Waste Transfer Stations – Easter Period Operating Hours

The following opening hours apply to Orford, Swansea, Coles Bay, and Bicheno over the Easter Period 2023:

Closed               Good Friday 7th April 2023

Closed:              Saturday 8th April 2023

Open:                 Easter Sunday 9th April         10.00am – 2.00pm

Open:                 Easter Monday 10th April      2.30pm – 4.30pm

 *Normal operating hours apply from Tuesday 11th April 2023

Eftpos facilities are now available at all Waste Transfer Stations.


Workshop details

 Date:                   25th and 26th March 2023  

Time:                   0800 to 1600 (one-day workshop repeated on second day, giving flexibility to participant to choose the preferred day)

Venue:                Triabunna Community Hall – 3 Vicary Street, Triabunna TAS 7190

Cost:                    Free

Catering:             Refreshments & Lunch will be provided

Registration:      Please register for a place via this link or on via the QR code in the flyer.


Council would like to invite you to the below Community Connect sessions to engage on the 2023/24 Budget. These sessions will be held with Councillors and Senior Management at the following locations:


Time: 10:00am – 11:30am Location: Coles Bay Town Hall
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm Location: Bicheno Town Hall


Time: 10:00am – 11:30am Location: Swansea Town Hall 
2:00pm – 3:30pm Location: Triabunna Town Hall

We’re committed to spending your rates wisely and providing community services, infrastructure and programs that suit your needs. To do this, we need to know what is important to you.

We’ve started working on the 2023/24 draft Budget and review of Councils 10 year financial plan and have launched a survey where you can provide feedback for the next financial year. We will present the results of the survey, and your feedback at the sessions. Your feedback will inform and help Council finalise the 2023/24 Budget for public consultation in May 2023 and later Council endorsement.

By getting your feedback, we can deliver a draft Budget in May 2023 that already largely meets your expectations and aspirations. Your input on the priority areas of Councils strategic plans objectives is very important and we hope to see you at the community connect sessions.

Please note that COVID-19 restrictions current at the time will apply.



AM2022-02 – Dolphin Sands Subdivision Provisions

Glamorgan Spring Bay Local Provisions Schedule

Council initiated an amendment AM2022-02 to the Glamorgan Spring Bay Local Provisions Schedule in December 2022.  AM2022-02 seeks to change clause GSB-P1.7.1 Subdivision as follows:

a. Delete the existing provisions; and

b. Insert new provisions that

i. remove opportunity for subdivision of new lots unless for public purposes or infrastructure, retain the 1-hectare minimum lot size and 60-metre minimum frontage,

ii. remove all performance criteria and reformat the provisions to meet the drafting requirements for the local Provisions Schedules under the Tasmanian Planning Scheme.

The amendment was on public exhibition from 23 December 2022 to 30 January 2023.  This period was extended to reflect the Christmas / New Year closure of the Council offices.  Four representations were received during that period, both for and against the amendment.

The documents associated with AM2022-02 are available via the link below and at Council’s offices at 9 Melbourne Street Triabunna.

The Council is currently seeking input from property owners, input and representations can be submitted by email or letter addressed to the General Manager and sent to or posted to General Manager, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, PO Box 6, Triabunna, 7190. Input and representation must be received by close of business, Tuesday 14 March 2023. A report will be presented to the 28 March meeting of Council that considers the representations and any view of property owners.

Please include your name and a return postal address if mailing your representation.


Private Landowner – Clean-up/Restoration Grants Available
This program is funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. The aim of the funding is to assist with the financial costs of clean-up and restoration of properties for landowners that have suffered an economic loss as a direct result of the flooding and severe weather event in October 2022.
Applications open on Monday, 30 January 2023 and close at 2:00 pm on Friday, 3 March 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.
For more information about the grant, please visit the below website.
Campfire Restrictions – Maria Island National Park, Mayfield Bay Campground and all other coastal and inland reserves managed by the Parks & Wildlife Service.
Restrictions are for campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves. Gas stoves and gas BBQs are permitted.
Fire restrictions are in place due to the declaration of the Tasmanian Fire Service Fire Permit Period in add area/s and the dry fuel conditions in add area/s which has increased the risk of unattended or poorly constructed campfires escaping and becoming bushfires. The Parks and Wildlife Service has a duty of care for the safety of visitors and nearby residents to manage the fire risk in these areas and is putting the restrictions in place to exercise its duty of care and reduce the fire risk.
The Parks and Wildlife Service would like to thank those visitors that are doing the right thing and remind all visitors that there are penalties for lighting fires during a fire restriction period.
The behaviour of those lighting fires during fire restriction periods is completely unacceptable and puts the safety and livelihoods of others at risk. People should remember that a number of notable bushfires have occurred as a result of escaped campfires.
The Parks and Wildlife Service is asking for the assistance of the public to ensure visitor and community safety by complying with fire restrictions; reporting any fires by dialling 000 and complying with directions from Parks and Wildlife Service staff to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable camping experience.
Community fire safety is not just a responsibility for firefighting agencies but is everyone’s responsibility.

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

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 now available all Waste Transfer Stations.

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.

Future of Local Government Review Stage 2 Community Update – Click here to view. 

Future of Local Government Review – Stage 2 Options Paper 

Future of Local Government Review – Stage 2 Options Paper Appendix

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


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
DA2023/061 - Dwelling 11 Sunrise Drive, Bicheno 23 March 2023 06 April 2023

Exhibited Documents DA2023-061

DA2023/062 - Carport attached to house 3 Reserve Road, Coles Bay 23 March 2023 06 April 2023

Exhibited Documents DA2023-062

SA2022/050 - 17 Lot subdivision with new road 13 Esplanade East, Triabunna 23 March 2023 06 April 2023

Exhibited Documents SA2022-050

DA2023/059 - Change of use to visitor accommodation 1 Vernon Court, Orford 23 March 2023 06 April 2023

Exhibited Documents DA2023-059

DA2023/054 - Dwelling 1 Sheoak Court, Coles Bay 16 March 2023 30 March 2023

Exhibited Documents DA2023-054

DA2023/036 - Single Dwelling 3 Charles Street, Triabunna 16 March 2023 30 March 2023

Exhibited Documents DA2023-036

DA2023/046 - Dwelling 8 Dove Lane, Swansea 16 March 2023 30 March 2023

Exhibited Documents DA2023-046

DA2023/051 - Marine farming shore facility comprising boatshed, slipway and staff facilities RA488 and RA496 Freestone Point Road, Triabunna 09 March 2023 24 March 2023

Exhibited Documents DA2023-051

DA2023/044 - Change of use to function centre, market and museum RA1 Sally Peak Road, Buckland 09 March 2023 Extended to 31 March 2023

Exhibited Documents DA2023-044

DA2023/049 - Change of use to visitor accommodation 2/22 Weily Avenue, Bicheno 09 March 2023 24 March 2023

Exhibited Documents DA2023-049

DA2023/048 - Extension to existing dwelling 21 Muirs Place, Coles Bay 09 March 2023 24 March 2023

Exhibited Documents DA2023-048