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Local Government elections

Central Coast Council 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 Central Coast 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 27 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 2 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 6 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 Central Coast Council office.

*Statements are reproduced substantially as supplied by candidates.


Candidate for councillor

If you had told me last year that I would be running for Council, I would have laughed. However, this is the problem that is becoming more apparent among us younger generation. To give a voice to the younger generation, we need to be in Council. This is why I am taking one for the team, and putting my hand up, to be a voice for a whole generation who grew up believing that they didn't have one. With your vote, I will be able to help educate, inspire and encourage the younger generation to be invested. Your issues will become my issues, and my voice, your voice. Let's do this #vote1Arie!

ANDREWS, Micheline

Candidate for councillor

Having resided on the Central Coast for 20 years I have a strong sense of our community and the surroundings. I'm a mother, wife, small business owner, nutritional health coach, and a member of local community groups. I'm passionate about maintaining our natural environment. With education, awareness & innovation we can improve this.

Keeping our whole community healthy and safe is my priority. I wish to build strong ties within our active community groups and offer support. Listening is my strength, along with passion and strong ethics. I pride myself on working efficiently & using creativity.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

It's been a privilege to represent you on Council for 4 yrs. I've operated a building business for over 35 yrs, been on the board of Master Builders Tas & National Housing Council. My practical skills have helped on Council, especially with planning matters & construction projects. I'm running for deputy mayor to be part of the new leadership team as we plan for our future & work on the local government review. I'm passionate about Central Coast, teamwork, resource sharing, tidy towns, coastal pathways, Dial mountain bike area. If re-elected I'll continue to be a strong voice for our community.

BRIGGS, Darren

Candidate for councillor

I've worked as an emergency doctor and GP in Tasmania since 2011 and run a small accommodation business. I love our area's natural beauty and climate. Listening to & speaking on behalf of community, ensuring Council puts people first, acts on evidence & makes environmentally sustainable decisions is my pledge to you. Advocating for health care, housing affordability, people focused & accessible towns, local employment & arts opportunities, climate and environmental health plus First Nations justice is essential for a vibrant economy & healthy society providing opportunity for all. Vote 1 Green.

BROOKS, Justine

Candidate for councillor

Qualified. Experienced. Independent. Advocate. I'm a town planner with additional qualifications in Business and Leadership. My interests include placemaking, community safety & engagement, and social inclusion. I firmly believe that everyone should feel safe and connected within a healthy community.

I have 15 years' experience working on both sides of LG, holding the positions of general manager and councillor. I am hard working, with a track record for advocating for social justice and equality. I am approachable and easy to talk to about your community-related needs and concerns.


Candidate for councillor

I'm proud to live in the Central Coast and be part of the community. Raising my 2 children and having wonderful memories of them growing up here makes me more passionate and care about our future. I bring a wealth of knowledge, skills, experience and professionalism to the role, with over 30 years working in the financial sector. Having lived on a dairy and cropping farm at Nietta and now living in Ulverstone, my ties to the community have given me an understanding of what residents expect. I will work to achieve good outcomes wherever possible and be honest, approachable and trustworthy.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

If elected mayor I aim to bring stability to Council, with past learnings to guide us into a period of fiscal responsibility and increased care for the welfare of all in our community. A new community plan is due in 2024 which will bring opportunities and challenges that require us to be creative in our thinking, have clear visions and strong financial control to achieve the best results for everyone. With your vote as mayor my aim would be to lead a Council that listens, is community focused and delivers the outcomes to keep our community vibrant and the preferred place to live, work and play.


Candidate for councillor

I believe in the power of community to change our lives for the better. That is why I'm passionate about being a councillor on the Central Coast Council. I'm committed to working with all levels of government to maintain, grow and nurture our vibrant community.

So, what does being on Council mean to me? It's about maintaining and improving our public spaces and assisting our most vulnerable. It's supporting our local businesses in a community where good jobs exist, where people can build a life for themselves on strong foundations. I hope you share my vision and will give me your vote.

FABIAN, Patrick

Candidate for councillor

I'm a teacher from Ulverstone with my wife and two kids. I want the next generation of young people to have the same if not greater opportunities than I had. Council must take the lead to partner with community groups to do this.

The values I bring are integrity, hard-work, professionalism, and being servant hearted. I'll listen to you and what you want to make this the best place to grow up, work, raise a family and retire. Let's dream big and aspire for excellence, whilst also remembering the everyday things that are important, such as roads, rates, environment, parks and facilities.

FULLER, Cheryl

Candidate for councillor, mayor

Having raised my family in Penguin, I now live in West Ulverstone and pride myself on being approachable & caring. I'm proud of my work on Council in waste management, safety and disability access, striving to make this an even better community to care for our families and live safe, healthy lives. We need to embrace working with other councils to improve efficiency and the sharing of ideas. My focus will be on better opportunities for you to decide what the priorities should be. A new leadership team and a new plan starts with giving me your #1 vote for mayor and councillor. Thank you.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

I would love to be given the opportunity to take a leadership role within the Council. There are many people out there whom I have helped, and I enjoy every moment of representing and serving all our community. I would like to progress issues such as upgrading rural roads, ensuring a smoother planning approvals process, progressing the Slipstream Circus building and ensuring your rates are used wisely. Also, to listen and act on your important issues.

For over 100 years Hiscutt has been a name that you can trust, and it will continue to be so into the future. Vote 1 for Casey Hiscutt.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

With a career spanning over 35 years in local government across 8 different councils, my experience is extensive. As part of my professional career, I developed community engagement programs that delivered positive outcomes for small and large communities. I was also a finance and governance professional.

For far too long the people of Central Coast have not been listened to and with your vote I will work to ensure this happens. I am not a single-issue candidate, but one that is willing to look at all issues that affect us as members of the community. The answer is simple, ask and listen.

JACKSON, Stephen

Candidate for councillor

Candidate statement not supplied

JEFFREY, Darrell

Candidate for councillor

Being a single father raising 2 teenage sons, I would like to see the region as a place our youth wish to remain in by the development of more areas for social interaction and entertainment for teens and young adults. Working in the construction industry for 25 yrs from apprentice to project manager, I believe I can help ensure projects that start with great ideas are better executed than at present for the greater community and to address the lack of suitable area our region has for attracting business and industries to the region to enable the success of current and future business.


Candidate for councillor

I'm 58 and live in Penguin. My history includes 30+ years in law enforcement, justice, investigation, and public safety. I've a strong focus on social justice, advocacy, community engagement, & inclusion for all.

If elected, I'll perform my duties by strategic visioning, planning and management; supported by research and fact, not personal opinion or bias. I'm on the Community Safety Committee, & Disability Access Advisory Group. Since last standing in 2014, I'm now an amputee (LBKA). I engage in peer support & work in disability transport.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

I'm Dr Matt Kelly and I manage a real estate agency business in Ulverstone. I would like you to choose me as your number 1 choice for deputy mayor and councillor. My policy is no rate rises for the next 4 years. People are doing it tough. Vote 1 Dr Matt Kelly if you oppose rate rises. I have experience on boards of management such as St John Ambulance Tasmania and L'Arche homes for the disabled. I will bring my business experience to Council to ensure we have quality services of a high standard and you do not have to pay more in rates. Freeze rates and vote 1 Dr Matt Kelly in this election.

KURRLE, Dianne

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

I live in Ulverstone and was educated locally, as were my parents, A Johnson and M Viney, who lived rurally. I retired from our successful business Carpets Central after 14 years. We have great facilities which we need to continue providing and maintaining, at the same time keeping ratepayer costs to a minimum. Not forgetting our agricultural, industry and small businesses, which help make our community a great place to live and work. Let me represent you in shaping the future of and improving lives within our community.

I ask for your 1 vote to be your voice. Vote 1 Dianne Kurrle.


Candidate for councillor

When it comes to our future, everything should be on the table. As a project manager, I can help to get the basics right, but our community deserves more. If elected, I will fight to set up meaningful ways to communicate with Council to ensure your voices can be heard. I don't want to be a councillor just so I can 'vote with the pack' - I'm here to represent you and your needs. Together we can reimagine an incredible future which is both inclusive and sustainable, and one that supports local enterprise, creativity, youth, the natural world and the vulnerable.


Candidate for councillor

I am a 45 year old small business owner, husband and father of four school aged children. I have lived in Turners Beach for the past 11 years and am actively involved in the community as a patrolling member of Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club and a member of the Turners Beach Integrated Pathways committee. I own and operate 'The Bag Man' and a mowing/gardening business.

My strengths are communication and common sense. My only agenda is to listen to and represent the community and residents to make Central Coast an even better place to live, raise a family, run a business and retire.


Candidate for councillor

I bought a small farm at Loongana over 2 years ago. I have lived in over 10 council areas in my life and had dealings with many of them. I can bring my experience of the good points I have seen elsewhere to the Central Coast Council.

I am anti new transmission lines, pro better and safer roads, pro less red tape in dealing with Council, pro keeping rates as low as possible and hopefully reducing them, pro agriculture, pro better rubbish tip access, and owning a property on the outer edge of the Council area I want to make sure all residents are treated fairly.

O'NEIL, Lyndon

Candidate for councillor

Focused on areas of community health and well-being. Experienced and interested in how we manage our relationship with the environment, as a community, in ways that enhance and maintain the health and well-being of the area in which we live, the residents, and the mutual benefits that are obtained through planning that is both sustainable and enhances the values of our land, waterways and coastal environments. The health and well-being of residents is equally as important. Via continued good governance and planning, we can account for all aspects of a healthy community and environment.


Candidate for councillor

Technology, farming, and business are my background. I'm passionate about teaching STEM. I'm passionate about the Hive, it helps set a culture of learning, exploration, and creativity. I'm passionate about farming, I've owned a broiler poultry farm and worked with simmental cattle. Jennifer and I have 2 Boys, 7 and 3, who love playing on Buttons Beach and Fairway Park. We love the Central Coast area, the activities for kids, and the music for adults.

Vote 1 David Robinson for the continued support of the Hive, local arts, and science. Visit www.drobinson.com.au and join the STEM newsletter.

SMITH, Michael

Candidate for councillor

Hello, my name is Michael Smith. I am the owner of Midway Furniture, Ulverstone. I grew up in Castra and Riana and have been living in Ulverstone for the last 28 years. I am married with 2 children.

As a councillor I would commit to ensuring the community is front and centre of every decision, maintain and grow appropriate services for the substantial number of retirees in Central Coast, ensure opportunities in employment, education and lifestyle so families remain an important growth area of Central Coast. I am hardworking, honest and reliable. Vote 1 Michael Smith.


Candidate for councillor

With a background in finance and currently working as a financial counsellor, I have the skill set and business acumen to ensure your voice is represented with integrity and professionalism. Promoting a strong focus on rates, roads, and rubbish, as I believe this is the foundation of creating tidy, proud towns and attracting people and business to our region. I am committed to improving public consultation, encouraging a collaborative approach to attain solution-based outcomes. With your support, I will provide strong leadership whilst displaying compassion for our community.

VINEY, Philip

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Thank you for allowing me to represent you for the past 13 years. I seek your support to continue with the additional duty as your deputy mayor.

As an accountant with 42 years experience and a lifetime of community involvement in organisations, I know the importance of providing the best possible facilities at the best value to the people of our area. Cooperation between Council & community is the key to preserving our area's local natural beauty, harnessing business culture & growing agricultural industry. I am committed to providing a platform to assist everyone to engage & prosper.

WING, Greg

Candidate for councillor

I have lived & worked in the Central Coast area all my life and have been given all sorts of opportunities in that time, I now believe it is time to give something back through my nomination for Council. I will give 100% support to the mayor to maintain a strong & stable Council. I have worked in a team environment for the last 47 years and will bring to the Council my vast experience and skills in negotiation and mediation. I am an advocate for mental health & would like to work with Council on ideas to improve the health & well being of the community.


Candidate for councillor

I live in Turners Beach and am running as candidate for Central Coast Council with families, business and community in mind. My priorities are caring for the future for young people and children, supporting business and sustainable progress, and growing an inclusive, caring and connected community.

Helping to shape the future of this municipality through approachability and communication with community is important to me. We deserve our voices to be heard and put forward with courage. Families, I hear you. Business and industry, I hear you. Those who value our future environment, I hear you.