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Local Government elections

Burnie 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 25 October 2022.

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


There are 3 elections being held for Burnie City 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 14 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 6 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 Burnie City Council office.

*Statements are reproduced substantially as supplied by candidates.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Hello everyone, my name is Trent Aitken or affectionately known by locals as "the boy from Burnie". I have been working hard for the last 10 years to improve the City of Burnie and address real community issues as they arise. Burnie needs a new leader, someone who is passionate, knowledgeable and has a true understanding of the issues that we all face living in Burnie. I am not afraid to call a spade a spade, then offer real solutions to our problems. With your support, I aim to reinvigorate Burnie and drive it forward to create a better future for the next generation of locals.

BOYD, Alvwyn

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

As a local resident my goal is to enhance and reinforce the regional centre status by recognising opportunities which focus Burnie as the north-west hub for trade, business, transport, employment, cultural and leisure activities, and health and education services.

To a large degree, the quality of life endured in Burnie reflects the city we have built, and will continue to build for the future generations of people who will remain, start or extend families, move to and visit our city of Burnie. We are fortunate to be part of a wonderful coast.

BOYS, Jarrod

Candidate for councillor

A security professional, NDIS provider, and passion-driven volunteer, Mr. Boys has a proven track record of supporting our community. From keeping people safe in our local pubs, to sponsoring local events and projects, Jarrod has a devotion to provide for the safety and welfare of our people.

Jarrod has hands-on experience in community development, public policy, not-for-profits, and small business management. He has also served on the board of many local service organisations. If you want a new, passionate councillor, with a track record of service: your candidate is Jarrod Boys.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Our city is long overdue for a change of leadership and I intend to lead the charge bringing an injection of life, hope and optimism again!

Council needs a cultural shift, and I intend to lead that shift. I will bring a clear vision to enhance the city both now and for the medium term with trustworthy leadership and a contagious passion. Burnie's best years are ahead of us and it is time to get this city moving. If elected as mayor, I commit to sound financial management while progressing a bold vision to drive our city forward. Time to ignite the community heartbeat once again! Vote 1.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

I have been a councillor for the last 8 years and have proven that I have only the interest of the city in mind. I am a successful businessperson and entrepreneur that provides employment, property development, assistance to community groups and businesses. I fought for the penguins, the relocation of the courthouse into the CBD, crime prevention, the disabled, a better deal for parking, and against the University. I am a councillor that shows up all the time, not just at election time. I fight for this city every day.


Candidate for councillor

Vision, common sense, transparency and accountability are a few of the attributes I bring to the table to serve you.

I have worked in the private sector, owned a small business in the Burnie CBD and currently work in the community legal sector. I solve problems for a living and bring to the role both independent thinking and the ability to work as part of a collective. I stand for: business, increased housing, low rates, keeping our court in the CBD and giving our youth a future here in our great municipality. I will be the voice you deserve. A community agenda, not a personal agenda.

GRAVE, Justin

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Burnie needs new ideas from new people to revitalize the city. As a small business owner I am passionate about the future of Burnie and have the skills to support and create economic growth for this community. My roles in business management along with 20+ years as a volunteer firefighter demonstrate my passion for the community and diverse skill set. Last year I raised over $20,000 for a local charity, as I love putting back into this region. I am committed to ensuring rate payers get value for money and will work with the community to propel Burnie forward. Vote 1 Grave for a new change!


Candidate for councillor

Candidate statement not supplied


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Burnie deserves leaders who can meet our challenges and help create a future we are all proud of. If re-elected my priorities will be delivering reliable services, managing innovative investment and financial sustainability while leading with transparency.

Committed to community consultation, your voice will shape our shared goals that I will work daily to deliver. Together let's drive our city forward. With delivery of the cultural precinct, connection to the Coastal Pathway and revitalising our city centre, Burnie can thrive. For accountable leadership, vote 1 Amina Keygan mayor & councillor.

KONS, Steven

Candidate for councillor, mayor

Vote 1 Kons mayor and I will continue giving 100% in seeing the city move ahead by being positive of our city and its people, working throughout the term not only during elections like some.

I have had success in business and serving the community all my working life, totally independent, not always agreeing with others, knowing rate increases need to be kept to a minimum as cost of living pressures on residents are too high and did not support the last big rate rise as Council has sufficient cash to do its job. I am a mayor who loves this city and never talks it down. Vote 1 Kons mayor.

LYNCH, Chris

Candidate for councillor, mayor

These are the things that will define my term as mayor. More listening from your Council, easier ways to deal with Council matters, and more events to bring life and excitement back into Burnie.

As mayor of Burnie, I will take responsibility for a transparent process of communicating Council's decision making. I will take responsibility for a better public consultation process as I believe we need to improve the quality of our community engagement. I am committed to completing the full-term of mayor, should I be elected. Vote 1, Chris Lynch - mayor and councillor.

NEWBURY, Ceilidh

Candidate for councillor

I am running for Council as a Green because we deserve a Council who cares and consults us about decisions that affect our community. I am an advocate for and creator of LGBTQIA+ spaces in north west Tasmania for young people, and would like to use the platform of Council to support and advocate for the wider community. We need to work together to ensure the vulnerable people in Burnie, our elderly and young, our disabled, LGBTQIA+ and people of colour, our poor and working class, are able to access and shape all the cultural, social and natural environments we have to offer.

PEASE, David

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

As a councillor I have used my 30 years' experience in business and qualifications in economics and commerce to return Council to financial stability after years of debt. My aim has been to make Burnie a modern, liveable city and I have pursued this goal relentlessly, continually trying to improve our built environment.

The road to bring Burnie out of its slumber will be tough, but I will act with honesty and integrity, without political affiliation or aspiration. As deputy mayor the focus will be on strategic direction and community input to make Burnie a better place to live, work and play.

SIMPSON, Giovanna

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

I have been lucky enough to have been born and raised in Burnie. My parents migrated here from Cyprus. My father was employed at Australian Paper and my mother worked for most of her career at the Burnie City Council. My career goal was to serve on the Council and it came to fruition four years ago, when I was elected as deputy mayor.

My aim is to regain this position and continue the work I do within our city. I have been working as a youth worker for 17 years. I have had my business for 22 years and am a passionate advocate for many charities. I love everything that Burnie has to offer!