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Local Government elections

Tasman 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 2 elections and an elector poll being held for Tasman 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 7 councillors, number the boxes from 1 to 9 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.

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 Tasman Council office.

*Statements are reproduced substantially as supplied by candidates.

BEARD, David

Candidate for councillor

Eaglehawk Neck is where I am home. It's an honor having been the representative voice for shack owners, outlying communities and anyone that needed help. Over my four-year term I have listened, delivered, and communicated. I have promoted environmental stewardship, indigenous recognition, development of strategic and community plans, fiscal accountability, community grants, open regulation and brought focus to the Council reform debates. Infrastructure and services will be a focus. I have a Master of Business and Engineering degree and the will to help the Peninsula reach its full potential.


Candidate for councillor

I am 33 with 4 young children and have lived in Nubeena for 6 years. I am an active community member; I work and volunteer locally, showing strong initiative and enthusiasm. With a background in health, aged care and policy I understand the role that Council can play in fostering happy and healthy communities. I love the Tasman and want to work towards giving everyone, especially children and young people, an opportunity to thrive here.

As councillor I will advocate for residents and rate payers to have a voice, make decisions and help find solutions to local issues that matter to us.

HULL, Alan John

Candidate for councillor

Candidate statement not supplied


Candidate for councillor

I am a passionate community-minded Tasman resident, raising a young family on our cattle farm and vineyard in Premaydena.

As a serving Tasman councillor I have focused on keeping rates affordable, improving Council owned infrastructure, and supporting community led initiatives, programs, and events. I am proud that the Tasman Council is independent and financially sound and will strive to continue this success. If elected I will continue to invest my time in key areas where Council has the authority to effect change and ensure Council priorities align with community expectations.

KNOTT, Angela

Candidate for councillor

I have lived and worked on the Tasman Peninsula for 18 years and loved raising a family in such a special place. As a small business operator, I spent 12 years listening and talking with a diverse range of community members and would like to continue to engage with issues important to us all. On Council, I would be guided by The Greens key principles: grassroots democracy, social justice, ecological sustainability and peace and non-violence. I care deeply about our community. I would consider it a privilege to represent you on Council and if elected, I will do so to the best of my ability.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Rod is committed to making Tasman an even better place to live. If elected as a councillor & mayor, he will work to ensure your issues are presented to Council & will be a strong advocate to government. Planning for the future, improving council services & local facilities are priorities.

Rod's career experience includes: farming, RAAF logistics, manufacturing management & over a decade as a councillor in Geelong, incl a term as deputy mayor. Rod is chair of Tasman Business & Tourism Assoc & a member of the Port Arthur Community advisory committee & Tasman Ex-Services Club committee.


Candidate for councillor

I have lived in the area for 37 years, retired chicken farmer with good negotiation experience, been involved with many organizations in our great community. We need more inclusion for females in sport and recreation and facilities in our area. I would like to see more input from the community into council decisions in the future. I will work for the ratepayers and be open to listening to them and following up their concerns.


Candidate for councillor, mayor

Re-elect mayor Spaulding for the future of Tasman. As mayor for the last 4 years we have had many challenges and continue to thrive. As we continue growth in our municipality, great economic times for businesses and services to our region are ahead. It's imperative to be on top of this and ensure it's a positive thing for our future and securing employment growth & job security. We need to further investigate transport options such as ferry travel to improve access to the Tasman. For a positive voice for Tasman please vote 1 Spaulding mayor & councillor, please make your vote count. Thank you!


Candidate for councillor, deputy mayor

A councillor for 8 years including 4 as deputy mayor. I am passionate about preserving the things that make Tasman so special whilst looking for opportunities to improve and prosper. I have knowledge of local issues through my Tasman heritage and community involvement; I am an active member of a wide range of committees and organisations. I am a successful business manager and leader.

Four years ago the people of Tasman voted to remain a stand-alone Council. I respect that outcome and will continue to work towards keeping our Council viable. Good governance and accountability are important.