Council Works:

Please note dates and times may change subject to conditions and other factors.

Project Name: Activity: Status:
Parsons Lane, Coles Bay Cleaning out of drains & general road maintenance In progress
Jetty Road, Bicheno Kerb & Channel at the beach access end Starting aprox 3 weeks.
Freycinet Drive, Coles Bay Kerb & Channel from the corner of Esplanade through to Reserve Road Starting 26 July
*Open all public holidays except Christmas Day & Good Friday –   Normal operating hours apply.

The area of Waste Management has evolved from being landfill sites to environmentally responsible waste management and recycling centres. Council continues to operate its kerbside collection and recycling service throughout the Municipal area.

Council will continue to promote and implement the Waste Management Strategy and its associated implications.

Green waste management costs are increasing to meet environmental standards. As a result council will charge minimal fees on the delivery of green waste to all transfer stations commencing 1st August 2021 to fund the required changes in practices.

Please refer to council fees and charges for the applicable rates.


All kerbside collection days and times remain unchanged

The area of Waste Management has evolved from being landfill sites to environmentally responsible waste management and recycling centres. Council continues to operate its kerbside collection and recycling service throughout the Municipal area.

Council will continue to promote and implement the Waste Management Strategy and its associated implications.

Council operates Waste Management Centres in Bicheno, Coles Bay, Swansea and Orford.

If you would like any further information regarding your kerbside collection, or any other enquiries regarding Waste Management, please call the Works Department on 03 6256 4777.

The Department of State Growth are responsible for the Tasman Highway in our municipality, you can find a full list of State Growth works here. You can also see the latest updates on RoadsTas Facebook page. 


Midway Point Intersection

Upcoming night works on the Tasman Highway Click here if you would like to see updates on this project from the Department of State Growth.

Notice of upcoming works – Sheas Bridge, Tasman Highway Orford

Department of State Growth will start work to realign and construct a new bridge at Sheas Creek, Tasman Highway Orford.
This work will commence early March 2021 and finish approx. July/August 2021. There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure the safety of workers and road users, the intention is to provide one lane of traffic at all times during the works.


Tasman Highway Road Works –

Construction works on the Tasman Highway, at Orford, at the entrance to Piermont Retreat, at Cressy Beach junction, at Swansea between Spiky Bridge and River Street, and at Raspins Beach.

When travelling along the East Coast you will be travelling through several road work sites. Road users are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journey


Please use this form to notify Council of any repairs or maintenance issues relating to roads, footpaths, trees signage, flooding or general requests.

Online Works Request 

Works Request Form

If you are considering carrying out construction or tree planting works within the road reserve on a driveway or nature strip, a permit will be required.

Form: Permit to conduct – Activity or work within a council street

If the works are covered in the scope of a current planning permit, liaison with councils staff is required for agreement with proposed outcomes.


Don’t wait for a flash flooding event to learn what to do.

The Bureau of Meteorology issues advice regarding heavy and flash flooding rainfall due to happen in the near future.

To keep up to date with this advice listen to ABC Radio on the following frequencies:

Local ABC Radio

Bicheno 89.7FM – Radio National 91.3FM
Orford 90.5FM – Radio National 88.9FM or 585AM
Swansea 106.10FM – Radio National 107.7FM or 585AM
Triabunna 90.5FM – Radio National 88.9FM

    • Check your insurance cover.
    • Are you covered for flooding?
    • Does your policy replace new for old, does it have a limit on repairs?
    • Check both building and contents cover; don’t underestimate the value of contents


If people are asked how they would defend their property to prevent the inflow of water the initial response is sandbags. However, what is not generally understood is that sandbags are not waterproof.

Also, sandbags empty or full are not easily obtained. The State Emergency Service (SES) can supply sandbags to private properties however, Council has limited supplies and these are required to manage public infrastructure.

The main points of water inflow to properties during flooding events are:

    • Back flow through toilets and sink plug holes.
    • Through the gaps around windows and door frames.
    • Through air bricks

To aid in preventing water coming in these main entry points the following techniques can be used when sandbags are not available or in preference to sandbags as they can be more effective.

Put plugs in sinks and baths. Weigh them down with a strong plastic bag filled with sand or earth.

Place a strong plastic bag full of sand or earth in the toilet bowl to prevent sewage entering your property. Close the lid and weigh down. Manhole covers within your property boundary should be weighed down with earth or sand filled bags or heavy objects. The gaps around windows and door frames can be sealed with duct tape and plastic available from most hardware stores. Duct tape and plastic well applied on a dry surface is far more effective than sandbagging. Similarly air bricks can be sealed, duct tape placed over, or a sheet of plastic and duct taped. Do not permanently seal your air bricks.

In preparation for flash flooding, assess your property and its vulnerability. To increase the flood resilience of your home think about using the methods described above, and have on hand stocks of plastic, duct tape, bags filled with sand or dirt and silicone sealant. This will assist with protecting your home in the event of flooding taking place.

Know how to turn off your water, gas and electricity. Ask your supplier how to do this.

Mark taps or switches with stickers to help you remember. If safe to do so, turn off gas, electricity and water supplies when floodwater is about to enter your home. DO NOT touch sources of electricity when standing in floodwater.

If possible, move any outside belongings to higher locations including car oils, pesticides and chemicals which can be very hazardous to the environment when mixed with floodwaters. These should be stored in plastic, airtight containers in a secure place away from the floodwaters.


  • Call your building and contents insurance company as soon as possible.
  • The insurance company will confirm what repairs and replacements are needed and covered by your policy.
  • Ask the insurance company how long it will be before the loss adjustor visits.
  • Ask the insurance company if you are to clean your property or if they will get a company to do it for you.
  • If you rent your property, contact your landlord and your contents insurance company as soon as possible.
  • Photograph and video record your damaged property. List the damage to your property and belongings.
  • Use a permanent ink pen to mark on the wall the maximum height of the floodwater – do this in every room affected by flooding.
  • Make a note of all phone calls. Record the date, name and what was agreed.
  • Keep copies of all letters and emails you send and receive. Also keep all receipts.
  • Don’t throw anything away until told to (except ruined food).

Please click here for a printable PDF.

Property Services:

TasWater:  13 6992

Aurora: 13 2004

SES: 132 500 (for damage to property during an emergency event like flood or storm)

Tasfire  – Information Line (free call): 1800 000 699

Tasmania Police 131 444

Community Groups and Support organisations

Medical Service Providers

East Coast Health Centre (Triabunna) 6256 4747

Mayshaw Health Centre (Swansea) 6257 9100