The following notice is published pursuant to Section 95A (3) of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The Glamorgan Spring Bay Council  is proposing to construct and operate a 3000 megalitre capacity water storage on the Tea Tree Rivulet 14 kms from Orford, Tasmania.

The proposed action was referred to the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE) to determine whether assessment and approval under the EPBC Act was required. On 16 June 2017, the proposed action was deemed a ‘controlled action’, subject to assessment by Preliminary Documentation. The controlling provision under the EPBC Act is ‘listed threatened species and communities’ (Sections 18 and 18A).

Glamorgan Spring Bay Council is now inviting public comments on the preliminary documentation that will be used to assess the proposed action under the EPBC Act.

The preliminary documentation is now available for viewing at the following locations:

Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, 9 Melbourne Street, Triabunna, Victoria, 7190

Environment Protection Authority, via Service Tasmania, 134 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000

Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy, email to arrange a time for viewing at the Department of the Environment and Energy in Canberra, ACT

Electronic copies of the documentation can also be accessed below.

The public comment period is open for 10 business days between 2 August 2018 and 15 August 2018. Comments can be made via:


North Barker Ecosystem Services,

163 Campbell Street, Hobart

Tasmania 7000


Persons with special needs (e.g. for whom English is a second language or who have vision impairment) can contact Dr Philip Barker North Barker Ecosystem Services on 0438 250 713 or at for assistance in accessing the documentation.

David Metcalf

General Manager

Index of Documents (PPRWS EPBC invitation for comment)

A. PPRWS Referral

B. 3.1 Flora and Fauna Habitat Assessment -Dam Site

C. 3.1b The Likelihood of Occurrence and Assessment of Likely Impact on MNES

D. 3.1c. EPBC Act Protected Matters Report

E. 3.1d. Botanical Survey and Fauna Habitat Assessment Water Distribution Pipeline

F. 3.1e Desktop and Field Assessment of the Natural Values at the Proposed Site of a Pipeline in the Prosser River, Orford, Tasmania

G. 3.1f. Prosser River Stabilisation: Flora and Fauna Habitat Assessment

H. 3.2a. Tea Tree Rivulet Draft Hydrology Assessment

I. 3.2b. Tea Tree Rivulet Draft Aquatic Environment and Hydrology Baseline Assessment

J. 3.2c. Twamley Dam Transmission Loss Assessment

K. 3.9. Twamley Dam and Delivery Pipeline Project Aboriginal Heritage Assessment Final Draft Report

L. 4.1 CEMP Injured Animal Protocol

M. Additional information required for preliminary documentation Prosser Plains Raw Water Scheme, Tasmania (EPBC 2017/7927)

N. Appendix 1. Dam Works Practices Plan

O. Appendix 2. Construction Environmental Management Plan Requirements Twamley Dam Site and Surroundings

P. Appendix 2b. Sediment and Erosion Control Plan

Q. 2c. Environmental Protection Guidelines for Construction

R. Appendix 3a. Expert Opinion. BirdLife Tasmania

S. Appendix 3b. Expert opinion FPA

T. Appendix 4. Conservation Covenant Policy

U. Appendix 5. Covenant (Draft)

V. Appendix 5b. Nature Conservation Plan (Draft)

W. Appendix 6. Tea Tree Rivulet Dam Aquatic Environment and Environmental Flow Assessment

X. Appendix 7. Twamley Dam Hydrological Reliability Modelling

Y. Appendix 8. Water Licence

Z. Appendix 9. Watercourse Authority


Glamorgan Spring Bay Council continues to develop the Triabunna Wharf and Marina Precinct (TWMP).

The TWMP consists of berths for recreational boats, tour boats and commercial fishing boats.

There is a four lane, all tide public boat ramp with large vehicle and trailer parking facilities.

Council commenced development of the TWMP in 2012 and has completed Stages 1 and 2 of the development.

Excavation works have commenced on Stages 3 and 4 of the development. These stages will provide an additional 35 berths to the marina when completed as well as an additional 11 berths for small vessel, casual berthing. This construction phase will include the installation of a diesel fuel facility located at the wharf for boat operators.

Upon completion of all 4 stages, the Triabunna Wharf and Marina will consist of the following:

  • Over 100 marina berths
  • 4 Maria Island tourist boat berths
  • 7 commercial fishing boat berths
  • 1 maintenance berth and diesel fuel facilities
  • 4 lane, all tide public recreational boat ramp
  • Waterfront boatel apartments

The development of the TWMP has cemented Triabunna’s future as the gateway to Maria Island National Park and a boating mecca for East Coast Tasmania.


Solis covers 272 hectares of premium waterfront land, only a 45-minute drive from Hobart airport. It offers the perfect base to explore the National Parks and World Heritage Areas found on the east coast of Tasmania.

Solis can be broken down into three specific components, which will be constructed and developed simultaneously. These include:

  • Development of an 18-hole golf course on land donated to council at Louisville Point Road, Orford. The Glamorgan Spring Bay Council will lease the “Golf Course Land” to a private lessee on commercial terms, and the lessee will construct and operate the golf course.
  • The development of around 609 residential lots through the sub-division of land surrounding the golf course development, over three stages. This includes the development of a 60 unit eco-cabin holiday
  • The re-development of the Eastcoaster Resort. This would involve completing an approved 10 lot subdivision and a new street at the end of Louisville Rd to replace the existing 20 strata titles. Other work involves an upgrade to the existing resort, construction of a new waterfront café/marina complex including an upgrade to the existing outdoor pool and jetty, and redesign of the existing caravan and cabin park for the construction of 24 holiday units purposefully designed with a golfing theme. In order to link these facilities between Orford and Triabunna, a coastal walking track will also be established.






The Bicheno Triangle Project is an important initiative within the development of the Great Eastern Drive on the east coast of Tasmania. This project is being undertaken by Council in partnership with the Bicheno Community Development Association Inc (BCDA) and will be developed on Council owned public space. The BCDA on behalf of the Bicheno community has been working closely with Council on the development of the Bicheno Triangle design.

The Triangle is currently under-utilised public space in the centre of the Bicheno township, directly adjacent the Tasman Highway, the main route through the town. It is a site that the community and Council have struggled with in terms of how best to design and develop the space in a way that benefits the community economically and socially. It has been perceived as ‘dead space’ on a site that should be a visitor hub for Bicheno. The site offers an ideal opportunity to create a multiple use landscaped area that encourages visitors to stop, take a break and explore the town and in particular visit the local businesses, Visitor Information Centre and retail outlets, which surround this area.

The master plan includes new car park areas, new pavements, pedestrian thresholds, playground and lookout structure, BBQ shelter, picnic shelter and bus shelter. The Bicheno Triangle Project has been designed by award winning landscape architects James Birrell Design. This is in keeping with the East Coast Regional Tourism Organisation’s (ECRTO) and GSBC’s vision for a series of interesting, well-designed experiential buildings and spaces along the Great Eastern Drive.


Plans are well underway for the development of a walking track along the Coles Bay foreshore from Muirs Beach to Richardsons Beach. This project is a partnership between the Freycinet Association Inc. (FAI), Parks and Council. As locals and visitors to the village of Coles Bay will be aware, the roadside along the foreshore is very narrow. This new walking track will allow safe pedestrian movement through an idyllic coastal setting, encouraging visitors to park their vehicles and enjoy the walk. The track will be constructed as an all-weather gravel pavement with footbridges where required.



Council is in the very early stages of investigating a proposal for a 200 berth marina, floating houses and residential development at Waterloo Point in Swansea. A master plan for the site is currently being developed. The opportunity for this area was initially identified in the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council Swansea Structure Plan that was drafted in 2014/15 and endorsed by Council in 2016. The Council and State Government will work with the interested proponent in developing a plan for the re-location of current facilities on the site, acquisition of the Crown Land and legislative requirements related to the planning process.


The existing toilets at Jubilee Beach in Swansea have been identified by Council and the community as requiring an upgrade. These toilets are amongst the most visited in Tasmania according to the 2016 Sense-T survey conducted by UTAS and Tourism Tasmania. Council has engaged architects Gilby and Brewin to design new toilets for the site that take full advantage of the views plus an upgrade to the existing toilets. It is intended that the new toilets will be architecturally striking and create interest and an attraction in their own right as part of the Great Eastern Drive touring route.


The Triabunna Town Entry – Gateway Gatehouse project was developed as part of Triabunna Tomorrow- an urban design study of the town of Triabunna. It was conducted as a collaboration between Monash University Art Design and Architecture, UTAS, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and Spring Bay Mill.

Triabunna Tomorrow website.

Triabunna Urban Design Study Report

Triabunna Tomorrow is about rethinking and redefining the town’s built environment to assist with developing the town as the gateway to Maria Island and the economic benefits of encouraging visitors to stop and spend some time exploring and discovering Triabunna.

The Gateway Gatehouse project is one of the critical Stage 1 projects to come out of a series of urban design recommendations that deliver the establishment of a coordinated culture and environment within Triabunna. It contains contemporary buildings, spaces and artworks that will completely redefine the town.

The Gateway Gatehouse is being built on Council owned land at the main entrance to the town on the Great Eastern Drive (GED) and is clearly visible from the highway. It will aim to capitalise on and improve the visitor journey along the GED.

The overall purpose of the Gateway Gatehouse is to create a welcoming, memorable and meaningful entry experience to the town. It will act as a satellite visitor information centre, providing a place for visitors to pull over, discover what the town is about and clearly position and signpost Triabunna as the gateway to Maria Island National Park.