The purpose of our prospectus is to share more about our municipality with our funding partners, to highlight that Glamorgan Spring Bay is an attractive area for investment, and to make future planning and delivery of vital community projects a smoother and more efficient process. Projects recommended here proceed from councils Ten Year Strategic Plan 2020-2029.

The projects in this document complement existing government strategies and policies and highlight our enthusiasm to improve our region. We are willing to discuss options for funding for any or all of these priority projects and look forward to working with you on building a better community for all of our residents and visitors.

Project Prospectus February 2024

The works for the Swansea Main St development, funded from grants is almost complete. The funds have taken the works as far as we can stretch them.

Tenders were significantly above the original budget, as has been the case with all works budgeted before the end of 2020, meaning the scope of works encompassed in the design is not able to be delivered at this time, through the grant.

This provides opportunity in the future to complete the works through future funding with a shovel ready design.

Coles Bay Foreshore Path construction is underway with bush trail and road shared pathways commenced. Works will be completed soon.

Coles Bay Foreshore Path – Muirs Beach to Jetty Road

To view the proposed Bicheno Gulch plan, please click here. 

Bicheno Triangle Redevelopment Project 

Please click here to view the latest design package for the project.

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 and retail outlets, which surround this area.

The second and final stage of the master plan includes an iconic lookout structure with integrated public amenities new pavements, pedestrian thresholds, seating, BBQ and picnic shelters and landscaping. The Bicheno Triangle Project is being designed by award winning landscape architect James Birrell of Place Design Group. 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.

The 2018-19 financial year saw the completion of Stage 1 of the two stage project with Civilscape being the successful tenderer.

Stage 1 involved the redevelopment of the car park area, through road, bus shelter and exposed aggregate footpaths. Landscaping was established to compliment the civil works.

The proposed structure for Stage 2 originally included a slide. The slide has been deleted due to safety concerns. Two options for the structure are being considered for inclusion in the works. Both options replicate the original triangle theme and incorporate public amenities. The inclusion of public amenities with the focal structure will provide a high quality facility with lower long term costs. This will also free up the originally planned location for the amenities for additional parking (5 spaces) and or charging bays.


Project Update January 2022: 
The community information meeting for the Bicheno Triangle Redevelopment, held in September
last year, was well attended on the day. Over 200 questionnaire responses to the project and
proposed options were submitted on the day with further feedback by email for several days
following the event.

A preliminary design including the preferred options was prepared for the redevelopment of the
Bicheno Triangle that incorporated feedback from the event questionnaires and received by email.

An accessibility audit was conducted on all the elements comprising the proposed Triangle Redevelopment that included the following:
 On Street Accessible Parking
 Footpaths
 Drain Grates & Pits
 Street Furniture
 Lighting
 Signage & Wayfinding
 Directional Tactile Ground Surface Indicators
 Kerb Ramps
 Stairs & Ramps
 Barbecue & Cooking Facilities
 Spectator & Viewing Areas
 Public Toilets
 Green Spaces, Street Trees, Garden Verge, and the like

The design package for the Bicheno Triangle Redevelopment submitted with the Development
Application has been prepared with consideration of community feedback and compliance with the
Accessibility Audit Report.

Project Timelines:
 Complete Preliminary Design – January 2022
 Approvals February
 Development Application – February/March 2022
 Complete Design and Tender Documentation – March 2022
 Tender – March/April 2022
 Award Contract – May 2022
 Construction –  November 2022 to September 2023


Option 1:  is similar in size and shape to the original proposal but with full width steps, replacing the slide.












Option 2: has a slightly larger footprint with amphitheatre terraced seating widening at the base.














The Local Provisions Schedule (“LPS”) completed exhibition under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (“the Act”) on 17 February 2020.  54 representations were received during the two-month exhibition period, with another four representations received after the period closed.

The representations were assessed against the requirements of the Act and workshopped with the Council to determine how to respond to them.

A report was prepared under section 35 of the act that assessed the representations and provided recommendations for the Council Issues raised in the representations included the following:

  • Zoning of conservation covenanted properties;
  • Application of scenic management overlays to additional areas and changes to the assessment criteria;
  • Use of Rural versus Agriculture zoning for properties;
  • The Coles Bay Swanwick Specific Area Plan;
  • Use of the Future Urban zone at Orford/Rheban Road;
  • Subdivision at the Fisheries;
  • Rezoning of properties, for a range of reasons;
  • Identification and assessment of priority vegetation issues; and
  • Assessment of impacts for proposals in waterfront locations.

The Section 35 Report is available from the Council website from 20 August, along with the agenda report (click here). . That report will be considered at its meeting on 25 August.

Many representations were not allowed to be considered under the requirements of section 35F of the act (available here).  These were seeking changes to the State Planning Provisions or to Transitional Provisions.

Changes to the State Planning Provisions are prohibited under the Act.  Where changes are required, Council must lodge a notice with the Tasmanian Planning Commission under section 35G of the Act.  The report provided a recommendation that supports changes to some provisions, including exemptions, operation of the scenic management code, how the Priority Vegetation under the Natural Assets Code is prepared and works, how water quality issues are managed under the State Policy on Water Quality Management and management of lighting impacts on natural landscapes.

Transitional provisions are subject to a Notice under the Act allows them to transfer from the Interim Planning Scheme to the Local Provisions Schedule.  Changes to these are limited to translation issues going from one document to the other.

Where to from here?

From here, the report is submitted to the Tasmanian Planning Commission to continue their assessment of the LPS.

The Commission will then contact representors and ask if they wish to attend a public hearing on the LPS.  More information on the Commission’s process is available from their website and the exhibition and hearings tabs of the iplan website.  Specific information on the hearings can be accessed from here.

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 has completed Stages 1 to 4 of the marina expansion to cater for the high demand for marina berths.

Expansion development to the TWMP commenced in 2012.

The TWMP has 24 hour CCTV monitoring for security.

The Triabunna Wharf and Marina consists of the following:

  • Over 100 marina berths
  • 1 Ferry terminal servicing passengers to Maria Island
  • 3 Tour boats berths servicing the popular East Coast
  • 7 commercial fishing boat berths
  • Large Commercial wharf with diesel fuel facilities
  • 4 lane, all tide public recreational boat ramp

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.

TWMP Stages 1-4 complete

Due to the economic and social success of the Triabunna Wharf and Marina Precinct, and the ongoing demand for additional commercial and marina berths as well as the long-term needs of the Maria Island ferry, a long-term master plan has been prepared.  The Spring Bay Harbour Expansion Master Plan was developed through 2018 in consultation with key users and stakeholders.

The development of the Spring Bay Harbour Expansion Master Plan coincided with Federal Government infrastructure grant funding programs that relate strongly with the objectives and social and economic benefits that the Master Plan will bring.  Accordingly grant submissions were made with multiple letters of support from local organisations and potential users however the outcome is not yet known.

GSBC Harbour Master Plan

GSBC Harbour Master Plan PMP

GSBC Harbour Expansion and Maria Island Ferry Terminal Economic Assessment

GSBC Spring Bay Harbour Presentation_23.05.2018


VEC Upgrade Design Concept

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 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  completely redefine the town.

The Gateway Gatehouse has been 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 aims 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 acts 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.