Councillor – 12 Candidates (8 to be elected)

ARNOL, Cheryl (Orford)
BROWNING, Annie (Swansea)
CHURCHILL, Rob (Swansea)
EDWARDS, Neil (Teddy) (Orford)
FORBES YOUNG, Robert (Rheban)
GADD, Pat (Triabunna)
GREGSON, Kenneth (Swansea)
LUCK, Greg (Swansea)
McQUEENEY, Carole (Orford)
PARKER, Richard (Triabunna)
SYMONS, Michael (Bicheno)
WOODS, Jenny (Orford)

Mayor – 3 Candidates 

ARNOL, Cheryl (Orford)
FORBES YOUNG, Robert (Rheban)
WOODS, Jenny (Orford)

Deputy Mayor – 3 Candidates 

CHURCHILL, Rob (Swansea)
GREGSON, Kenneth (Swansea)
SYMONS, Michael (Bicheno)

Candidates in the forthcoming Council elections who wish to display election signs in the Glamorgan Spring Bay area may do so provided they comply with any requirements of the Tasmanian Electoral Commission and provisions in the Tasmanian Planning Scheme – State Planning Provisions (SPP).  Under the provisions of the SPP, election signs do not require approval if they:

  • Do not encroach on any road or other public land;
  • have a maximum area of 1.5m2;
  • are not erected more than 8 weeks before the polling date;
  • and removed within 7 days after the polling date.

Complaints about election signage can be made in writing by email addressed to the General Manager via  Council will give candidates a reasonable period of time to remove any offending election signs, after which Council will remove them without further notice.

The election period for the forthcoming Council elections is from Monday 3 October to Tuesday 25 October 2022, inclusive.  This means that election signage may be displayed from Wednesday 17th August and must be removed by Tuesday 1st November 2022, to comply with the exemption under the SPP.

Candidates who wish to display election signs that do not conform with the exemption under the SPP, must apply for and obtain approval before displaying the non-conforming election signs.  Information can be obtained from

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.”


  • Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 mean that voting in Local Government elections is now compulsory for all electors on the State roll.
  • The Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) has advised that the date for the close of electoral rolls for the 2022 Tasmanian Local Government Elections is 6pm on Thursday 8 September 2022.

For more information, please visit the following link to the Tasmanian Electoral Commission website 2022 Local government elections Tasmania (


Council elections are held every four years and all Councillors, Mayors and Deputy Mayors are elected for four-year terms.

The next Local Government elections are due to be held during September and October 2022 and elections for Tasmania’s 29 Councils will be conducted by full postal ballot. This means that voters do not attend a polling place to vote, like they do for State and Federal elections. Instead, information required to vote is sent directly to each voter’s address, however you must be enrolled to vote to participate in a Local Government Election.

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission is responsible for the supervision of Local Government elections. The Electoral Commission appoints returning officers to run the election.


If you are currently on the Electoral Roll for State and Federal Elections for your address in the Glamorgan Spring Bay Municipal area you are automatically on the Local Government Roll.

To check your enrolment on the Electoral Roll please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website at and click on the “Check Enrolment” button. An enrolment form can also be obtained from that website or by calling the AEC on 132 326 or from any post office.

You may also be eligible to enrol on the “General Manager’s Roll” if:

  • you are a resident in the Glamorgan Spring Bay municipality, but not eligible for the State Electoral Roll (for example, because you are not an Australian Citizen), or
  • you own or occupy land in a municipal area different from where you are enrolled on the State Electoral Roll, or
  • you are the nominated representative of a corporate body which owns or occupies land in the municipal area.


To apply to be on the General Manager’s Roll, you need to complete one of the following forms:

Completed General Manager’s Enrolment Forms should be returned to Glamorgan Spring Bay Council via:


Commencing Monday 2nd  May 2022 to Sunday 30th October 2022 the following opening hours will apply to the Orford, Swansea, Coles Bay, and Bicheno Waste Transfer Stations:

Open:           Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  (2.30pm – 4.30pm)
Open:           Sunday  (10am – 2pm)

Closed:        Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

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

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:

Australian Electoral Commission

The AEC has a register of people who may be offered temporary work during elections, including federal elections, by-elections, plebiscites and referendums.

If you want to be considered for temporary election work, you can submit an online registration of interest.


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
DA2022/241 - New Dwelling and Shed 36 Gordon St, Bicheno 23 September 2022 07 October 2022

Exhibited Documents DA2022-241

DA2022/238 - Visitor Accommodation 24 Russell Street, Orford 23 September 2022 07 October 2022

Exhibited Documents DA2022-238

DA2022/237 - Dwelling RA458 Rheban Rd, Spring Beach 23 September 2022 07 October 2022

Exhibited Documents DA2022-237

SA2022/37 - 2 lot Subdivision 24 Gordon St Bicheno 16 September 2022 30 September 2022


SA2022/027 - 2 lot Subdivision 120 Maria St Swansea 16 September 2022 30 September 2022


SA2022/42 - 4 lot Subdivision Crossins Road Swansea 16 September 2022 30 September 2022


DA2022/240 Change of Use to Visitor Accommodation RA876 Dolphin Sands Road Dolphin Sands 16 September 2022 30 September 2022


DA2022/202 Extensions and alterations to existing dwelling 82 Freycinet Drive Coles Bay 16 September 2022 30 September 2022


DA2022/206 Dwelling 4 Wallace Avenue Bicheno 16 September 2022 30 September 2022


DA2022/207 Outbuilding 73 Inkerman Street Triabunna 16 September 2022 30 September 2022


DA2022/231 Change of Use to Visitor Accommodation RA222 Dolphin Sands Road Dolphin Sands 16 September 2022 30 September 2022


DA2022/134 Secondary Dwelling and Storage RA982 Dolphin Sands Road Dolphin Sands 16 September 2022 30 September 2022