City of Launceston

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City of Launceston
A map showing the Launceston City LGA in Tasmania
Launceston City LGA in Tasmania
Coordinates 41°21′00″S 147°15′36″E / 41.35000°S 147.26000°E / -41.35000; 147.26000Coordinates: 41°21′00″S 147°15′36″E / 41.35000°S 147.26000°E / -41.35000; 147.26000
Population 67,078 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 0.44/km2 (1.1/sq mi)
Established 1853
Area 1,405 km2 (542.5 sq mi)
Mayor Albert Van Zetten
Council seat Launceston
Region Launceston and surrounds
State electorate(s) Bass
Federal Division(s) Bass
Launceston City Council Logo.gif
Website City of Launceston
LGAs around City of Launceston:
West Tamar George Town Dorset
West Tamar City of Launceston Break O'Day
Meander Valley Northern Midlands Northern Midlands

The City of Launceston is a local government area of Tasmania, encompassing about half of the greater Launceston area in northern Tasmania. It also includes a region to the north east of Launceston, encompassing towns such as Lilydale. The population residing in this area, 67,190, is the highest of any Local Government Area in Tasmania.[2]

This area is governed by the Launceston City Council, led by a mayor and eleven other aldermen. The current mayor is Albert Van Zetten, who defeated Legislative Councillor Ivan Dean in the 2007 council elections. Dean's predecessor, 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.

The City's logo features the Tasmanian tiger, an indigenous animal once bountiful in the Launceston district but hunted to extinction.


Launceston was first declared as a municipality in 1853 and included only the city centre and immediate surrounds of Launceston. 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. In 1908, the Municipalities of George Town, St Leonards, Lilydale, Evandale, Beaconsfield, Longford and Westbury were established.

In 1985, the Municipalities of Lilydale and St Leonards were amalgamated with the Launceston City Council, although the extensive suburban areas under the West Tamar and Meander Valley municipalities remained outside the City Council's jurisdiction.[3] This has produced a local government area that overlaps its similarly named city, rather than either being contained by or encompassing it.


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Launceston City Council area Community Profile". 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.  Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2011.
  3. ^ State Library Service of Tasmania (1999). "Properties in Launceston - their owners and occupiers". Retrieved 2007-05-22. 

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