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Local Government elections

Glamorgan-Spring Bay 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 Glamorgan-Spring Bay 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 8 councillors, number the boxes from 1 to 12 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 3 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 Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council office.

*Statements are reproduced substantially as supplied by candidates.

ARNOL, Cheryl

Candidate for councillor, mayor

I have more than 20 years' experience as a councillor, serving in deputy mayor and mayoral roles over that time. I am passionate about good governance, accountability and transparency in dealing with our communities. We need a return to true community consultant-based forums and meetings.

Council needs to focus on providing services at a reasonable cost to the ratepayer with an emphasis on maintaining affordable rates whilst retaining a vision for future development of the area. I will bring experience, stability, respect, integrity and ethics to the office of councillor and mayor.


Candidate for councillor

I have served as one of your elected councillors the past 4 years. A Swansea local for over 30 years, I worked as a registered and community nurse, established and ran our family vineyard small business, volunteered for many local and state organisations including a founding director Swansea Bicheno Bendigo Community Bank, committee member Swan Valley Irrigation Scheme, east coast member, state president Isolated Children's Parents Association.

Please vote 1 Ann "Annie" Browning for councillor, I will continue to bring an honest, considered approach to the business of your Council.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

A rural veterinarian of 40 years and councillor the past 4, I have applied my knowledge of business, finance, management and government advisory roles during a critical period of change for GSBC. I have served on Council's audit panel; East Coast Tourism board; Tasmanian Animal Welfare advisory committee.

I understand local government decisions impact community wellbeing, sound planning, financial stability, environmental protection. As councillor and deputy mayor I will work to ensure the east coast is protected and developed with sensitivity while providing for the needs of its people.

EDWARDS, Neil (Teddy)

Candidate for councillor

Having operated a local business and held various positions with Rotary, Triabunna Junior Football & Netball clubs, Spring Bay Suicide Prevention Network, Bendigo Community Bank and East Coast Health municipal committee, I have gained a great understanding of our community and its needs.

Maintenance and improvement of GSBC infrastructure is extremely important to me, I do not want to see anymore of our community assets lost. I am extremely supportive and passionate about sustainable government and private economic development, to create and maintain jobs throughout the whole municipality.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

As your mayor the past 2 years, I have focused on leading an open and consultative Council that puts the well-being of the community first. A Tasmanian lawyer for 45 years and a company director, I've brought to the role of councillor and mayor expertise relevant to effective local government: business, finance, legal compliance, planning and good governance.

Community matters to me: a volunteer with charities for many years, I was president of Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania. A permanent Orford resident, I have been a ratepayer for 46 years and wish to continue serving my community as your mayor.


Candidate for councillor

I, like you no doubt, love this region. I have lived in Triabunna my entire life, as did my parents and grandparents. I have owned successful businesses and am involved in the community through football (junior & senior) and competition eight-ball.

I am now retired and have a great deal of time to commit to the position of councillor. I will be accessible to all ratepayers and residents throughout the region. It is time to bring new people onto your Council who are there for the right reason - to listen to you, to work hard for you and represent you. Vote 1 Patrick (Pat) Gadd for councillor.

GREGSON, Kenneth

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

To GSBC electors, I could promise you the world with a plethora of motherhood statements, but what difference would it make? Electors' ideas and aspirations are very important to me, with the ability to listen, based on an egalitarian decision making process. With a progressive and open-minded philosophy, devoid of pre-determined or prejudicial outcomes, I believe this basic tenant of good governance to be an essential prerequisite at any local government level.

I would appreciate your consideration for a number 1 vote for councillor and number 1 deputy mayor - Kenneth Gregson - Thank you.

LUCK, Greg

Candidate for councillor

If you are happy with the existing transparency, accountability and governance in Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council do not vote for me. I see the need for change and having tried, from the outside, to persuade Council of that need I seek your vote to help make those changes from the inside.

I hope to be a part of a collaborative Council where the ratepayers are respected and listened to as part of a truly vibrant community. As councillor I wish to represent you and not rule over you. I am not afraid to ask questions nor to seek further advice in order to reach an educated position.


Candidate for councillor

A new voice for Council. An Orford resident, I love our community & unique area. I am a: registered nurse with 25 yrs health service management work; registered teacher 7-12 & VET; qualified company director; board member of Disability Voices Tasmania & Tasmania's Postgraduate Medical Education Council; past government advisor; lifelong volunteer (scouts to adult literacy).

Council's work & performance affects all our lives. I offer responsible, considered decision making. I will act with integrity & enthusiasm, bringing management, service delivery, health & planning skills to the work.

PARKER, Richard

Candidate for councillor

I was born in Triabunna and have lived here my entire life. I am married with 3 adult children and 7 grandchildren.

If elected, I will push to form a delegation to work with the state government in relation to funding and grants, I will push for a more open Council with more transparency and consultation with the community in relation to proposed developments. I will push for an open Council meeting to discuss the reintroduction of the flat rate system which was something I supported when it was previously implemented. You need a strong voice on Council. Please give me your no. 1 vote.

SYMONS, Michael

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

As a sitting councillor with 35 years of business experience, I am in a strong position to improve outcomes for people in our municipality. I will continue to argue against excessive rate rises. I will encourage the community's input to be what informs the Council of its strategic direction.

If I am re-elected, I will advocate for Council to engage and give more assistance to community volunteer groups. I want the East Coast to keep all the attributes we love about living here whilst allowing for employment opportunities through good planning and sustainable growth. Make your vote count.

WOODS, Jenny

Candidate for councillor, mayor

I seek your number one vote for councillor and mayor. I have the commitment and experience needed to understand what it takes to lead our municipality, being elected consecutively for 13 years, a privilege I have taken seriously. We have wonderful and diverse communities within our municipality and if elected I will represent with honesty and integrity. I have a common-sense approach and I believe that I have the ability to progress our Council in a positive and progressive way by working closely with community and staff alike.