Saturday, January 22 2022

Former Liberal-turned-independent MP Sue Hickey, who lost her seat in the state parliament in the May election, has failed in her attempt to resuscitate her political career as mayor of Glenorchy.

Following the local government election in the area north of Hobart, Ms Hickey was elected alderman and congratulated the elected candidate Bec Thomas.

Alderman Thomas worked as an advisor to Ms. Hickey when she was Speaker of the House of Assembly.

“The perilous financial situation of Glenorchy City Council is a break in the progress of our city and must be addressed with innovative solutions, however, the election result indicates that the majority of those who voted are happy with the status quo.”

First elected to council in 2018, Cr Thomas won the top post following the election of former Mayor Kristie Johnston to the Parliament of Tasmania.

“Taking the next step and leading our board and our community into the future is an absolute honor and privilege and I will do my best to get it right,” said Alderman Thomas.

She said she would focus on community engagement, economic growth, public safety and transportation.

By-elections in the south and west

Two other Tasmanian councils – Kingborough in the southern state and the west coast – also had by-elections following the election of former Kingborough Mayor Dean Winter to the Tasmanian Parliament and the resignation of former West Coast Mayor Phil Vickers.

In Kingborough, former Minister of Labor and outgoing Councilor Paula Wriedt was elected mayor.

Clare Glade-Wright was elected Councilor.

In a statement, acting Kingborough mayor Jo Westwood congratulated Cr Wriedt on becoming the council’s first female mayor.

Paula Wriedt becomes Mayor of Kingborough after the departure of Dean Winter.(

Facebook: Advisor Paula Wriedt


On the West Coast, Deputy Mayor Shane Pitt will assume the role of mayor, while Queenstown businessman Philip Evans has been elected councilor.

Cr Pitt was first elected to the West Coast Council in 2009 and said he was passionate about the area he has lived in his entire life.

He said the success of The Unconformity arts festival and the West Coast’s debut as a mountain biking and adventure touring destination heralded an exciting time for the West Coast.

In Glenorchy and Kingborough, about half of eligible voters returned their ballots, while for the West Coast Council by-election, the response rate was around 58%.

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