9 June 2021

Glamorgan Spring Bay Council has been working closely with our medical providers in our municipality to identify how we can best provide medical services to our community.
Council and the Swansea General Practice have reached a point where we would like to explore opportunities for a external organisation to deliver health care services at the Triabunna, Swansea and Bicheno Practices.

This means that we are wanting to ask for expressions of interest’s from medical providers to run the three centres in our community.
Whilst we have excellent staff and medical practitioners, we want to see if there is another model which will improve this service. As part of the EOI, we are making it clear that we especially want to see our fantastic medical practitioners and staff remain at each location, but look into other options on how the overall business in managed to make sure residents can access a wide range of affordable medical services.

The first step in this process is that we will release an Expression of Interest (EOI) document which service providers can respond to. Once the EOI’s are received we will then evaluate the submissions through a panel of senior staff and medical practitioners. The submissions that are able to address the criteria will then be invited to submit a more detailed tender. This way we can ensure we are meeting our requirements under the Local Government Act and also achieve the best possible outcome for our community.

This process will take several weeks, and Council will keep the community informed of the outcomes.

Business Hardship Critical Support Grants announced

Jane Howlett, Minister for Small Business

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

8 June 2021

Businesses affected by the recent closure of the Tasman Highway will be able to apply for a Business Hardship Critical Support Grant from this coming Friday 11 June,  providing much-needed support during this unprecedented event.

Significant progress on the rock removal has been made at Paradise Gorge since the road’s closure, allowing experts to provide an estimate on how much more rock needs to be removed and how long it will take to clean up the site.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael Ferguson, said the project would move to the next phase focussed on removing the more difficult to access rocks and cleaning the rock face and slope of the large amount of loose debris and broken boulders.

“Our estimates at this stage is that we expect to reopen the Tasman Highway in mid-July, but we’ll be doing everything possible to minimise the time taken to complete this work, keeping safety at the forefront of our minds,” Minister Ferguson said.

Minister for Small Business, Jane Howlett, said that given the timeframe for the interruption is now better understood, the Government would immediately offer a Business Hardship Critical Support Grant for impacted businesses of between $2,500 and $25,000.

Up to $1 million has been allocated to these grants, with the program guidelines to be released tomorrow and applications opening this Friday 11 June.

Grants will be available to businesses located south of Lake Leake road, or in one of the following towns being Buckland, Orford, Triabunna, Little Swanport and Swansea, as well as those businesses who can demonstrate that they are part of the supply chain through the delivery of essential goods and services in and out of the area.

“To be eligible for support of more than $2,500, businesses must demonstrate a loss in turnover of greater than 30 per cent from 28 May 2021 in comparison to the previous month prior to the road closure.

“Importantly, these grants will be available to businesses so they can support their employees through this difficult time, with a set of criteria developed to make the process as efficient and easy as possible,” Minister Howlett said.

First and foremost, we want to acknowledge the difficult impact this is having on the community and that’s why we have announced this targeted support for businesses today, as well as the range of transport, freight, education and health supports provided over the past 10 days.

Applications will be assessed by a Departmental assessment team for consideration by an independent panel, including a representative from the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and representatives from the Tasmanian Development and Resources Board. Grant payments will commence in early July. Consistent with other hardship grant programs specific details of grant recipients will not be disclosed.

Once all the rocks and gravel have been removed from the road, a full assessment of the road and retaining wall will be done to assess what further repairs will be required.

Importantly, road users are reminded to drive with caution on Wielangta Road during the expected wet conditions this week. Wielangta Road was graded over the weekend to prepare for the expected rainfall and the road condition will continue to be monitored and repaired as necessary.

We again thank the community for their patience and for continuing to work with us during this unexpected and serious event. We will continue to keep the public updated on progress of the work.

Businesses who believe they are impacted by the Tasman Highway closure and would like to learn more about the grants announced June 9th, are asked to contact Business Tasmania on 1800 440 026 or or access the Business Tasmania website for the guidelines Business Hardship Critical Support Grant | Business Tasmania



Glamorgan Spring Bay Council is pleased to advise that members of the public will be able to attend Council Meetings in person once again, starting June 2021.

Due to maximum density limits associated with COVID-19, Council is able to accommodate for a maximum of 6 visitors in the Council Meeting.

Registrations will open on the Thursday prior to the scheduled monthly Council Meeting and will close by 12 noon the day before the meeting. Once the maximum numbers have been reached, no further registrations will be accepted and only members of the public who have registered for the meeting will be able to attend.

To register your attendance, please use the following link or contact Council’s Executive Officer on 6256 4777.

If you have a question to ask during Public Question Time and are unable to attend the meeting, Council will allow questions to be provided by written notice up until 12 noon the day before the Council Meeting by either emailing or alternatively questions can be left in the post box outside the Council Chambers located at 9 Melbourne Street, Triabunna.


Dolphin Sands Ratepayers Association will be doing grant funded mulching of coastal wattle along Dolphin Sands Rd from  3 – 18 June 2021
Motorists/Pedestrians are to comply to all signage around the work site/s.



If you are 50 years and over and live in the Triabunna or East Coast area you are now able to get a  free COVID-19 vaccination.

The clinic is being co-ordinated and communicated by the Department of Health through the Tasmanian Vaccination Emergency Operations Centre. The vaccination clinic, targeted at the 50 years of age and older group follows the front line and at risk Covid 19 vaccination program already underway.

This was a result of Council lobbying the State to hold a clinic in Triabunna due to the patients of Spring Bay Medical not being provided with the opportunity close to home. Residents of Swansea and Bicheno are being booked in through the respective medical centres. However they can access this is they wish to.

The clinic details are:

Venue   Triabunna Memorial Hall – 3 Vicary Street, Triabunna

Dates    Each Saturday – 22 May, 29 May, 5 June, 12 June

Time     10am-3pm

If you have not already arranged an appointment with your local GP, please make a booking at or call the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. More details about the Tasmanian COVID-19 vaccine rollout can be found at:


Please be advised, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council plan to close Jetty Road in Swansea from 21 – 23 of June (subject to weather conditions) due to resealing works of the Boat Trailer Parking area.  Click here to view the proposed area to be closed to traffic.

Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.


 Please be advised that the Swansea Town Hall is closed for maintenance until further notice as of Monday 10th May 2021.We apologies for any inconvenience.


Sampling of Recreational Water is required under the provisions of the Recreational Water Quality Guidelines as prescribed by the Public Health Act 1997.  The Australian Guidelines for Recreational Use of Water provide for the procedures and prescribed limits for the different uses for the water.  Consideration has only been given to the highest class of use, Primary contact.

Results for Glamorgan Spring Bay Council are listed below:


Water testing results  
Beach: 20/12/20 18/01/21 19/02/21
Jubilee Beach, Swansea <10 <10 <10
Muirs Beach, Coles Bay <10 52 <10
Richardsons Beach, Coles Bay <10 10 10.0
Waubs Beach, Bicheno 10 <10
Raspins Beach, Orford 10 <10 <10
East Shelly Beach, Orford <10 10 10.0
Spring Bay, Orford <10 <10 <10

The Recreational Water Quality Guidelines 2007 (Public Health Act 1997) sets the base limit for microbiological standards for investigation as greater than 140 enterococci/100ml.

Resampling must be undertaken within 48 hours of becoming aware of a 140/100ml enterococci sample and conduct appropriate sanitary inspection.

Where two consecutive samples are greater than 280/100ml, the public must be advised if primary contact water body and resampling must be undertaken immediately within 48 hours of becoming aware of the result.  Any decision to remove an advisory sign shall be determined in conjunction with the Director of Public Health.

As shown all commonly used recreational sites comply with the microbiological guidelines of a median value of not more than <140 cfu/100mL Enterococci.


The weed and vegetation control spraying program in both township and rural areas is ongoing, weather permitting. The program involves treatment in residential areas, rural roadsides and public reserves.

Council has a current list of ratepayers who have requested that areas adjacent to their properties not be sprayed. Should any property owner wish to maintain their own frontage and be included on the ‘no spray’ list please contact Council’s Works Department on 03 62564777.


Substantial Modifications to the draft Glamorgan Spring Bay Local Provisions Schedule

Public Exhibition and Invitation for Written Representations

Following the Tasmanian Planning Commission hearings into the draft Glamorgan Spring Bay Local Provisions Schedule (Draft LPS), the Commission issued a notice under section 35K(1)(c) of the Land Use Planning & Approvals Act 1993 (the Act), directing Council to substantially modify some parts of its submitted Draft LPS.

Pursuant to section 35B of the Act, the Commission has directed Council to exhibit the substantial modifications and invite representations.

The substantial modifications include:

  • Deletion of GSB-S4.0 Coles Bay and Swanwick Specific Area Plan from the draft LPS document and the planning scheme maps;
  • Inserting new provisions for GSB-P6.0 Particular Purpose Zone – The Fisheries, a particular purpose zone developed in response to representations about the impacts of development at The Fisheries, Coles Bay; and
  • Applying GSB-P6.0 Particular Purpose Zone – The Fisheries to privately owned lands at The Fisheries.

To view the Substantially Modified Part of the Draft Glamorgan Spring Bay Local Provisions Schedule

Glamorgan Spring Bay Draft LPS – Substantially Modified Part

To view the Tasmanian Planning Commission decision

Glamorgan Spring Bay Draft LPS – Decision Under Section 35K(1)(c) to Substantially Modify Part of the Draft LPS

To view the Tasmanian Planning Commission notice requiring substantial modifications

Glamorgan Spring Bay Draft LPS – Notice – Letter to Planning Authority to Substantially Modify Under s35K(1)(c)

A hard copy of the documents can also be viewed at:

  • Council’s office at 9 Melbourne St, Triabunna (open 9.00am – 4.30pm), Monday to Friday), or
  • Tasmanian Planning Commission, Level 3, 144 Macquarie Street, Hobart (open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday)

Representations can be made from Wednesday 19 May 2021 until close of business Wednesday 19 July 2021 in writing to the General Manager, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council:

Please note:

  • Representations must relate to the substantially modified part of the Draft LPS on exhibition.
  • Representations that relate to other matters or the content of the State Planning Provisions cannot be accepted.


Applications have been submitted to the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council for a planning permit for the following uses and/or developments.

By accessing the following information on this website, you will be taken to have agreed to the following terms and conditions:

The information on this website is provided for the purpose of encouraging public awareness and participation in the planning process in accordance with the objectives of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 The information is not a detailed history of the planning application process and is not notification for the purpose of section 57(3) of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993

The contents of this website (which includes downloadable material) are subject to copyright and are protected by law.  Council grants you a non-exclusive licence to reproduce the contents of this website in your web browser for the sole purpose of viewing the content.  Council reserves all other rights.  Digital applications displayed on this website are intended for public perusal only and should not be reproduced without the consent of the copyright owner.

Persons wishing to confirm the details of the application can view the application at the locations below during normal office hours.

Application documents will be available for inspection on Council’s website at and at Council’s offices at 9 Melbourne Street, Triabunna.  Any person may make a representation on an application by letter (PO Box 6, Triabunna) or electronic mail ( addressed to the General Manager.

Name Address Application Date Closing Date Pdf file
Shed RA69 Suncoast Drive, Bicheno - CT 103726/11 Friday 04 June 2021 Friday 18 June 2021

DA 2021 – 123 – RA69 Suncoast Drive, Bicheno Exhibited Documents

Subdivision x 2 lots RA139 Saltworks Road, Little Swanport - CT 17693/27 Friday 04 June 2021 Friday 18 June 2021

SA 2020-45 – RA139 Saltworks Road, Little Swanport Exhibited Documents

Treated water reservoir Water storage reservoir Crown Land, Coles Bay Friday 11 June 2021 Friday 25 June 2021

DA 2021 – 149 – Crown Land Coles Bay Exhibited Documents

Outbuilding 11 Van Leeuwen Crescent, Spring Beach CT 35156/11 Friday 11 June 2021 Friday 25 June 2021

DA 2021 – 153 – 11 Van Leeuwen Cres, Spring Beach Exhibited Documents

Addition / alteration to dwelling 41 East Shelly Road, Orford CT 59753/1 Friday 11 June 2021 Friday 25 June 2021

DA 2021-152 – 41 East Shelly Rd, Orford Exhibited Documents

Change of use to visitor accommodation 536 Okehampton Road, Triabunna CT 178990/1 Friday 11 June 2021 Friday 25 June 2021

DA 2021 – 135 – 536 Okehampton Rd, Triabunna Exhibited Documents

Subdivision - x 3 lots 23 River Street, Swansea CT 47531/5 Friday 11 June 2021 Friday 25 June 2021

SA 2020 – 33 – 23 River St, Swansea Exhibited Documents