Current Council Works

Please see below a schedule of current and upcoming works.
Dates and times are supplied with the best of accuracy but may change without notice subject to conditions and other factors.

Please Note: 

Council’s unsealed road maintenance program across the municipality has experienced numerous schedule delays in recent times due to weather events. This impacts the unsealed road maintenance and grading schedule in the following ways:

  • rain during actual working hours,
  • time for roads to dry out after a rain event,
  • availability of suitable material from quarries after a rain event (material not too wet)
  • and resources having to be re-allocated to other tasks across the municipality that present an immediate safety risk to the public. This includes attendance to fallen trees, storm water issues and roads critically damaged and deemed un-passable by vehicles.

The GSBC works department continues to revise the schedule and provide a consistent level of service across the municipal area with the available resources.

Project Name Activity Status
Charles Street Orford Temporary repair of road failure (permanent repair will be in the new year) Temporary repair completed and will be monitored
Walking tracks (Triabunna/Orford Area) Repairs / maintenance Underway
Wielangta & Earlham Roads Maintenance grades Wielangta Road 70% Completed

Earlham Road Completed

Old Coach Road Re-sheeting part of and maintenance grade Completed
Greenhill Road Drainage works and minor road repairs/grade Completed
Bresnehans Road – last 1klm from McKay’s Road intersection Maintenance grade and some drainage works


Underway- Re-sheet Jan-Feb 2022
Alma Rd, Orford Roadside drainage works last 2km’s Finished
Rheban Road Griffith Rivulet, Rheban


Bridge replacement Bridge installed. Approaches and road works to be completed in Jan 2022
Mary Street, Orford Unsealed section maintenance Jan 2022

39 West Shelly Road Orford – Stormwater upgrade to foreshore – Jan/Feb 2022

Fieldwick Lane Orford – Stormwater works – February 2022

Orford and Spring Beach – Numerous open drain maintenance – January 2022

Rheban Road – Maintenance grade – January 2022

Works Requests 

Please submit a Works Request Form below to notify Council of any repairs, maintenance, or issues relating to roads, footpaths, trees, signage, flooding, or general requests.

Works Request Form

Please note commencing Monday 25th October 2021 the following opening hours will apply to the Bicheno, Coles Bay, Orford, and Swansea Waste Transfer Stations over the summer period:

WASTE TRANSFER STATION (TIP)– SUMMER HOURS (25 Oct – end of April 2022) 
*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.

MATERIALS NOT ACCEPTED  at our Waste Transfer Stations include Clean Fill and Soil and loads of Bricks, Tiles, Concrete and Cement that constitute land fill.

There are four Waste Transfer Stations in our area located in:

ORFORD – On the Tasman Highway  just north of Raspin’s Beach on the Tasman Highway at Orford (Eftpos available at this site only) 

SWANSEA  – At the end of sealed section of Maria Street Swansea

BICHENO  – Approx. 2kms south of  Bicheno township on the Tasman Highway

COLES BAY  – Approx. 5km from Coles Bay township  on Coles Bay Road

ALL CENTRES CLOSED:                                                                                                                         

Christmas Day

Good Friday


A reminder to residents that garbage/recycling bins need to be out the night before prior to your kerb-side collection to ensure that they are collected.

All kerbside collection days and times remain unchanged. Please refer to Garbage and Recycling Calendar below.

For property’s the collection truck goes directly past, Council’s kerbside collection includes a Driver Assist clause for persons meeting the definition of “Genuine Disability” under the Waste Management Policy, If you believe you meet this criteria, please contact council.

If you require a  new, re-sized or replacement wheelie bin, please fill out this form 

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.

Garbage & Recycling Information 

2022 Garbage and Recycling Calendar

Application For Conversion COLLECTION WAIVER

Application For Conversion Bin to Voucher

The Department of State Growth – Road Works

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.


The weed and vegetation control spraying program in both township and rural areas is ongoing, weather permitting. The program involves treatment in residential areas, rural roadsides and public reserves.

Council has a current list of ratepayers who have requested that areas adjacent to their properties not be sprayed. Should any property owner wish to maintain their own frontage and be included on the ‘no spray’ list please contact Council’s Works Department by telephoning 03 62564777, or emailing


A Council Road reserve is the land from outside of the property boundary and generally consists of a nature strip (or roadside), drainage networks including kerb and channel, verge, road shoulder and roadway or carriageway.

 Please note: This form is not permission to start work, you must await Council’s response.

Form: Work Within Road Reserve Permit



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.