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Eighteen seeking election to Derwent Valley Council

EIGHTEEN candidates are seeking to fill the eight positions around the Derwent Valley Council table in next month’s local government elections. Three of those candidates are also hoping to be elected mayor of the council and six have nominated to be deputy mayor.

In today’s official announcement of candidates by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission, there were no surprises in the names of those running for mayor of the Derwent Valley Council. These are Councillor Phillip Bingley, Mr Peter Binny and Cr Michelle Dracoulis.

The list of deputy mayoral candidates included two names that were not previously known to be in contention. The Six candidates for that position are Mr Phillip Bigg, Cr Luke Browning, Cr Jessica Cosgrove, Ms Sara Lowe, former councillor Mr Wayne Shoobridge, and Cr Natasha Woods.

The full list of candidates seeking election as councillors on the Derwent Valley Council is as follows, in the order released by the electoral commission:

  • BIGG, Phillip, of New Norfolk
  • BINGLEY, Phillip, of Lachlan
  • BINNY, Peter, of Granton
  • BROWNING, Luke, of Lawitta
  • CARNES, Deb, of New Norfolk
  • CHAPLIN, Heather, of Westerway
  • COSGROVE, Jessica, of New Norfolk
  • DERKSEN, Justin, of New Norfolk
  • DRACOULIS, Michelle, of New Norfolk
  • GRAHAM, James, of Magra
  • HILL, Matt, of New Norfolk
  • LOWE, Sara, of New Norfolk
  • MARYNIAK, Brett, of New Norfolk
  • NELSON, Eve, of Hayes
  • SHOOBRIDGE, Wayne, of New Norfolk
  • VIRTUE, Liz, of New Norfolk
  • WIGGINS, Brody, of New Norfolk
  • WOODS, Natasha, of New Norfolk

Across the state, 505 individual candidates are standing for election as councillors. Former Derwent Valley mayor Ben Shaw is seeking election as a councillor in the Sorell municipality.

Postal ballot packs will be delivered to electors in the week starting October 3 and voting closes at 2pm on October 25.


  1. Wow what a list! The contemporary proclamation of the purpose of local government is the safety, health and wellbeing of the community.
    New Norfolk News had a great list of candidates’ Q&A at the last election. I hope you could ask each candidate how they plan to respond to the contemporary needs of the Local Government Act.
    It is compulsory to vote, we need honesty and integrity in information.
    Leah Byers,
    New Norfolk

  2. Mighty fine observation about the “contemporary proclamation” some very important learning needs to happen when making decisions about the above. First is the ‘Future of Local Gov’t Review Stage 1 interim report… “council plays a clear role, effective role in directly improving the physical & emotional well being etc.” (page 66)
    Combine with this report is the ‘Healthy Tasmania 5 year Strategy Plan 2022 – 2026’ both of these two things must be looked at when considering reviewing our plans & policies.
    James Graham,

  3. I would like to know what the incoming councillors are going to do about the provision of medical services in the valley, namely what they can do about increasing the GP capacity in New Norfolk? I’ve been living here almost two years and am starting to get over having to travel to town to see a doctor.
    Bernard Norton
    New Norfolk

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