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Who We Are

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) is the voice of Local Government in Tasmania. LGAT works to protect the interests and rights of councils, to promote the efficient operation of Local Government and to foster strategic and beneficial relationships.

LGAT has been the peak body for Local Government in Tasmania for over 100 years (founded 1911) and is part of a national network of associations. It is funded by councils and other income earned through projects sponsored on behalf of Local Government, and a range of services and sponsorships. LGAT is an incorporated body under the Local Government Act 1993. 

Our Vision:          Vibrant Tasmanian Communities
Our Mission:       Help Tasmanian Councils be the best they can be for their communities 
Our Values:         Ethics, Impartiality, Respectfulness, Accountability, Commitment, Creativity
Our Core Purpose: 

1. Protect and Represent the interests and rights of councils in Tasmania 

2. Promote and efficient and effective system of Local Government in Tasmania

3. Provide services to Members, Councillors and employees of councils

 LGAT Rules adopted July 2018


General Management Committee

A General Management Committee (GMC) of eight members provides oversight to LGAT operations. The GMC is elected by LGAT member council representatives every two years. It comprises the popularly elected president, the Lord Mayor and six other members elected by regional groupings of councils. The vice president is elected by the GMC. 


Mayor Doug Chipman
Clarence City Council
Phone 6217 9500

 Mayor Doug Chipman

Mayor Christina Holmdahl
Northern Region
West Tamar Council
Phone: 6383 6350

Vice President
Mayor Daryl Quilliam
West – North West Region
Circular Head Council
Phone: 6452 4800


 Mayor Daryl Quilliam - Circular Head Council

Mayor Jan Bonde
West – North West Region
Central Coast Council
Phone: 6429 8902

 Mayor Jan Bonde - Central Coast Council



Mayor Mick Tucker
Northern Region
Break O'Day Council
Phone: 6376 7900

 Mick Tucker

Councillor Tony Bisdee
Southern Region
Southern Midlands Council
Phone: 6254 5000

 Mayor Tony Bisdee

Alderman Heather Chong
Southern Region
Clarence City Council
Phone: 6217 9500

 Alderman Heather Chong





Secretariat Contact details

Chief Executive Officer
Katrena Stephenson

Policy Director
Dion Lester

Strategic Communications Director
Kate Hiscock

Policy Consultant
Deborah Leisser

Senior Policy Officer
Georgia Palmer

Senior Policy Officer
Michael Edrich

Senior Policy Officer
Lynden Leppard

Project Officer
Katelyn Cragg

Events and Marketing Coordinator
Miriram Rule

Executive Assistant
Christine Agostinelli

Administration Officer
Michelle Freeman

Administration Officer
Janelle Newton

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