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Local Government elections

Clarence City Council

Instructions and candidate statements

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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 Clarence 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 12 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 4 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 11 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 Clarence City Council office.

*Statements are reproduced substantially as supplied by candidates.


Candidate for councillor

I want to be an independent voice for Clarence and serve my community.

I spent 30 years making TV before transitioning into a role in federal politics. I am not opposed to development, but it must be sustainable, future-proofed and add to the existing landscape. Transparency & integrity are non-negotiable in local government. If elected I will hold regular community sessions and lobby for our Council to hold citizen juries. A thriving community is a creative community. I will use the arts and media contacts I have made over 30 years, to bring creative events to our beautiful eastern shore.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Brendan is a highly qualified and proven leader with extensive professional and political experience. Brendan delivers, having successfully lobbied for the ferry service and the establishment of a new Clarence Headspace to help improve access to mental health services for our young.

Committed to open and accountable government, his main priorities include keeping rates as low as possible - with a focus on core Council business: roads, recreation and rubbish and doing these well. As mayor, Brendan will be 100% committed to serving our community. For a better Clarence, vote 1 Brendan Blomeley.

CHONG, Heather

Candidate for councillor, mayor

As mayor I would bring experience as deputy mayor, business owner, and community member, bringing business and community knowledge to Council. My extensive Council committee work (wellbeing; events esp. Jazz Festival; Audit Panel; Cultural History; Richmond Advisory Committee); Richmond Bicentennial and Village Fair committees, as well as Rotary and One Community Together, gives me diverse and extensive connections to our community.

I commit to listening to community members, taking their views into account, applying my experience and expertise for the best results for our Clarence community.


Candidate for councillor

My Tasmanian story dates back to 1820, with the arrival of my first ancestor to Hobart who would build the Richmond bridge. I live in Warrane, work locally and am passionate about this community. I have a Diploma of Business Administration and am completing studies in Antarctic & Climate Science at IMAS.

If elected, I will ensure Clarence is a place people can enjoy active lifestyles through well maintained public spaces and sporting clubs, work with small business to make sure it's a vibrant place to live as well with plenty to offer the community, and push for action on the cost of living.


Candidate for councillor

Matt wants to be a voice for the community. Running as an Independent, Matt is a vocational trainer specialising in management, communication, finance, and governance training. He enjoys meeting and working with others and has lived his life in Clarence. A UTAS graduate, Matt is energetic with extensive volunteer, financial, community and governance experience. His main priorities include protecting our way of living, improving our lifestyle, supporting small business, and planning for an aging diverse community in recognition of climate change. Please vote Matt no. 1 for councillor.


Candidate for councillor

The people of Clarence deserve to be genuinely heard, by a council who acts transparently in line with your wishes. We deserve action on the housing crisis, more community and green spaces, ambitious climate policies, and a more walkable, accessible, sustainable city. I've called Clarence home for over three decades now, working primarily as a software engineer but also volunteering for environmental and social justice. I will bring these values to Council and put the residents of Clarence firmly at the heart of decision making. Vote 1 Greens!

FIGG, Mike

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

What do I stand for: Approachable, open, honest & can-do person who continues to fight for our community. Who am I: Clarence resident since 1980. Passionate engaged, solution-based individual who puts the community first.

What have I done: Asked the difficult questions at Council meetings & AGMs on matters such as public spending, decisions & culture. Formal presentations on planning changes that affect us; climate change overlays & social justice issues at the planning commission as well as state, federal government levels. What will I do: Continue to listen, communicate, advocate, & get things done.


Candidate for councillor

Born and bred in Clarence and raised on its soil, Emma and her family have owned & operated small business on its shores for over 3 decades.

As horse & MTB rider, recreational shooter, 4wder and wildlife/nature & dog lover Emma represents your interests. Honest, hardworking and down to earth, Emma is dedicated to a better Clarence with improvements to roads, rubbish & rates, reducing the cost of living, and sustainable & environmentally appropriate growth, development & recreation areas. Emma will represent and serve you as your voice for Clarence. 0418396040 or find Emma Goyne on FB.

HARB, Noelle

Candidate for councillor

Member of the Better Clarence Team. Noelle is a new, independent candidate, and Noelle's focus is to bring a fresh approach to help build a better Clarence. Noelle's mission is to develop engaging programs for our youth to help them develop into their future, and thereby, making Clarence a safer and better place to live.

Noelle has had success in both business and consulting fields, which she will use in her capacity as your alderman. Noelle wants to be your voice and she wants you to be heard. Help Noelle make Clarence a better place to live and work.

HULME, Daniel

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

My wife and I chose Clarence as the place to live and raise our children because we love this place. I'm running for Council because I want to make it even better. Clarence has the potential to be the most liveable municipality in Tasmania. I would like to harness our advantages to create jobs and economic opportunities, support the development of affordable housing and fix traffic congestion. I've been disappointed with the infighting on our Council since I left four years ago. We need councillors who will work with their colleagues in the best interests of residents-not fight for headlines.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

I'm a positive, independent leader who is passionate about and committed to our community. You can trust me to listen, collaborate and act with integrity. I'm an experienced local government professional who knows how to get things done. I'm also a parent and eager volunteer.

Clarence is growing and as your deputy mayor and alderman, I will advocate for careful planning to ensure we grow sustainably. I will strive for community-led decision-making, grassroots initiatives, more public spaces and improved community infrastructure - such as paths, parks, trees and toilets. www.breehunter.com.

JAMES, Anthony

Candidate for councillor

Vote 1 Anthony James, a change for a better Clarence. Anthony seeks to abolish out of scope programs ($2-3M/yr) redirecting funds to sport, recreation, and tourism, for a better return on investment. CCC must stay in its lane, concentrating on getting core services working effectively and cost efficiently. Anthony works hard, values high standards and due diligence, is approachable, possesses the knowledge, skills and experience to help lead the Council through challenging times, and will hold all councillors to account. He stands up for what's right, works out the problem and gets results.

JAMES, Richard

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

As your local representative I will continue to assist and engage with the community on local government issues. Continue to keep rates and charges as low as practicable and maintain Council's core services incl storm-water infrastructure capability.

I seek your vote for alderman and deputy mayor. Use my extensive experience in local government to step up into a leadership role with a good understanding of Council's practices and procedures. Support low-rise small-scale developments on the City's foreshores and skylines & will ensure community input for development on public or Council land.

JENNER, Andrew

Candidate for councillor

I stand for accountability, transparency with a strong belief that the Council and councillors are there to serve the residents. After all they work for you. I have a background in law and commerce being a magistrate for over 25 years and president of the Chamber of Commerce. With over ten years experience in local government, I was Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor.

If elected I will work tirelessly to solve any legitimate issues you have. My aim is to improve council consultations, planning , infrastructure, and environmental concerns. FB andrewjenner@arjenner59.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

I have spent the last four years on Council listening to the concerns of our community and gaining a clear understanding of what's important to the people of Clarence. I've sat on 8 Council committees and worked hard behind the scenes to ensure residents' views are represented not just in Council decisions but in our operations. I have learned a lot during this time. I won't stop listening and with your support I would like to take this experience into the next term on Council to benefit future generations. I will continue to bring a 'common sense' approach to Council decision making.


Candidate for councillor

Clarence Council will benefit from someone who understands living with a disability; the need for better access; extra seating and a person who cares for trees and green spaces. Kaye understands that being part of any community is not small or limited, rather it is ever-changing and the needs of its people are important. Kaye is also committed to retaining our history, protecting our environment and improved recycling and clean roadsides.

Voting 1 for Kaye McPherson will ensure all residents will have a capable and committed voice on Council to represent the needs of the community.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Independent, local, and experienced. As a retired Tasmania Police Commander, former MLC for Rumney and Clarence councillor, I deliver. Back to basics. No more grandiose projects until every road and path is up to standard; every playpark and local sports ground is properly equipped; every reserve is protected and every suburb adequately drained. Amalgamation. 300 councillors and 29 cadres of senior executives is too many. 10 regional councils with a centralised administration is better value for rates. For a fulltime mayor and councillor with no other ambitions, vote 1 Mulder.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Clarence needs strong leadership! I will focus on the community, as an experienced alderman, local business operator and living in Clarence all my life. I bring a professional and sensible approach to decision making. I want proactive planning to reduce traffic congestion, new wider roads, including walking and cycle paths; and supporting alternative transport initiatives; low rates; sharing resources with neighbouring councils; programs for senior citizens; improved disability access to council venues; supporting environmental groups. Preventative maintenance for sporting and outdoor venues.


Candidate for councillor

My husband Paul and our 2 kids live, work, play and go to school in Clarence. I'm a genuine community candidate who'll be a voice for young families.

I want to look at how Council can improve access to child care services, prioritise investment in playgrounds and parks, and get the basics like rubbish collection and road maintenance right. I've run a small business for 15 years and I'll be a progressive, common sense councillor who listens to the community.

RITCHIE, Allison

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Having served as a Labor Minister for Planning and Workplace Relations, Allison's experience in government and business will bring the new leadership and people focussed approach that Clarence needs.

Allison has a proven record of hard work and achieving positive outcomes for the local community. Allison's priorities include returning Kangaroo Bay to public ownership; lowest rates possible; better roads, parks and footpaths; more efficient and affordable Council services; protecting the natural environment and supporting local business. Vote 1 Allison Ritchie for alderman and deputy mayor.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Our community needs strong leadership, a focus on outcomes and a real drive to bring the community back to the core of Council decision making. I am dedicated to reducing social isolation and ensuring everyone in our community has a voice and that no one is left out.

I am committed to ensuring our open spaces are accessible and inclusive for everyone, whether it's a space to exercise your dog, kick the footy with the kids or if you want to enjoy our stunning beaches but need a ramp or extra support to fully appreciate the experience. I promise to put the community first.

von BERTOUCH, Sharyn

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Independent of party politics; 15 years Council service; law, education, counselling, company directors qualifications; community sector/government management experience. Vocal on access/inclusion for all & community involvement in Council; active transport, environmental & economic sustainability advocate. Previous Council appointments include Bike, Natural Resources chair; Australian Coastal Councils deputy chair. Current roles: Positive Ageing chair; City Band & Sport/Recreation committee member.

Future focus: re-opening Alma's Activity Centre, Bellerive & completing a 7MB Structure Plan.


Candidate for councillor

Part of the Clarence Community for 40years. Self employed in building & construction for 19yrs. As a father of 3 young girls I need your vote so Clarence is a place they and all of us will want to live, work and play for future years to come. I am hands on, use simple words, and always to the point. I will represent the community voice as all councillors should. To do this I will make myself publicly available once a week for anyone to chat to me about anything. I will go onsite to all Council matters that have community concern. I will put your voice forward before every Council decision is made.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Local podiatrist, dad, and experienced councillor. I work across political divides to deliver for you. A problem solver. In the covid crisis I prevented panic spending and kept beaches & parks open. I prioritise value for your rates & quality of life for everyone. My ideas have driven efficiencies, smarter responses to graffiti and better dog facilities.

It has been a tough few years for our community and we have big challenges ahead. You deserve a safe pair of hands to deliver stable, sensible, fair solutions for Clarence. Vote 1 James Walker for councillor & deputy mayor, www.jwalker.com.au.


Candidate for councillor

A family man and father to a beautiful 4 year old Matilda, I am a true independent with no political association who wishes to represent the people of Clarence and be a voice for all young families and people of the community.

The Council needs to get the basics and foundation correct first, I support further open green space, new playgrounds with BBQ facilities, connecting bike paths from the areas of Lauderdale and Mornington and beyond, safer pedestrian crossings and upgrades and true independent off leash dog areas for all the community in each area of the municipality.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

You deserve a council that makes decisions in your best interests. You deserve genuine consultation before a decision is made, transparent processes, and appropriate development that enhances your recreational areas without locking you out.

I've been your voice on Council since 2018, representing your views and working for a sustainable, inclusive Clarence. With 20 years' experience in senior leadership roles in government, I know how to build a collaborative team. I'll work with you to make decisions that respect the residents and promote the lifestyle we love in Clarence.

WILLINK, Hans Jurriaan

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Fiercely Independent with no party allegiance and a disdain for Council infighting, Hans is a former army bomb disposal officer with a wealth of project management experience in both government and the private sector. In short, he gets stuff done.

Hans believes that improved co-operation both within and between councils can deliver better basic services and potentially lower rates. Larger, multi-council contracts for core services like rubbish collection, maintenance and IT can be cheaper and much more reliable, allowing councillors the time to focus on other community needs.