The Glamorgan Spring Bay municipality is changing, with a population increase of nearly 20% over the last 10 years. Population projections mean that we anticipate seeing an increase of at least 16% by 2046.

This means that the strategic goals of Council need to be reviewed to ensure that the changing needs of the community are met into the future.

Council has engaged ERA Planning and Environment as the project team to undertake community engagement and prepare new structure plans for each of these townships. The structure plans will consider population trends, community needs, local planning context, economic drivers, development trends, and land use demand and supply. The structure plans will support the upcoming review of the Southern Tasmania Regional Land Use Strategy that provides direction for zoning and settlement strategies for towns across the southern region.

What is a structure plan? 

A structure plan is a strategic document used by local government to guide the future planning and development in their local area. It provides a blueprint for future land use and development changes and can be used to guide the application of the planning scheme through zoning, overlays and specific provisions.

A structure plan needs to be based on robust data and assumptions to realistically set goals for the future. Whilst we cannot predict the future, we can prepare to respond to the changes that may come.

Previous Structure Plans

Glamorgan Spring Bay Council has previously undertaken structure planning for the townships of Triabunna and Orford, and Bicheno in 2014, and Coles Bay and Swansea in 2016. You can access these structure plans at the links below.

The project team has prepared a draft State of Play Report which provides an overview of the demographics and environmental characteristics of the townships and includes an early analysis of future trends. This information can be used to assist the focus areas for the structure plans.

The report provides a snapshot of the current state of the towns, including their characteristics, strengths and challenges, and will inform how we engage the community. To download a copy of the report, click on the links below.

Township Maps 

The team has also been working on maps of the municipal area. To view the maps, click on the links below.



Have your say!

The project team is looking forward to receiving feedback from the community on the State of Play report, but also on what they value and appreciate about living in Glamorgan Spring Bay. There are lots of ways you can become involved.

The project team will be undertaking community engagement from 13 November until 4 December 2023. To participate you can attend a ‘Drop-in Session’ and have an informal chat with us at one of five locations around the municipality.

Where: Triabunna Village, 20 Melbourne Street, Triabunna
When: Thursday November 23rd, 2023.
Time:  4:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Orford IGA, 3 Charles Street, Orford
When: Friday November 24th, 2023.
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am

Where: Swansea IGA Express, 8 Franklin Street, Swansea
When: Saturday November 25th, 2023
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am

Where: Bicheno IGA Express, 39 Foster Street, Bicheno
When: Saturday November 25th, 2023
Time: 1.30pm – 3pm

Where: Coles Bay Community Hall, 60 Harold Street, Coles Bay
When: Sunday November 26th, 2023
Time: 10am – 12pm.

We also have an online survey where you can provide your ideas and suggestions. The survey is anonymous and should take approximately 5-10 minutes.

Click here to take the survey now!

If you’d like to speak with one of the project team you can contact us on (03) 6165 0443, or email us at 

We look forward to hearing from you about this exciting project for the future of the townships in Glamorgan Spring Bay!