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Local Government elections

Glenorchy 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 Glenorchy 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 10 councillors, number the boxes from 1 to 24 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 7 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 Glenorchy City Council office.

*Statements are reproduced substantially as supplied by candidates.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

After 5 years plus a 12.5% rate increase, our Council is still in debt. Rates are becoming harder to budget for so future increases need to be kept low. Community engagement is lacking, projects are taking too long to complete increasing their cost. We need to shift our focus to fixing these problems not just focused activating the rail corridor.

I will work hard to find solutions to these problems, keep rate increases to a minimum, share greater transparency and community engagement. "It's time for change", vote 1 Shane Alderton. To find out more: www.facebook.com/AldertonforAlderman


Candidate for councillor, mayor

I get things done! I am accessible, strong, proven & reliable. I am your voice able to share your vision. I can make it happen. I will represent the city to enable prosperity in our community, support small business, invest in developing our infrastructure & create a safer environment for all. I'll work with others to clean up graffiti and tidy our streets. Let's fix the mess they've made of our garbage services.

Together our voice will be louder and stronger than ever. Let's live, work and play in the best city. Vote 1 Jenny Branch-Allen because I care about you and your future.


Candidate for councillor

I'm a passionate Tasmanian and optimistic about the future of our great city. I'm 25 and have lived in Glenorchy City my whole life, attending Montrose Bay High & Claremont College. I've worked since 14 & graduated with a Bachelor of Business at UTAS in 2019.

As an alderman I'm committed to investing in our infrastructure, maintaining roads, arranging community events, making our ovals & sporting facilities more accessible to community groups, budget management & supporting our small businesses. With your support & vote this election, I can be your local voice on the Glenorchy City Council.

CREW, Mala

Candidate for councillor

I live in Glenorchy, having emigrated from London, UK in 2004 with my Hobartian husband and 3 children.

I am a qualified lawyer and corporate trainer, having worked for British Airways in this role. I am also an experienced public speaker. I am proactive, tenacious and outspoken. There are numerous wasted opportunities to generate revenue in the region, negating an increase in rates. A vote for me ensures integrity, accountability and a safe, inclusive and vibrant region within which to live and work. I will work with the mayor and aldermen to deliver on my election promises to the community.


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

I'm an experienced alderman, who is not afraid to call out anything that is not right or fair. Your issues become my issues. I'll listen and respond to you. I have a proven record on advocacy and lobbying on your behalf. These include FOGO, hotel gambling and CBD parking.

I'm truly independent, with no political links, nor political ambition, my passion is representing the residents and ratepayers of Glenorchy. I also volunteer in the disability, education, justice, crime prevention and aged care sectors, right here in Glenorchy. I know my community and my will to represent you is genuine.


Candidate for councillor

My name is Nic Edmondson. I have lived in the Glenorchy City Council for most of my life and I am standing to be elected as alderman. I am a practicing lawyer working in crime, personal injuries and civil litigation. From speaking with residents, ratepayers and businesses I have noticed some common themes.

Residents and business want more 'bang for their buck' when it comes to garbage disposal, and they want to see responsible spending from Council. There are big areas for improvement and I would like to be a voice for Glenorchy.

FRASER, Philip

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Candidate statement not supplied


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Hello I am Aris Grafanakis. You probably recognize me. I've been in Glenorchy for the past 40 years, more specifically I have been in Northgate at Flying Wok, at Butterflies and at Tasty Treats also more recently at Glenorchy Central Cafe. Glenorchy has given me so much after coming to this country as a refugee in 1972, 50 years of Glenorchy giving me so much, today I have my family in Glenorchy, my daughters and son live in the Council area and I see the problems of the Council and the area starting with getting the Council back to basics. Bins, rates and lowering the cost of housing.

HANGAN, Michael

Candidate for councillor

Candidate statement not supplied


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Candidate statement not supplied


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Glenorchy has been my home for 14 years. Due to 10 years of deficits, this Council failed to deliver modern recreational facilities, playgrounds, roads, footpaths, toilets, stormwater, bike paths and trees. With my solid background in business, local and state government, I will help rejuvenate Glenorchy to make it clean, safe and sustainable. Let's build an exciting and vibrant city for us all to live, work, invest and raise families. We must fix the budget, and planning, encourage more businesses and homes to be built and work with other councils to save money and make rates affordable.


Candidate for councillor

I love the northern suburbs and have lived in Moonah with my young family for the past 12 years. On Council, I will advocate for our most vulnerable. I want to show my 11-year-old son that the adults in his life care about the climate and his future. My professional experience is in affordable housing and the circular economy. I currently work in co-operative businesses and help diverse teams achieve a lot with very little.

On Council, my focus areas will be addressing the cost of living, local climate resilience, and fostering genuine collaboration between Council and community. #vote Greens.

KING, Steven

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

Steve is committed to the timeless values of integrity, honesty, trustworthiness and mutual respect in all facets of Council. His leadership as deputy mayor has strengthened unity between aldermen and staff alike, and he continues to serve a vision for Glenorchy where program innovation, business growth, residential support and continuous improvement are always progressing. Steve supports key Council issues such as land availability for housing, provision of childcare services, and responsible rates use, and asks you to please "vote 1" so he may continue as your deputy mayor and alderman.

MALONE, Morris

Candidate for councillor

I'm asking for your vote to serve on our Council as a new alderman. People don't expect Council to get all decisions right, but they want to have increased trust in the choices made on their behalf. Frustration exists because when rates are raised, people feel there is rarely a proportional increase in the level of service Council delivers. Rates are a stick-on-the-fridge bill and it is Council's responsibility to earn the community's trust by mirroring value in its rates. I hope to be a new voice on Council, who will invest time to listen and speak with a grounded sense of community attitude.


Candidate for councillor

Hi I'm Timothy Marks. I volunteer on many committees. I'm the president of Tas Amputee Society. I'm the Tas director for Physical Disability Australia.

I am asking for your vote for Council so I can keep on helping everyone in my local community. I believe we need fresh faces in Council to help clean up this great city and make it a better and more inclusive and safe for everyone. I am willing to be a community leader and listen to the needs of everyone. Thank you for your support.

QUICK, Harry

Candidate for councillor

Glenorchy Council requires councillors with a wide range of experience, knowledge and understanding of the needs and aspirations of this diverse community. The provision of childcare and early education, services for young families, disability resources, multicultural support and enhancement and properly targeted aged care options must be an essential part of the workings of Glenorchy Council. The provision of these require both state and federal funding. I have the experience and know how to lobby effectively for these vital services.

RAHAT, Md Imadul Islam

Candidate for councillor

From UTAS graduate to starting a business in Glenorchy, I've been very much involved with the local affairs in Glenorchy. I am planning to work with the mayor to create a better Glenorchy where people from all ethnicities, backgrounds will be welcomed! Being a young entrepreneur myself, creating more business and employment in Glenorchy is my goal.

We want to create better opportunities for all residents of Glenorchy and a better home for ourselves and the generation that'll follow. Hope Glenorchy will allow more young thinkers to make a better change in the coming days!


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Experienced alderman, qualified accountant, chartered secretary, company director. Strong on improving city finances; community and better quality of life via community participation, key infrastructure, land use and service delivery; user pay charges instead of rate imposts; crime prevention; support for youth and pensioners; economic growth, educational opportunities, business and job creation; best practice to manage and develop our natural and built environment; pensioner rate relief.

For guaranteed stability and leadership based on proven experience and expertise vote 1 to elect Peter.


Candidate for councillor

I've lived in Moonah for six years and love its diversity. Glenorchy's unique variety of local businesses and trades, cafes & restaurants, parks, and community & arts centres make it a special place. I want to represent my local community to make our neighbourhood the best it can be for all of us.

I'm a senior associate at a leading law firm with offices in Glenorchy and Hobart, specialising in family law. I have skills in high-conflict, high-stress environments - perfect practice for local government. I also have a Bachelor of Science and a keen interest in green spaces and sustainability.

SHARMA, Bhavika

Candidate for councillor

I am a girl full of spirit and compassion who is looking for an opportunity to create a city that feels like everyone's home. I am in my final year of studying Law at the University of Tasmania. With my background in law and the diversity I represent, I want to create an inclusive environment for everyone.

I aim to bring more cultural awareness, greater connection between the youth and the seniors, and help assist young refugees to integrate into their local community. I also support a cost of living taskforce with residents to help them with their costs. Vote 1 for Bhavika Sharma.

SIMS, Kelly

Candidate for councillor, mayor

I'm an independent alderman & don't favour party politics.

I've a solid track record for working with our community using proven evidence & real engagement. In 2014 I led the removal of a national priority in education for Tasmania & my leadership experience is in business, education, health & community development. If mayor I'd lead the prioritisation of openness, low costs, better safety, services & public spaces, while working with other councils for better results. We have plenty of opportunity, it's time to make the most of it just like our neighbours have. Vote well. www.kellysims.com.au.

SLADE, Stuart

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

I am a proud city resident and former police sergeant with 3 service medals who desires to be a full-time deputy mayor. My former roles as mayor and deputy mayor validates my knowledge and experience. I also have business and sporting expertise being past RACT and cricket club presidents.

I support greater community safety with effective lighting and CCTV near shops and public transport. I am committed to a local government cost of living taskforce with residents to keep ratepayer costs to a minimum in tough times whilst supporting childcare. Vote 1 Stuart Slade for an inclusive community.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

As your mayor I've shown I'm reliable, hard-working and active in our community. I listen to what matters most to the people - we've minimised rate rises, improved financial management, communication and CBD safety, and progressed road, footpath, sports facility, playground, waste and Tolosa Park projects. I'll continue this approach and, through my strong relationships across government, also work to improve housing and transport.

As a lifelong resident I truly know the people of Glenorchy. I genuinely represent your interests and I'm determined to get it right, for you. www.becthomas.com.au.

YAXLEY, Russell

Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

I will bring positive action, smart solutions & dedicated hard work to deliver for our community. With a collaborative approach, dedication, listening & questioning, I bring fresh ideas, eager to embrace the opportunity to represent & be a strong voice for Glenorchy & its suburbs.

Delivering our primary purposes & taking full advantage of the opportunities by being proactive & with smart decisions, we will create a community that's proud, connected, inclusive & safe. Let's live our best life, we're perfectly positioned to flourish & prosper, our best is yet to come. www.russellyaxley.com.