City of Launceston

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Launceston City Council (or City of Launceston) is a local government body in Tasmania, located in the city and surrounds of Launceston in the north of the state. The Launceston local government area is classified as urban and has a population of 67,449,[1] which also encompasses the localities including Lilydale, Targa and through to Swan Bay on the eastern side of the Tamar River.

Launceston City Council
Map showing the Launceston local government area
Coordinates41°21′38″S 147°18′16″E / 41.3605°S 147.3044°E / -41.3605; 147.3044Coordinates: 41°21′38″S 147°18′16″E / 41.3605°S 147.3044°E / -41.3605; 147.3044
Population67,449 (2018)[1]
 • Density47.701/km2 (123.54/sq mi)
Established1 January 1853[2]
Area1,414 km2 (545.9 sq mi)[1]
MayorDanny Gibson
Council seatLaunceston
RegionLaunceston and surrounds
State electorate(s)Bass
Federal division(s)Bass
Launceston City Council Logo.gif
WebsiteLaunceston City Council
LGAs around Launceston City Council:
West Tamar George Town Dorset
West Tamar Launceston City Council Break O'Day
Meander Valley Northern Midlands Northern Midlands
Map showing Launceston City LGA in Tasmania


The current mayor is Danny Gibson, who succeeded Albert Van Zetten at the 2022 local government elections. Previous mayor, Janie Dickenson, was, at the time of her election, the youngest female mayor in Australia. She was first elected mayor in February 2002 at the age of 27.

Name Position[3] Party affiliation
Danny Gibson Mayor/councillor Independent
Matthew Garwood Deputy mayor/councillor Independent
George Razay Councillor Independent
Joe Pentridge Councillor Independent
Hugh McKenzie Councillor Independent
Andrea Dawkins Councillor Independent
Andrew Palmer Councillor Independent
Lindi McMahon Councillor Independent
Susie Cai Councillor Independent
Alan Harris Councillor Independent
Tim Walker Councillor Independent
Alex Britton Councillor Independent

History and attributesEdit

Launceston is classified as urban, regional and medium (URM) under the Australian Classification of Local Governments.[4] The population at the 2016 Census was over 65,000, making Launceston the most populous of the 29 local government areas in Tasmania.

The municipality logo features the now extinct Tasmanian tiger, an indigenous marsupial that used to be prevalent in the Launceston district.


Launceston was first declared as a municipality in 1853 and declared a city in 1888.[5] Its original boundaries have long since been redefined and the area now known as the City of Launceston includes parts of the former Lilydale, St Leonard's, Evandale and Westbury Municipalities.[6] In the 1890s, the municipality grew to include Galvin Town (South Launceston) and in 1906 to include the northern suburbs of Invermay, Mowbray and Trevallyn.[7] This has produced a local government area that overlaps its similarly named city, rather than either being contained by or encompassing it.


Suburbs of the city of LauncestonEdit

DilstonEast LauncestonInvermayKings MeadowsLauncestonMayfieldMowbrayNewnhamNewsteadNorwoodProspectPunchbowlRavenswoodRocherleaSouth LauncestonSt LeonardsSummerhillTrevallynWaverleyWest LauncestonYoungtown

Localities other than suburbsEdit

BangorBlessingtonBurns CreekGolcondaKaroolaLallaLebrinaLilydaleLower Turners MarshMount DirectionMyrtle BankNorth LilydaleNunamaraPatersoniaPipers BrookPipers RiverProspect ValeRelbiaRetreatSpringfieldSwan BayTargaTayeneTunnelTurners MarshUnderwoodUpper BlessingtonWhite HillsWindermereWyena

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
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  3. ^ "Meet Us - Launceston City". Launceston City Council. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Local government national report 2014-2015". Australian Government. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  5. ^ History Pages (2007). "Significant works of architects in Launceston". Architecture History of Tasmania. Archived from the original on 30 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Agency Details: Launceston City Council". Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  7. ^ State Library Service of Tasmania (1999). "Properties in Launceston - their owners and occupiers". Retrieved 22 May 2007.

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