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The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) is the voice of Local Government to other governments, interested stakeholders and the wider community. 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.

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. 

The objectives of LGAT are to:

  •   promote the efficient administration and operation of Local Government in the State of Tasmania
  •   represent and protect the interests, rights and privileges of members of LGAT
  •   foster and promote relationships between Local Government in Tasmania and with the government of  Tasmania and the Commonwealth of Australia
  •   provide support services to members of LGAT.

Association Rules amended July 2016


General Management Committee


Mayor Doug Chipman
Clarence City Council
Phone 6245 8600

 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 8900

Mayor Jan Bonde - Central Coast Council

Lord Mayor Sue Hickey
City of Hobart
Phone: 6238 2711



Mayor Craig Perkins
Northern Region
Meander Valley Council
Phone: 6393 5300


Mayor 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
(03) 6233 5973

Policy Director
Dion Lester
(03) 6233 5972

Senior Policy Officer
Melanie Brown
(03) 6233 5961

Policy Consultant
Deborah Leisser
(03) 6233 5971

Senior Policy Officer
Georgia Palmer
(03) 6233 5965

Senior Policy Officer
Penny Finlay
(03) 6233 5967

Executive Officer
Alyce Jordan
(03) 6233 5963

Project Officer
Scott Blacklow
(03) 6233 5965

Communications Manager
Stephanie Watson
(03) 6233 5119

Executive Assistant
Christine Agostinelli
(03) 6233 5964

Administration Officer
Michelle Freeman
(03) 6233 5970

Administration Officer
Fiona Madigan
(03) 6233 5960

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