Damon Thomas – Vote 1 for Lord Mayor

Damon Thomas has served as an alderman on the Hobart City Council for eight years and currently serves as Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee.  He has outstanding professional public and private sector experience and a long history of understanding and working on the issues affecting Tasmania and the City of Hobart.

Damon’s past roles include Tasmanian Crown Solicitor, State Ombudsman, CEO of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Lord Mayor from 2011-14.

He is an adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania, a recognised fund raiser for a wide range of charitable causes and Chairman of the Choir of High Hopes.

Damon has embraced the recently completed community vision for Hobart as a strategic vision for the City and looks forward to leading a Council that transforms that vision into reality.  He is committed to encouraging critical thinking about key community issues, including sustainable development that enhances the liveability of our city and as Lord Mayor, he will also promote a Council culture that is inclusive, accessible, transparent and accountable.

Zelinda Sherlock – Vote 1 for Deputy Lord Mayor

 

A focus on collaborating with people – no matter what walk of life they are from – drives Hobart City Council candidate Zelinda Sherlock.

Zelinda believes Council should reflect a microcosm of society by aiming to represent all members of the community by being inclusive, not just culturally, but by having intellectual and ideological diversity, as well as diversity of lived experience and background.

Zelinda has  a wide-ranging background which includes working with refugees and migrants to teaching primary, junior high students and working as a university Lecturer in Japan to writing policy, blueprints and rulings for government agencies.

In her second year of her PhD, she has a Masters in Teaching as well as a Bachelor of Arts / Law. As deputy lord mayor and alderman, Zelinda wants to strive for solutions, bridge gaps and help create a compassionate community.

It is time to focus on dealing with the important issues of housing, traffic congestion, public transport and progressive development that preserves Tasmanian heritage. Addressing these issues means Hobartians will have a place to live and as a ratepayer you will have easier access to places in and around Hobart, more services and lower costs for transport.

Robin Allardice – Vote 1 for Deputy Lord Mayor

 

Robin Allardice’s connections into the community of Hobart are wide and deep, reflecting his many strengths as a dedicated, professional leader with integrity and a commitment to ethical principles.

An owner / executive director of Bentleys Accountants, Auditors and Advisors, Robin has been recognised nationally for his achievements within the accounting industry.

He has been Deputy Chair of St Michael’s Collegiate School Board, Director of The Hutchins Foundation and has held numerous other Governance positions within both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including Royal Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Tasmania, Relationships Australia – Tasmania, and the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he first met Damon Thomas.

A strategic thinker with the skills to implement agreed strategies, Robin also has the business acumen to ensure a fiscally-responsible City of Hobart that acts with authenticity and integrity.

In alignment with the community vision for Hobart, Robin wants to use his experience to help support partnerships and collaborations across councils, community organisations, businesses and other levels of government.

Fiona Irwin – Vote 1 for Alderman

 

Fiona Irwin’s 30 years of experience includes 12 years working in Labor and Liberal ministerial offices when there were also minority governments in place, as well as working in the State Government in community services.

Having no political party allegiances has allowed Fiona to provide frank advice in her workplace and demonstrates her ability to listen to and liaise with a wide range of individuals and community groups in Tasmania through to all levels of State and Federal Governments on a range of different and sometimes complex issues.

She believes that research-based evidence and innovative ways are needed to solve problems such as road congestion, housing stress and to ensure Tasmanians have ready access to necessary services.

Diversity and social inclusion are essential to connect people to one another, to our place and our spaces and collaboration and partnerships at all levels of society and Government give the best benefit in helping cities drive global prosperity.

Kasha Siena – Vote 1 for Alderman

 

Kasha Siena brings a business focus to her candidature for election to the Hobart City Council. She is President of the Salamanca Market Stallholders’ Association (SMSA) and a small business owner and market stallholder.

Kasha has a long history of running a business and grew up in a household where both her parents were business people. As President of the SMSA, Kasha has tirelessly represented the interests of more than 300 small businesses, constantly seeking to achieve positive outcomes on their behalf.

She has a professional and constructive relationship with other organisations and groups across the city and is experienced in negotiating outcomes for the benefit of all parties.

Tourism is a large focus for Hobart businesses and Kasha has been closely involved in tourism awards both at a State and national level. She has a practical approach to issues and a broad understanding of the needs of business and the wider community.

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