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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 Mary Knowles OAM

Mayor Mary Knowles OAM 2022
Address:C/- P O Box 156, Longford TAS 7301
Phone:03 6385 2002
Mobile:0408 766 625

Elected to Council in 2009, and then as Mayor in 2018 I am passionate about the sustainability, health and well-being of our communities; encouraging progressive development supporting farmers, industry, small business, tourism and youth with infrastructure to keep our towns vibrant and viable.

I have a common-sense approach to getting things done while using rates wisely.

Living self-sufficiently off-the-grid for 34 years in a bush environment has given me unique insights into respecting our natural environment and mitigating climate change.

Inducted onto the Honour Roll of Women in 2011, I was awarded an OAM for my community work in 2018 and last year I was awarded the International Women’s Day ‘Inspiring Leader in Local Government’ award. I represent the 29 Councils on the Family and Sexual Violence Consultative Group and was this year invited by the State Government to be the Ambassador for the ‘Hearing Lived Experience’ campaign against family violence.

Read the Mayor's Message here.

Deputy Mayor Janet Lambert
Deputy Mayor Janet Lambert 2022
Address:C/- P O Box 156, Longford TAS 7301

0418 555 643


Elected to council in October 2011. For over 26 years, my family and I have been proud to call the Northern Midlands home. I am passionate about continuing the work I have started in the local government sector, not only being a strong voice for regional and rural communities but also a person of action, ensuring positive change happens and communities thrive. 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 role within the council, I hope to leave a lasting legacy for the future, ensuring our region is strong and sustainable. I consider myself very approachable, honest and transparent; applying a common sense point of view towards all issues put forward. It is important to me that I demonstrate these values at all times to the communities I am privileged to represent.

Councillor Alison Andrews AM
Cr Alison Andrews 2022
Address:C/- P O Box 156, Longford TAS 7301

0438 655 993

The former Northern Midlands Courier editor and publisher Alison Andrews (nee Carins) has been a journalist and writer since she started her journalism cadetship at The Examiner Newspaper, Launceston, Tasmania in 1970.

She has worked for a number of media organisations both locally and interstate, is a published author and has run her own media and public relations company.

Alison worked for many years as The Examiner’s chief reporter and chief of staff and in media and communications in federal politics before taking over ownership and operation of The Courier.

She sold The Courier to a Tasmanian independent publishing company late last year after a record couple of years for circulation and advertising revenue for the newspaper.

The following month she was elected as one of the Northern Midlands Council’s new councillors.

Alison and her husband Rex Heathcote, moved home to Longford to live nearly 10 years ago.

She grew up here and is the third generation of her family to live on Wellington Street, Longford and serve as a local government councillor.

Councillor Richard Archer
Cr Richard Archer 2022


C/- P O Box 156, Longford TAS 7301


0419 327 157


I am a farmer at Longford, married with three adult children and elected to Council in 2022.

Our family also runs a heritage/agri-tourism business which was started in 1987.

I am determined to preserve the environment, lifestyle and prosperity that we enjoy in the Northern Midlands and have been involved in many community groups over the years.

Good management is increasingly complex around the key issues of governance, planning, financial sustainability and climate change.

Councillor Dick Adams OAM
Cr Dick Adams 2022
Address:C/- P O Box 156, Longford TAS 7301
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 Matthew Brooks
Cr Matthew Brooks 2022


C/- P O Box 156, Longford TAS 7301



0407 911 826



Having first been elected to Council in 2005, I served to 2014. After taking a break, I sought re-election in 2018.

I have loved living in Longford for the last 49 years and am passionate about the entire municipality. I am a “roll up your sleeves” councillor and you are most likely to see me cooking a community barbeque or helping out local groups around the area.

Actions speak louder than words, and I’m known for publicly speaking out on local issues that affect local people. Red tape and bureaucracy are my pet hate and it’s a constant thorn in the side of local government I believe.

I support common sense and work hard throughout this municipality. Whilst taking my morning walks around Longford, I talk to the locals about local issues that really matter to them.

I am very easy to contact and will respond quickly to emails, facebook and phone messages and calls.

Councillor Richard Goss
Cr Richard Goss 2022

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 Andrew McCullagh
Cr Andrew McCullagh 2022
Address:C/- P O Box 156, Longford TAS 7301
Mobile:0418 122 333

Born and bred in the township of Longford, attended Longford Primary, before moving onto St Patricks College for secondary education.

Although having significant business interests beyond the NMC district, Longford and the Northern Midlands will always truly be home.

Up until 2022, I was privileged the play in Longford Football Clubs last premiership in 1991 and before that the 1986 NTFA Centenary Premiership Cup.

Having the utmost confidence and passion for the long terms opportunities the Northern Midlands District presents, I will do all possible to seek the highest levels of Governance to ensure that growth and confidence of residents and businesses residing under this great Historical Municipality

Councillor Paul Terrett
Cr Paul Terrett 2022
Address:C/- P O Box 156, Longford TAS 7301
Mobile:0474 187 595

Elected in 2022 and I live in Devon Hills. I spent my career in Local Government working as a Departmental Inspector, Councillor and Senior Ministerial Advisor. As a Ministerial Chief of Staff for the portfolios Primary Industries, Water and Small Business I have facilitated the development of innovative and constructive policies and strategies for the betterment of the community.

I know the challenges facing farmers formally running a sheep and cattle property. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at Woolmers Estate informing visitors on Tasmania’s rich colonial history. I also am an active member of the Clarendon gardening group.

I am passionate about serving the community and making the Northern Midlands an even better place to live.

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