The Vision of Active Launceston is to improve the health and wellbeing of the Launceston Community through physical activity.

Staff Profile

Lucy Byrne (nee Marshall) Senior Project Manager (Regional Development) 


After growing up in rural Tasmania, Lucy Byrne moved to Victoria to study Recreation Management at Victoria University. She graduated in 2000 with the Parks and Leisure Australia award for ‘Student of Excellence’.

Following experiences at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre, Lucy started her career in recreation as an Activity Officer for a resort on the east coast of Tasmania. Succeeding this Lucy pursued her interest with young people and recreation and became the Program Manager at Ashley Youth Detention Centre – Tasmania’s only youth detention facility.

She then took time out of her working life to travel around the world and returned to Tasmania to commence a position with the Launceston City Council as Youth and Community Officer for Launceston City Council.

Lucy then moved onto the Parks and Recreation Department of Launceston City Council as the Recreation Planning Officer where she was involved in strategic recreation planning, event management, program coordination and facility development.

In 2008 Lucy was offered a position with The University of Tasmania to develop and manage a highly successful community driven project – Active Launceston
This partnership project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the Launceston community through increased participation in physical activity. Active Launceston has been awarded numerous prestigious awards including the Premier’s Physical Activity Council’s Active Towns Award and the Heart Foundation Local Government award for a healthy weight project. In 2009 Lucy was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for outstanding community engagement for her work with the Active Launceston project.
Lucy has presented at two international conferences in Florida USA, and Stockholm Sweden on the results of the Active Launceston project.

Lucy has also undertaken a part time teaching role with TAFE Tasmania in the Children’s Services Department and was selected to represent Tasmania by Rotary International for a Group Study Exchange to Brazil in 2007. During 2011 Lucy completed the prestigious Tasmanian Leaders Program which is designed to support and educate the emerging leaders of the state of Tasmania. Following on from Lucy’s experience with the Tasmanian Leaders Program she was successful in securing a position on the board of Women Sport and Recreation Tasmania.

Lucy is now available for consultancies in the areas of strategic recreation and leisure planning, event management, health promotion, and community wide physical activity program development. She has recently completed a Feasibility Study into the development of a physical activity intervention project for the small rural community of George Town in Tasmania.

Lucy keeps active through playing hockey, touch football and tennis and does some running with her mates along with the occasional pilates, yoga or bootcamp session.Lucy’s work colleagues and friends would describe her as energetic, loud, fit and passionate.

In 2009 Lucy participated in the Burnie 10 Southern Cross Television promotion. Click here to view Lucy's journey!

HAYDEN FOX Active Tasmania Project Officer

A Devonport boy at heart; Hayden moved to Launceston in February 2010 to pursue his interest in Exercise Science after a year working in the Forestry and living as a part-time Australian Rules footballer in Brisbane. Hayden has a beloved interest in exercise, health, nutrition and strength and conditioning training. He has experience working with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport, AFL Tasmania and is currently the fitness coach at the University-Mowbray Football Club. After completing his undergraduate degree in August 2013, Hayden was successful in gaining employment as the new Active Launceston Information Officer in January 2014. Hayden also currently works part-time as a health and fitness instructor at the LAfit gym at Launceston Aquatic.