White Beach Water Sampling Update - 16 March 2023

The most recent water quality test carried out at White Beach on Tuesday 14 March 2023 has shown the water meets the recommended water quality guidelines and is safe for swimming. Signage at White Beach has been removed.

The test that failed was carried out in rough conditions which can result in a higher than recommended level of Enterococcii.

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/


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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