Mayor and Councillors

The Northern Midlands Council is made up of 9 Councillors including Mayor and Deputy Mayor, a community election is held every four years.

Mayor David Downie

Address:"Valleyfield", 86 Valleyfield Road, Campbell Town TAS 7210
Phone: 03 6391 5588
Mobile: 0418 132 041
Fax: 6391 5529

I am a farmer within the Cressy/Campbell Town area. I have been a councillor on the Northern Midlands Council since its inception actively steering council to a strong financial position. I believe our community has great potential for future progress and development that requires a consultative council that works with the people of our communities to develop our region in an appropriate way, whilst respecting the diversity that exists.

Deputy Mayor Richard Goss

Address:C/- P O Box 156, Longford TAS 7301
Mobile: 0427 514 804

First elected in 2007, I am a high school teacher with a mechanical and construction trade background. I gained a tertiary education at the University of Tasmania (Bachelor of Education). I am married with three children and live at Longford. I grew up at Cressy and I have gained first hand experienced living, working and building my dreams and hopes in the Northern Midlands. I have a strong commitment to the environment and heritage and will ensure that all residents and businesses are fairly represented and consulted on the future decisions of the Northern Midlands Council.

Councillor Dick Adams

Phone: 03 6391 3076
Mobile: 0418 132 828

Elected in 2014, I was the former Federal Member for Lyons for twenty years and also previously served with the State Government. I have lived most of my life in Northern Midlands, starting work at the Longford meatworks, and I am currently again living in Longford. I know the Northern Midlands very well and want to see it develop as an exciting place to live while valuing the heritage and tourism opportunities more fully. I believe we need greater investment and more careful planning to ensure Northern Midlands goes forward itself before involving us with other Northern Tasmania priorities.

Councillor Andrew Calvert

Address:3 Lyttleton Street, Longford TAS 7301
Phone: 03 6391 3100
Mobile: 0418 130 155
Fax: 03 6391 3111

I am a family man and live at Longford. I was elected on to council in October 2007. My profession is farming and rural consultancy . I respect the needs of both town and country ratepayers and the importance of communities pulling together. I support sound financial management, maintaining and improving essential services, generating economic growth and development creating job opportunities whilst respecting our heritage.

Councillor Ian Goninon

Address:P O Box 1935, Launceston TAS 7250
Phone (after hours): 03 6398 2563
Mobile: 0409 700 099
Fax: 03 6332 2520

I live in Devon Hills on a hobby farm with my wife. I am involved in owning and managing a variety of successful local businesses as well as being an active member of the community on various boards and committees within the Northern Midlands area and Tasmania. As a councillor I am committed to supporting and representing our community to ensure it is a place that we, and those after us, can enjoy. I keenly foster the growth of local businesses within the area as chairman of the Northern Midlands Business Association and strive to see the development of our community’s heritage. In the future I will continue in minimising rate rises, encouraging the employment of young people as well as strategically planning our towns for the increased well-being of our community.

Councillor Leisa Gordon


P O Box 29, Campbell Town TAS 7210
Mobile: 0459 638 117

I am a mother of two school age children, and have resided in northern midlands since 2008. I own and operate a small hairdressing business in Campbell Town and was elected Councillor on a platform of respecting the past and embracing the future. I value and respect the wonderful heritage we have inherited and see a very positive future for our region and one which should include the active involvement of our young people whilst creating strong links between our service areas, town folk and farming community.

Councillor Mary Knowles OAM

Address:"Rivendell", Gipps Creek TAS 7213
Phone: 03 6385 2002
Mobile: 0408 766 625

First elected to Council in October 2009 I live at Gipps Creek where my husband and I run a deer and fine wool farm. For over 25 years I have been an active community member, listened to and worked tirelessly to enable community projects to happen. On the Board of Greater Esk Tourism, Heritage Highway Association, Heart FM and other community groups I bring a common sense, down to earth approach to getting things done while using rates wisely. I will continue to promote the Northern Midlands as a place for families and progressive development which supports farmers, industry, small business, tourist opportunities and infrastructure maintenance to keep our towns vibrant and viable.

Councillor Janet Lambert

Address:2 Devon Hills Road, Devon Hills TAS 7300
Mobile: 0418 555 643

Elected to council in October 2011. For over 20 years, my family and I have been proud to call the Northern Midlands home. I am a secondary school teacher, who is an active member within the Northern Midlands area. I am really passionate about seeing our region prosper. This is a wonderful place to live— and I want to do all I can to secure our community's long-term future. Through my community activities and my role within the council, I hope to leave a lasting legacy for the future, ensuring our region is strong and sustainable.

Councillor Michael Polley AM

Address:P O Box 84, Longford TAS 7301
Phone: 03 6391 2244
Mobile: 0418 125 234

For 42 years as a Member of Parliament I vigorously and successfully engaged with federal, state and local governments and actively participated in many communities. I hope to bring the experiences I have gained to the Northern Midlands Council table so that I can help facilitate a stronger, more prosperous and diverse future for all our ratepayers.