Welcome to my website.

I am your Independent Member for the Division of Elwick in the Legislative Council, Tasmania’s Upper House of Parliament. Elwick covers a large part of the City of Glenorchy where I have lived and worked as a teacher for the past 36 years.

As an Alderman for 12 years and Mayor of the City between 2005 and 2011, I  worked vigorously and passionately for this city and its people, that I love.

I believe it is more important than ever that Glenorchy has a strong, independent voice in the Legislative Council representing the interests of Glenorchy and the broader Tasmanian community.

My record as Mayor was one of standing up and fighting for the best interests of Glenorchy with no fear or favour and this is the approach I have taken in the Upper House since my election in 2010. As an Independent I am not compelled to follow the line of any political party. I make careful, considered decisions on the facts and, where possible, after consulting with community and business leaders, representative groups and people in the electorate.


I currently hold the position of Deputy Chair of Committees in the Legislative Council and I am also a member of the Public Accounts and Public Works Committees. I am also a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

I have a Facebook page set up to make it easier to get an even wider range of opinions from all sections of the community and I encourage everyone in Elwick to contact me and let me know their views and concerns.

Please feel free to drop into my office at 6/332-334 Main Rd Glenorchy.  Click on image for more pics of my Elwick OfficeThe office is a great meeting place for community groups and we can also help groups with office functions such as preparing or copying newsletters.  Please contact us to talk about your requirements.

Click on the image to the right to see more of my Elwick office.

I’ll use this  website to provide news and information about what’s happening in the Legislative Council and in Elwick.  I would welcome your comments, news, tips and suggestions to make it more relevant, interesting and useful for the people of Elwick.




From the blog

Last night at Parliament House, the Speaker of the House of Assembly the Hon Elise Archer and I welcomed the Dutch Australia Society for dinner to celebrate the birthday of King Willem - Alexander of the Netherlands. Special guests at the dinner included Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Her Excellency Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok and Honorary Consul Peter Sypkes. A special award was given to Alex de Kramer by the Ambassador.

7 years ago, an enthusiastic group of Goodwood residents supported by the Goodwood Community House and Len Yeats from Glenorchy City Council, started the "Goodwood Goers" Heart Foundation Walking Group. On April 27, I joined a number of the original walking group members together  with the newer members to celebrate 7 years of walking in Goodwood. Well done "Goodwood Goers"- I look forward to attending your 10th Birthday Celebrations !


At the invitation of the Polish Ex-Servicemans Association in Hobart, I laid a wreath on ANZAC Day at the Tobruk Monument at Polish Corner New Town. 2016 is a very important year as it marks the 75th Anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk. It was with much pleasure that I attended lunch at the Polish Club with the members of the Association following the ceremony.

I attended and laid wreaths at both  the Dawn Service and the 9am Service at the Claremont War Memorial. These were both very moving services and I was particularly pleased to see the strong attendances at both services..

At 10.30 I attended the Glenorchy Service in the Memorial Gardens  where again there were large numbers of people in attendance. One of those who laid a wreath was 98 year old Fred House from Goodwood who is truly an inspiration to us all.