Council Committees

When the former Councils of Evandale, Ross, Campbell Town, Longford and part of Fingal were amalgamated to create the Northern Midlands Council in 1993, there was a high level of concern across the municipal area about the loss of the local Council presence and availability. It was decided to establish four District Forums / Committees at Ross, Campbell Town, Evandale and Avoca, Royal George & Rossarden as Special Committees of Council. Council has since introduced additional Special Committees for the Perth, Longford and Cressy areas.

Members to these committees are appointed for a term of two (2) years, the term of membership commences in July and concludes in June. Current membership for all of these committees expires at 30 June 2018.

The following pages detail the membership and contain minutes of each Committee.

General Information

Objectives of the Local District Committees

These committees meet regularly and have as their key objectives:

  • Provide a focal point for information between the Northern Midlands Council and the local community;
  • Identify and prioritise needs of the local community;
  • Consider and provide feedback to the Northern Midlands Council in respect to key strategic issues for the local community.

Further information in relation to the Council Committees is available from Council's Executive & Communications Officer, Lucie Copas or Council's Executive Officer, Gail Eacher.


Residents and representatives from community interest groups are invited to nominate for membership of the following Local District Committees, which do not have a full membership complement:

  • Avoca, Royal George & Rossarden Local District Committee;
  • Perth Local District Committee; and
  • Ross Local District Committee;

    The term of appointment will be until June 2018.

    For further information in relation to the Membership of Council Committees contact Council's Executive & Communications Officer, Lucie Copas or Council's Executive Officer, Gail Eacher.


    There are presently vacancies on the following Local District Committees:

    Avoca, Royal George and Rossarden - Nomination Form

    Perth - Nomination Form

    Ross - Nomination Form

    The term of appointment will be until June 2018.

    Nomination forms must be returned to the General Manager, PO BOX 156, Longford TAS 7301

    Avoca, Royal George and Rossarden

    When: The last Thursday of every second month (January to November) 

    Time: Commencing at 12:30pm

    Venue: Avoca Community Centre (Ash Centre)

    Frequency: Bi-Monthly

    The following dates have been set for 2018 meetings:

    • 18 January
    • 29 March
    • 31 May
    • 26 July
    • 27 September
    • 29 November

    Mrs Claudia Freeman



    Avoca   TAS   7213

    • Claudia Freeman (Chair)
    • Shirley Freeman (Deputy Chair)
    • Helen Reynolds
    • Shirley Squires
    • Jacinta Allen
    • Dalija Wells
    • Mary Knowles (Councillor)
    Campbell Town

    When: The first Tuesday of every month (February to December)

    Time: Commencing at 9:30am

    Venue: Town Hall, Campbell Town

    Frequency:  Monthly

    The following dates have been set for 2018 meetings:

    • 6 February
    • 6 March
    • 10 April
    • 1 May
    • 5 June
    • 3 July
    • 7 August
    • 4 September
    • 2 October
    • 6 November
    • 4 December

    Mrs Jillian Clarke (Chair)

    • Jill Clarke (Chair)
    • John Ashman
    • Jill Davis
    • Owen Diefenbach
    • Sally Hills
    • Judith Lyne
    • Bevis Perkins
    • Rob Rakich
    • Michael Roach
    • Debbie Thomas
    • Leisa Gordon (Councillor)

    When: The last Wednesday of every second month (commencing January)

    Time: Commencing at 7pm

    Venue: Town Hall, Cressy

    Frequency:  Bi-monthly

    The following dates have been set for 2018 meetings:

    • 31 January 2018
    • 28 March 2018
    • 30 May 2018
    • 25 July 2018
    • 26 September 2018
    • 28 November 2018


    Daniel Rowbottom (Chair)

    • Ann Green
    • Helen Howard
    • Angela Jenkins
    • Helen Williams
    • Peter Goss
    • Daniel Rowbottom (Chair)
    • Maurita Taylor (Vice Chair)
    • Jason Cox
    • Richard Goss (Councillor)

    When: The first Tuesday of every month (commencing January)

    Time: Commencing at 7:00pm

    Venue: Evandale Community Centre

    Frequency: Monthly

    The following dates have been set for 2018:

    • 6 February
    • 6 March
    • 10 April
    • 1 May
    • 5 June
    • 3 July
    • 7 August
    • 4 September
    • 2 October
    • 6 November
    • 4 December

    Mr J Lewis
    Evandale Advisory Committee
    10 Arthur Street
    Evandale Tas 7212

    • John Lewis (Chair)
    • Carol Brown
    • Kathryn Heathcote
    • Craig Plaisted
    • Adrian Jobson
    • Stephen Baldock
    • Henrietta Houghton
    • Annie Harvey
    • Barry Lawson
    • Janet Lambert (Councillor)
    • Mary Knowles (Councillor)

    When: Contact Linus Grant

    Time: Contact Linus Grant

    Venue: Contact Linus Grant

    Frequency: Contact Linus Grant

    The following dates have been set for 2018 meetings:

    • 30 January
    • 20 February
    • 20 March
    • 17 April
    • 22 May
    • 26 June
    • 17 July
    • 21 August
    • 18 September
    • 16 October
    • 21 November
    • 11 December

    Linus Grant (Chair)

    • Linus Grant (Chair)
    • Amy Reiner
    • Dee Alty
    • John Cauchi
    • Lesley McKenzie
    • Neil Tubb
    • Terry Goldsworthy
    • Dick Adams (Councillor)
    • Donna Bain
    • Tim Flanagan


    When: The first Tuesday of the second month (commencing February)

    Time: Commencing 5:30pm

    Venue: Perth Community Centre

    Frequency: Bi-monthly

    The following meetings are scheduled for 2018:

    • 6 February
    • 10 April
    • 5 June
    • 7 August
    • 2 October
    • 4 December

    Ms Jan Davis (Chair)
    Mr Philip Dell (Deputy Chair)

    • Jan Davis (Chair)
    • Philip Dell (Deputy Chair)
    • Graeme Eberhardt
    • John Stagg
    • Tony Purse
    • Christine Beswick
    • Don Smith
    • Teagan Wise
    • Janet Lambert (Councillor)

    When: The first Wednesday of every month (commencing February)

    Time: Commencing at 3:00pm

    Venue: Reading Room 1, Ross

    Frequency:  Monthly

    The following dates have been set for 2018 meetings:

    • 7 February
    • 7 March
    • 4 April
    • 2 May
    • 6 June
    • 4 July
    • 1 August
    • 5 September
    • 3 October
    • 7 November
    • 5 December

    Christine Robinson (Chair)

    • Christine Robinson (Chair)
    • Jill Bennett
    • Helen Davies
    • Tim Johnson
    • Anthony Thorogood
    • Arthur Thorpe
    • Andrew Calvert (Councillor)
    Devon Hills Neighbourhood Watch and Residents Committee

    The Devon Hills Residents Committee was established as a Special Committee of Council under the provisions of Section 24 of the Local Government Act 1993. The Devon Hills Residents Committee is a community group servicing the interests of the residents of Devon Hills.

    To view the Devon Hills Neighbourhood Watch and Residents Committee Emergency Plan click here.

    Council's contact for this committee is Phillip Canning.




    Mill Dam Action Group

    The Northern Midlands Council enacted the “Mill Dam Action Group” as a Special Committee of Council in November 2009, to advise Council on the Mill Dam Reserve and undertake restoration of the area as it was after the Bicentennial Mill Dam project in 1988 and as far back as the 1920’s.

    The restoration of natural and recreational values is vital in the area as is erosion control, weed eradication and provision of facilities for passive recreation in the area from the Longford boat ramp to the Mill Dam.

    Community assistance is welcomed by the Action Committee.


    • Linus Grant - Chairperson
    • Max Baker - Deputy Chairperson
    • Marie Chugg
    • Theo Haege
    • Barbara Baker
    • Dee Potter
    • Cr Richard Goss - Council's Representative


    Northern Midlands Economic Development Committee

    Council has committed to developing a Northern Midlands Economic Development Strategy in 2013/14. The Strategy will provide clear direction for the future economic development of the Northern Midlands by identifying priorities for action that Council can undertake in collaboration with a range of stakeholders across government, business and community sectors.

    A Special Committee of Council has been established to facilitate the development of the Strategy.