UPDATE ON SALTWATER RIVER ROAD WORKS Saltwater River Road, between Nubeena Road and Littles Road

Update 20th September 2022
Tasman Council confirm that Saltwater River Road is now open with a single lane detour in place.
All road users are reminded to obey ALL signage when travelling through the detour, being mindful of changing surfaces and the potential of road workers onsite from time to time.
Tasman Council thanks residents, visitors and other road users for your patience during this time.

Local Government Reform Stage 2 - December 2022

The Tasmanian Government is undertaking a broad review of the role, function and design of Local Government in Tasmania. Community input into the review is vital.

“The Future of Local Government Review has been commissioned by the Tasmanian Government to ensure our system of local government is robust, capable, and ready for the challenges and opportunities of the future. The Review is an ambitious, generational opportunity to explore the role, function, and design of local government in Tasmania.

The Minister for Local Government and Planning, the Hon Roger Jaensch MP, has appointed five members to the Local Government Board established under the Local Government Act 1993, which also includes the Director of Local Government, to undertake the Review. The Board is chaired by the Hon Sue Smith AM.

The Future of Local Government Review commenced on 20 January 2022 and will take approximately 18 months to complete.”

In December 2022, the Board released a stage 2 community update which can be reviewed on the future of local government review website, here: https://www.futurelocal.tas.gov.au/publications/

Tasmanian Planning Scheme - Tasman Planning Scheme Amendment Ref: AM-TAS-1-2022

Notice is hereby given that the Tasmanian Planning Commission has modified and approved an amendment to the Tasmanian Planning Scheme - Tasman in accordance with Section 40N(1)(b) and Section 40Q of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.


ADDRESS: a) 3612 Arthur Highway, Murdunna
folio of the Register 165980/2;
b) 3652 Arthur Highway, Murdunna
folio of the Register 114876/1;
c) 3654 Arthur Highway, Murdunna
folio of the Register 171988/2;
d) Arthur Highway, Murdunna
folio of the Register 171988/1;
e) 3656 Arthur Highway, Murdunna
folios of the Register 234715/1, 65794/1 and 85690/1;
f) Arthur Highway, Murdunna
PID 5958082;
g) 3670 Arthur Highway, Murdunna
folio of the Register 52601/2;
h) 3672 Arthur Highway, Murdunna
folio of the Register 52601/1;
i) 3674 Arthur Highway, Murdunna
folio of the Register 168568/1;
j) the reserved and acquired roads (2) alongside the western boundaries of
folios of the Register 234715/1, 65794/1 and 85690/1; and
k) the reserved roads (4) alongside the boundaries of
folios of the Register 52601/1, 52601/2, 168568/1, 234715/1, 171988/2 and 114876/1.

DESCRIPTION: To (a) rezone land from Agriculture Zone to Rural Zone and (b) apply the Priority Vegetation Area overlay.

The amendment will come into effect on 23 December 2022.
A copy of the approved amendment and associated documentation is available online:
https://www.planning.tas.gov.au/assessments-and-hearings/current-assessments-and-hearings/AM-TAS-1-2022 or at the Council Office, 1713 Main Road, Nubeena, TAS, 7184.


Nominate Now for the 2023 Australian of the Year Awards

Each year our nation celebrates the achievements and contributions of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Australia. The Awards honour an exceptional group of highly-respected Australians who ignite discussion and change on issues of national importance.

The Australian of the Year Awards provides everyone with the opportunity to recognise any Australian who makes them proud. It may be a colleague, friend, neighbour or someone you have only heard about. The four Award categories are: • Australian of the Year • Senior Australian of the Year (65 years and over) • Young Australian of the Year (16 to 30 years) • Australia’s Local Hero.

This year we ask people to reflect on who is active in your community, respect them by nominating them and celebrate their work achievements and inspiring stories. It only takes one nomination for a nominee to make it through to the state and territory awards and then onto the national awards in Canberra on 25 January 2023. Think about people in your local community and those humble heroes that do what they do not for recognition but because they want to make a difference.

Previous Tasmanian winners include Grace Tame (2021 Australian of the Year), Craig Leeson (2022 Tasmanian Australian of the Year), Tom Windsor (2020 Tasmanian Local Hero), Sally Wise (2019 Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year), Mitch McPherson (2017 Young Tasmanian Australian of the Year), and Rodney Croome (2015 Tasmanian Australian of the Year).

Head to the Australian of the Year Awards website to nominate: https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/

Nominations are now open and close on 31 July 2022 for the 2023 Australian of the Year Awards.

Beekeeper Registration December 2022

As part of the implementation of the Biosecurity Act 2019 (the Act), beekeeping is now considered a 'regulated dealing’ and under the Act, a person must not engage in a regulated dealing unless they are registered. Therefore, registration is now compulsory for all Tasmanian commercial and recreational beekeepers. This requirement was formalised in new Biosecurity Regulations 2022 which came into effect on 2 November 2022.

This requirement to register under the Act extends to beekeepers who were previously registered under the Animal Health Act 1995, more information about who needs to be registered and the conditions of registration can be found at https://nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/animal-biosecurity/animal-health/bees/beekeeper-registration

A direct link to the registration form can be found here https://nre.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania/animal-biosecurity/animal-health/bees/beekeeper-registration/beekeeper-registration-form.

Arthur Highway, Eaglehawk Neck - Roadworks

Roadworks to upgrade the Arthur Highway at Eaglehawk Neck will resume on Monday, 19 September 2022.

These works will include road widening and resurfacing works to improve safety.
Works will occur between 7:00am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday with lane closures and traffic delays up to 8 minutes.

There will also be changes to pedestrian access to the Community Hall and Pirates Bay Beach.

All motorists and pedestrians are asked to obey signage and traffic controllers while in the area.

Further information is available by visiting Council's Community Information page on the website under "Community and Events".

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Earlier this year, the Council endorsed a design for improvements to the Tasman Civic Centre in Nubeena. This is a major project for the Council that will see the Civic Centre reinvigorated over a number of years. While there may be some changes on the way, we will never forget the time and passion that this community put into building the Civic Centre and many of the original features including the sports court and performing arts stage, will remain. As this is a large and complex project, we’ll need to do it in stages. A Community Development Grant for $1 Million from the Australian Government, along with $250,000 allocated by the Council will help get Stage one underway. Funding from the Australian Government has a focus on improving the Emergency Management capacity of the Centre, which is also the Municipality’s designated Emergency Evacuation Centre. We expect Stage one to be completed next year. What is Stage one?

About our municipality

The Tasman Municipality is located on Tasmania's picturesque southeast coast approximately 90 minutes from Hobart. As in many rural communities, Tasman's population is dispersed with the majority of people centered in and around the township of Nubeena and the localities of White Beach, Highcroft, Port Arthur, Premaydena, Saltwater River, Koonya, Taranna, Eaglehawk Neck and Murdunna. The municipal area covers approximately 659.3 kilometres. Practically an island, the diversity and abundance of wildlife and plant life is truly remarkable.

The population is relatively stable at approximately 2400, which swells to between 8,000 and 9,000 as a result of tourists and visitors during the summer months who come to enjoy beaches, bush walking and fishing areas as well as as many other tourist attractions.

Tasman strives to be a welcoming community with an unbeatable quaility of life boasting a number of boating and sporting clubs with tourism services catering for all ages and interests. Tasman is also proving to be an attractive area for property developers, people seeking a 'sea change' and retirees looking for a quieter lifestyle.

The Tasman Peninsula was formerly a bustling industrial zone fuelled by convict labour. In the era between convict settlement and the introduction of the modern tourist industry the area was mostly engaged in timber and fishing. The terrain and soil type impeded large-scale agriculture although fruit farming and general farming was and still is carried out in suitable locations.

The Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas are renowned for its rugged coastlines which have been the scene of a number of shipwrecks. At Eaglehawk Neck there are many strange rock formations, including The Devil's Kitchen, Tasmans Arch, Blow Hole and the Tessellated Pavements. Tasman has been said to have some of the world's best surf spots at Eaglehawk Neck, Roaring Beach and Shipsterns Bluff.

An extremely scenic part of Tasmania that is dominated by rolling pastures and heavily timbered hills and surrounded by dramatic coastline of sheer cliffs, towering rocky outcrops and sheltered bay and sea caves. Walking tracks and kayaks provide access to the area's most isolated areas.

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Council is committed to ensuring all public and councillor request for works are registered and dealt with within the guidelines of Council's customer service charter. Additionally, Council has in place public and Councillor request procedures to ensure all requests are dealt with in a timely manner. If you have an issue you would like to report to Council for follow up, including any problems you experience with a road or any signage within the Municipality please complete and submit the below form or contact Council by emailing: tasman@tasman.tas.gov.au or phone: (03) 6250 9200.