Roads Tas Alert – Tasman Highway Paradise Gorge, Orford Thursday 8th October 2022

A 300-metre section of the south bound lane (Sorell-bound) of the Tasman Highway at Paradise Gorge, Orford will be closed while some of the monitoring sensors on the rockface are removed.

One lane will still operate during Thursday, 8th December 2022 from 8.00am to approx. 4.00pm  and Friday 9th December 2022 between 8.00 am to 12.00pm. 

Please keep to speed limits, follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs, and allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time.

Refer to the Roads Tas Facebook page for further information.

Please Note:  Swansea and Coles Bay Waste Transfer Stations will be closed on Friday 16th December 2022.  Normal opening hours will resume on Sunday 18th December 2022.  Council apologies for any inconvenience this may cause on the Friday.


Notice is hereby given that the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council will be held at the Triabunna Council Offices, on Tuesday 13 December 2022, commencing at 5.30pm.

Copies of the Annual Report are available on the Council website and from the Council Offices at 9 Melbourne Street, Triabunna.

Matters relating to the Annual Report will be open for discussion at the Annual General Meeting. Electors of the municipal area are invited to make written submissions for discussion at the Annual General Meeting and submissions will be received by the undersigned up until the close of business on Monday 5 December 2022. All submissions should be e-mailed to the General Manager, or mailed to PO Box 6, Triabunna, 7190.

Electors wishing to attend the Annual General Meeting must register their attendance using the following link on Council’s website or by contacting Council’s Executive Officer on 6256 4777.

Registrations will open on the Thursday prior to the scheduled 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.

Alternatively, the meeting will be live streamed, and can be viewed via the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council YouTube channel.

 Greg Ingham


House prices have more than doubled in five years. Rental stress has quadrupled. And more than half of homes can be left sitting empty on a winter’s night.

Welcome to Tasmania’s east coast, where popular holiday towns have recorded price growth that outstrips the likes of Byron and Noosa.

The Glamorgan-Spring Bay local government area, best known for Freycinet National Park and the stunning Wineglass Bay, recorded the most price growth of any regional council area in the country over the past year.

The median house price skyrocketed 65.6 per cent to $828,000 over the year to June, Domain data shows, increasing by $328,000. That compares to a 21 per cent price hike in Hobart.

Prices in the region – covering towns like Bicheno, Swansea, Triabunna, Orford and Coles Bay – jumped 140.5 per cent in the past five years. That was also the largest increase for a regional area, topping the growth of the Byron shire (113.6 per cent) and Noosa (105 per cent).

It was one of six regional areas in Tasmania where prices more than doubled in five years.

Demand for homes in the Glamorgan-Spring Bay council area increased during the pandemic, as more tree and sea changers from Tasmania and interstate moved there, and demand for holiday homes increased.

“There are very few homes on the market,” said mayor Robert Young. “Those that are listing for sale sell very quickly and there are no houses or apartments to rent without real agony.”

“[Houses] have seen such a price gain, that a lot of people don’t rent them out, they sell them, or rent them on the short-term letting market.”

The region has long had holiday properties, but this has ticked higher. More than half of homes, 53 per cent, were unoccupied on Census night last August, up from 46.5 per cent in 2001. The population increased by 976 people to 5012 in that time – and by more than 600 people since 2016 – and the number of private dwellings counted increased by more than 1400 to 4,722 homes.

Census data shows the median rental price was $250 per week last August, up from $160 in 2011.

The proportion of tenants putting more than 30 per cent of income towards rent more than quadrupled in that time, hitting 31.7 per cent.

Council’s general manager Greg Ingham is well aware of the housing shortage. He has been renting a one-bedroom cabin in a caravan park with his wife since moving to the area almost two years ago.

“I like to live in the community where I’m working … and it was the only thing available,” he said.

He was fortunate to get anywhere, he said, with other staff commuting long distances due to a lack of affordable homes. This was making it hard for council and businesses to attract staff.

“The Airbnb market is not helping, that had a negative impact in terms of availability to the ordinary couple or family looking for a place,” he said. “It’s a concern shared with all the local government areas.”

But there’s no simple solution. Young said any limits or higher taxes on short-term rentals would need to be carefully considered, given some 50 per cent of the municipality’s income was from tourism.

Both would like to see more residential development in the area, particularly affordable housing, but new land had been in short supply with rezoning limited by state planning schemes.

Airbnb Australia and New Zealand country manager Susan Wheeldon said housing affordability was a really difficult issue not just for people and communities, but also governments looking to tackle the policy challenge.

“It’s a complex issue with a range of contributing factors such as population movements, the supply of new homes, the ratio of public housing, interest rates and broader economic conditions.

“While short term rentals generally comprise a tiny proportion of the overall property market, we’re keen to keep finding ways that we can make a positive contribution to this important issue. Short-term rentals also play an incredibly important role in growing Tasmania’s economy and creating jobs for locals – and we want to keep working together with locals on this front.”

KPMG demographer and urban economist Terry Rawnsley said Tasmania’s housing market had grown as the state made a name for itself with its food and wine scene, MONA and Dark Mofo.

With limited housing supply, it did not take much population growth to soak up the available homes and put pressure on prices.

In a perfect world, land would have been rezoned five years ago when the surge began, he said.

“You would have fed the market. But [now] you’re playing catch up.”

Council recently sold land to community housing provider Centacare Evolve Housing, which will build 18 apartments. Another six units will be delivered in Swansea, adding to the dozen properties the provider has in the area.

Centacare Evolve Housing chief executive Ben Wilson said more social and affordable housing needed to be built across the state. Almost 4500 people were on the social housing waiting list, nearly 50 per cent of whom were priority applicants, and shelters were having to turn away hundreds of people seeking emergency accommodation.

“Significant pressures in the private market have driven rents up, while people may still be housed, they may be in significant financial stress, where 40 or 50 per cent of their income is going towards rent,” he said.

He welcomed the Tasmanian government’s commitment to build 10,000 affordable homes by 2032, and partnerships with local councils to boost supply.

Knight Frank Tasmania sales consultant Leanne Dann said the property market had been “absolutely insane” over the past year, with homes getting multiple offers before being advertised during the peak.

Price growth in areas like Swansea, Coles Bay and Dolphin Sands had been largely driven by Tasmanians buying holiday and secondary homes. Towns like Bicheno had seen more interest from mainland tree changers, including young families. About two-thirds of properties are sold to holiday home buyers or investors.

Sales agent Paul Whytcross, of Roberts Real Estate Bicheno, said the true impact of rising rates would not be seen until spring, when more homes are typically listed for sale.

“[Buyer demand] has eased off, we’re in depths of a Tassie winter, but limited stock is coming onto the market, and with that… the enquiry rate is still relatively strong. But the phone isn’t ringing off the hook [anymore],” he said.

While first-home buyers had always been rare in the region, he felt for young people priced out.

“There’s definitely concern going forward for how young ones will get into the market here, even as far as permanent rentals go, there’s a lot of work in the area …but the accommodation is limited.”

Waste Transfer Stations – Summer 2022-2023 Operating Hours

Commencing Monday 31st October 2022 to Sunday 30th April 2023 the following opening hours apply to Orford, Swansea, Coles Bay, and Bicheno:

Open:                 Monday to Friday (5 Days)          2.30pm – 4.30pm
Open:                 Sunday          10.00am – 2.00pm

Closed:              Saturday

*Open all public holidays except Christmas Day & Good Friday – Normal operating hours apply.

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.


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.

This means we all have a stake in local government and its future. Community input in the review is vital. You can get involved in the following ways:

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


With Tasmanian borders opening and businesses beginning to welcome visitors back to the state, East Coast Tasmania Tourism have launched the first version of their East Coast Tasmania Tourism App.

The app is an essential FREE visitor guide for your holiday on Tasmania’s breathtaking East Coast. With all the information in the palm of your hand, get set to discover one of Australia’s greatest road trips – a journey that will lead you to places and moments that you’ll never forget.

Taking the first step towards a digital resource for East Coast Tasmania, the app will provide engagement, excitement, education and entertainment, with the vision in the future for personalisation using technologies like augmented reality (AR) to provide an enriching experience for visitors.

The first release is just our beginning to capitalising on all that emerging technologies could offer. The App approach provides better user experience when travelling than an ordinary website, with the ability to use it offline, allow for greater flexibility to use your device features and also by receiving customised push notifications.

“We know that people love the unexpected experiences they have while travelling. This app will allow our East Coast Tasmania visitors to look up where they are on our interactive map and be inspired to try something out of the ordinary while travelling”. Jen Fry, Chair East Coast Tasmania Tourism.

The East Coast Tasmania app will allow users to:

  • Plan their trip or search while on the road for things to do, where to stay, where to eat and more. You can even save your favourites businesses or places.
  • Use the app and access information offline as no connection to the internet required for most functions (once downloaded)
  • Explore an interactive zoomable map with integrated directions
  • Stay up to date with important information like weather, emergency information, and road closures

“As the local Liberal Member for Lyons I was delighted to play my part in securing this Tasmanian Government election commitment for the Regional Tourism App and we hope it helps kick-start the East Coast when borders open and interstate visitors return to the beautiful East Coast.’’ Hon Guy Barnett MP

Tasmania’s East Coast is one of the state’s jewels with visitors drawn to its relaxed pace, stunning natural beauty, fantastic food and fresh produce; and world-famous beaches and mountain biking.
Tourism is vital to the East Coast’s local economy, supporting regional jobs and businesses in towns along the coast.

For more information, photos and interview:
Rhonda Taylor, CEO, East Coast Tasmania Tourism M: 0422 222 446 E:




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 below and at Council office 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
DA2022/276 - Tennis courts change of lighting hours 51 Charles Street, Triabunna 08 December 2022 22 December 2022

Exhibited Documents DA2022-276

DA2022/116 - Staged dwelling and outbuilding 6 Russell Street, Orford 08 December 2022 22 December 2022

Exhibited Documents DA2022-116

DA2022/303 - Change of use to visitor accommodation 25 Hazards View Drive, Coles Bay 08 December 2022 22 December 2022

Exhibited Documents DA2022-303

DA2022/302 - Dwelling 648 Dolphin Sands Road, Dolphin Sands 08 December 2022 22 December 2022

Exhibited Documents DA2022-302

DA2022/298 - Change of use of existing dwelling to visitor accommodation RA11264 Tasman Highway, Swansea 08 December 2022 22 December 2022

Exhibited Documents DA2022-298

SA2022/043 - 5 Lot Subdivision Swanwick Road, Coles Bay 02 December 2022 16 December 2022

Exhibited Documents – SA2022-043

DA2021/107 - Visitor Accommodation Units 10C Franklin Street, Swansea 02 December 2022 16 December 2022

Exhibited Documents – DA2021-107

SA2022/048 - 3 Lot subdivision 20 Nairn Street, Buckland 25 November 2022 09 December 2022

Exhibited Documents SA2022-048

DA2022/291 - Change of use to visitor accommodation RA1533 Dolphin Sands Road, Dolphin Sands 25 November 2022 09 December 2022

Exhibited Documents DA2022-291

DA2022/293 - Alterations and additions to existing dwelling 3 Beattie Avenue, Bicheno 25 November 2022 09 December 2022

Exhibited Documents DA2022-293