MEDIA RELEASE – 25 September 2023

cohealth joins community in Bicheno and Triabunna

Nationally renowned community health service, cohealth, will join the Tasmanian East Coast in October as the new operator of the East Coast Health Centre comprising Bicheno General Practice and Triabunna Medical Centre.

Glamorgan Spring Bay Council will officially transfer management of the two medical practices on 16 October to not-for-profit, cohealth, for a period of three years, with an option to extend a further two years.

Chief Executive, Nicole Bartholomeusz, says cohealth wants to help create healthier communities in Bicheno and Triabunna.

“We’re looking forward to combining our 50 years’ experience in delivering primary health care with the knowledge and expertise of local health practitioners,” says Ms Bartholomeusz.

“Our philosophy is ‘care for all’ and we believe everyone has the right to timely and accessible health services, regardless of where they live or their income.”

“Patients will still be able to see their regular GP, nurse or allied health professional, and over time we hope to introduce a greater range of services and better ways of working through team-based care.”

cohealth is an experienced, not-for-profit community health organisation with over 30 health centres in Victoria, and now two in Tasmania.

Learn more:

Do you live in the Glamorgan Spring Bay area? cohealth wants to hear your views on healthcare in the region. 

Complete our survey to help us understand what health services you currently access and how you think they could be improved.

The survey is anonymous and will take 10-15 minutes to complete. The survey is open until 27 October 2023.

This survey is part of a Primary Care Rural Innovative Multidisciplinary Models (PRIMM) project, which is being managed by cohealth.

cohealth is working with consumers and organisations on the East Coast of Tasmania to co-design a local, multidisciplinary, and team-based primary health care model for the community.

Complete the survey online: or phone Lis de Vries on 0423 798 800

Media enquiries: or 0418 552 377
About cohealth: cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation that provides low-cost and free local health and support services including medical, dental, allied health, mental health, aged care and counselling, and many specialist health services across metropolitan Melbourne and the East Coast of Tasmania.


Due to the resignation of Councillor Greg Luck on Monday 11 September 2023, a recount was completed today to fill a vacancy on the Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council. Three eligible candidates nominated to contest the recount.
Richard Parker has been elected as councillor to serve until the 2026 ordinary elections. An abstract of the recount can be viewed on our website at
Does your local team of youngsters need new uniforms or equipment to kick off the season?
The Australian Sports Foundation 2023 Active Kids Grants are now open!
This grant is available for volunteer-run community clubs and organisations with members aged 20 or younger. These will be awarded in the form of sports equipment and on-field or training uniforms.
Grant applications close Friday 29 September 2023 5pm (AEST).
There is no maximum grant value but there is a limited pool of funds available and the objective is to help as many clubs in need as possible.
Applicants are encouraged to only apply for what you need.
As a guide, the average grant value awarded in the past two Active Kids grant rounds was around $4000.
If you are applying for a uniform grant, applications must be for at least $5000 GST inclusive.
You can find more information here –

Rheban Road, Spring Beach (near Bennett Bridge) – Landslip Rehabilitation Project – 25th September 2023

The proposed works for the Rheban Road, Spring Beach landslip rehabilitation project will commence on Monday 25th September 2023.  This project will take approx. 4-6 weeks.  There will be a controlled detour in place during the day with a traffic light system in place.

Traffic will then revert back to a one-way traffic system during the night and of weekends(if work is not been undertaken) on this section of Rheban Road, but still under traffic light management. Traffic management signs will be in place at all times, and council ask that all road users adhere to the signage/traffic lights at all times.

Delays of up to 5 minutes may be experienced.

Council thank you for your patience and understanding during this project.

Business and Employment Southeast Tasmania Inc (BEST) is a FREE, flexible and person-centred program supporting the community and businesses in our four local council areas – Sorell, Tasman, Clarence City and Glamorgan Spring Bay (Swansea South).

What can BEST help with:

-Job opportunities.

-Training opportunities.

-Job matching.

-Interview coaching.

-Providing support on interview panels with employers.

-Recruitment of your next employee.

-Small business advice.

-Access to a private meeting room for employers to conduct interviews.


Contact BEST today to see how they can best support YOU.

Visit their website for additional information.

Local people for local jobs – Business & Employment Southeast Tasmania (

MAST have advised that they were planning some repairs to the training walls before the end of August 2023 but a manufacturing issue with the additional bags has stopped that.

Maintenance will now be done in April 2024.  MAST will still be excavating sand from the channel adjacent to Millington’s Beach and will be onsite as soon as the Parks & Wildlife Services Authority comes through next week.

The Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) Great Customer Experience Program is built with hospitality and tourism operators in mind.

It provides operators with opportunities and guidance that result in elevated customer experiences Tasmania-wide.

The point of difference; the GCE program is delivered in venue, at a time convenient to the venue, and due to government funding is at no cost to the venue. It can be tailored to each business, and is delivered by people passionate about supporting hospitality and tourism businesses.

Business Health Check
A conversation with you about your business with one of our team to help identify your
business’ strengths and weaknesses.

Venue Awareness
Our Venue Awareness Session involves your businesses most important asset, your staff. The aim is to ensure your staff are passionate about creating your Tasmanian brand experience and care about the success of your business. 

Skills Session
Our skills sessions address the critical skills gaps that may exist in your business like Barista Basics, Front of House, Bar Basics.

Fully funded by the Tasmanian Government. For more information please visit the THA website. Home — Tasmanian Hospitality Association (

Nature Strips

The Glamorgan Spring Bay Council will stop regular mowing of nature strips adjacent to private properties, commercial properties or properties owned by government authorities, except in key strategic locations and areas or where the service is provided under any assistance program from the end of July 2023.  The considerable savings from this program will be directed back into road and footpath renewal programs within the community.  These areas were highlighted in the recent survey undertaken by ratepayers as a priority.

Many residents were already mowing nature strips in between council mowing programs. All residents may now undertake the maintenance of their nature strips, other than trees. There is a level of risk with mowing nature strips as a property owner’s home insurance may not cover the public liability risks in the event of an incident and council’s insurance may also not cover the incident. Thrown stones are the most likely incident to occur. Residents may like to consult their insurer about their cover.

Council will continue to mow nature strips when they become a hazard and for fire abatement if left untended.

Where a resident is unable to maintain their nature strip due to age, disability, or illness, or need help maintaining their nature strip, they may be eligible for assistance.

People who need assistance may be covered through My Aged Care, NDIS, and other aged care providers under help at home services.

Collection of nature strip clippings is not recommended as council practice has been to leave the clippings in place. This accords with current recommended horticultural practice for a healthy lawn.

Council Maintained Mowing Areas:

If you would like to see what areas Council will and will not be maintaining, please click on the townships below.

  • The blue markups are areas that Council will no longer provide a service.
  • The orange markups are areas that Council will continue to provide a service, the type of service (mowing or slashing) and how regularly they will be maintained.
  • The green markups are areas that Council will maintain a service at a lower level than the orange area.For example the first part of Harvey Farm Rd and Lehner Crescent we currently mow and the rest of Harvey Farm gets slashed once or twice a year. This section in green will not transition from mowing to slashing. Most of the green markups are just walking tracks that would have 6 monthly or 12 monthly whipper snip. The council reserve in Hazards View Drive is another example of a large area shaded green, but there is only a walking track to maintain in the reserveWith the Orange and green markups, although some areas may look large we don’t maintain all the area. It has all been marked up because it is either council land, or council licence/lease. Foreshores are a good example of this.We are continuing to mow the main approaches to all towns (mostly Tasman Hwy) as we do already and the CBD areas. Some areas on the Tasman Hwy have been reduced when compared to current/past areas.



Barton Ave 

Bernachi Drve 

Louisville Rd




Coles Bay



The Great Eastern Drive is the 220 km long section of the Tasman Highway from Orford to St Helens on Tasmania’s
East Coast. This stretch of road leads to some of the state’s most iconic and popular tourist destinations.
The Tasmanian and Australian Governments are investing $125 million as part of a Roads Package to Support Tasmania’s Visitor Economy and continuing a plan of works for the Tasman Highway to improve road safety, travel time reliability and to enhance the visitor experience.

The upgrades are expected to improve safety and traffic flow by improving sections of road, increasing the number of overtaking lanes and stopping bays, road widening, upgrading junctions and providing pull over areas along the route.

State Growth have already completed a series of upgrades, some are under construction and more are being designed and planned for.

The Great Eastern Drive Stage 1: Lisdillon Package is part of the overall strategy for this section of the Tasman Highway and has been selected based on a road safety risk analysis.

State Growth will be doing some field investigations to help us develop a design for the two sections of the highway included in this package of works:
• A section of approximately 1.3 km located just north of Triabunna.
• An approximately 13 km section of the highway between Ponty Pool Junction and Rocky Hills south of Swansea.
These works will include service location, geotechnical and survey investigations. We will be working between 7:00am and 6:00 pm and expect to complete the investigations between May and October, 2023, weather permitting. We will let you know in advance if we need to do any work outside these times.

How will the work affect you?
The work will involve the use of machinery which generates some noise and dust. We will make every effort to minimise noise by turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use. We will continue to keep you informed as the project progresses.

Traffic changes
There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure workers and road users are safe. Lane closures and a reduced speed limit will be in place during work hours, which may affect travel times. Please keep to speed limits, follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs, and allow up to 5 minutes extra travel time during this work.

During the last 12 months MAST has collected approximately 10,000 flares from your Council waste sites which equates to around 45 boxes.

MAST have continued to notice that EPIRBS and larger commercial flares are still being collected. Please be reminded that this is catering for handheld flares and parachute rockets only. The larger commercial equipment shouldn’t be left at Waste Management sites.

MAST has an instructional document on disposal that can be viewed here MAST also a YouTube clip on the MAST website, which shows people how to safely dismantle and dispose of their EPIRBS.

Later this year MAST is introducing the ability for boaters in sheltered waters to do away with their flares and opt to carry an Electronic Visual Distress Signal (EVDS) if they wish to. Boaters will need to carry 2 additional pieces of safety equipment in an EPIRB & VHF radio which is not currently mandatory in sheltered waters. It is important to note that this is an option only and boaters can still purchase the pyrotechnic flares if they wish. MAST is hopeful the legislation will be in place by July this year.

Every Tasmanian relies on local government services every day — whether it’s for waste and recycling, parks and playgrounds, footpaths and roads, or other community services. Councils act as a voice for their local communities, advocating for the delivery of services and support, including from other levels of government. Councils also make important decisions about land use, health and the environment which can shape the character, amenity, and economic activity of their municipality.

The Tasmanian Government, through the Local Government Board, is undertaking a Review of the role, function and design of local government in Tasmania. To learn more about the review visit The Future of Local Government Review project page

Latest Updates:

To read the Stage 2 Interim Report (March 2023) and have your say click here.

Submissions are open until Wednesday 2nd August 2023.

Commencing Monday 1st May 2023 to Sunday 29th October 2023 the following opening hours apply to Orford, Swansea, Coles Bay, and Bicheno:

Open:           Monday, Wednesday, and Friday   2.30pm – 4.30pm
Open:           Sunday   10.00am – 2.00pm

Closed:        Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

Closed – Christmas Day & Good Friday

*Normal operating hours apply on all public holidays.

Please Note:  The Orford Waste Transfer Station may close with limited notice due to adverse weather conditions (such as excessive wind gusts), for the safety of customers.

Eftpos is available at all Waste Transfer Stations.

Priority Strategic Projects 

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 2022