, Sharms, and I currently own and run the local newsagency.

Through my time on Council I have seen our community grow and I take pride in playing a small part in the developments that have shaped our community over the last decade. This year I will again run for councillor and mayor and hope that you give me the opportunity to again represent the Break O'Day community.

WALLEY, Stephen

Candidate for councillor

I have lived, worked and brought up my family in the Break O'Day municipality since 1982. I have taught and been principal at both St Marys and St Helens schools. I am project manager of Break O'Day Employment Connect, president of the East Coast Swans FC and a board director of our local Bendigo Bank.

As councillor I will ensure I am available to listen to the thoughts and ideas of community members and commit the required time to be well informed enabling considered debate and decision making. I'll advocate strongly to progress a thriving Break O'Day.


Candidate for councillor

I am a St Helens born local. I have worked in banking, retail, property management and now in my dream job with Libraries Tasmania. If re-elected, my decision making will be based on logic, merit, people's needs, long-term sustainability and climate action for a forward-thinking Council. I believe in a society based on harmony and values, where the benefits are spread and not constrained to a particular area. I have the ability to judge things on their merits and not be swayed by opportunistic ideas or whims that benefit the minority at the expense of the majority. I support a community pool.

WILSON, Randy James

Candidate for councillor

Being a councillor is all about BOD collectively; to be accountable, transparent and prepared to work with others with an unbiased mind. I understand these responsibilities. I have the high ethical standards to represent you, garnered during my 46 years of Navy service. Please allow me the opportunity to work with you and for the entire region of BOD. From 1998 I've been a BOD ratepayer, retiring here in 2012. I'm active in our community with the Anglican church, RSL, Navy Cadets, the Pyengana Endurance Race, plus, I and my tractor have been involved in many community efforts.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

I am an elected councillor and strongly committed to community engagement. I support: the building of a hydrotherapy pool and a community pool in the municipality; improving housing availability and affordability; creating local employment opportunities; lobbying state and federal governments for improvement of health services and service delivery; protecting the natural beauty of the area; local infrastructure and other projects.

I hope to be re-elected as councillor and elected as deputy mayor and continue to support the local community, in all areas of the municipality.