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The City of Clarence is located on Hobart’s eastern shore and is the second largest local government area in Tasmania by population.

The region is surrounded by 191 kilometres of coastline and more than one third of the area is natural bushland. Clarence is dominated by the Meehan Range, a skyline reserve which runs right along the eastern shore of the Derwent River. There are approximately 340 kilometers of tracks and trails to be explored in the city.

The city has several different retail and commercial centres, from thriving commercial centres at Rosny Park and Howrah, to major industrial and commercial centres at Mornington and Cambridge. There is also a strong agricultural sector in the Coal River Valley which features the iconic Richmond heritage village.

The region is the home to key enabling infrastructure such as Bellerive Oval and the Hobart International Airport and these are supplemented by a variety of events and attractions across the local government area.


Water and Sewerage

The supply of water and sewerage services is now managed by TasWater.

For all enquiries, please contact TasWater on 13 6992.


Building and Plumbing

To assist the building trade and the home builder, the Clarence City Council offices are open between 8.30am and 5.15pm for:

Building approvals and inspections.
Plumbing approvals and inspections.
Building and drainage plans.
Stormwater infiltration and soakage inspections.
Advice on regulations.

Climate Change

Climate Change Impacts on Clarence Coastal Areas report
Clarence City Council became the first local government in Tasmania to assess the future impacts of coastal processes on local low lying areas by commissioning the Integrated Assessment (IA) Climate Change Impacts report. The project was funded by the Australian Government, Department of Climate Change and the State Emergency Services and was delivered in partnership with the State Government and SGS consulting. See the report and associated publications for more details.

Climate Change Officer
Clarence City Council has employed a fulltime staff member since 2008 to undertake a range of climate change related duties, including greenhouse gas inventories, energy audits and policy development to help facilitate emission reduction activities in the community and within the Council. To contact the Climate Change Officer call (03) 6217 9719 or email at: fpribac@ccc.tas.gov.au

Cities for Climate Protection (CCP program)
Clarence City Council was a participant of the CCP program, alongside 6 other local governments in Tasmania (representing over 60% of the State's population), until the closure of the CCP program in June 2009.

Council had progressed halfway through the nationwide program before its cessation, which included completing greenhouse gas inventories for Council and the community (Milestone 1), setting a Council emission reduction target (Milestone 2) and developing a draft action plan (Milestone 3).

Emission reduction targets & action planning
Clarence City Council has set a Corporate target to reduce operational emissions down to 20% below 2003 levels. Clarence City Council is currently assessing what action on climate change the community would like to see from their local government. Updates on how this is progressing will be available shortly.

Clarence City Council has been servicing the recycling needs of the community through kerbside collection for over 20 years. Materials collected in Council's fortnightly collections are recycled through a modern recycling facility.

Monthly greenwaste collections are mulched and reused as high quality soil products. E-waste and white goods are collected and recycled as part of annual hard waste collection services, preventing the release of greenhouse gases (such as hydroflurocarbons from refrigerants) as well as reducing the need to consume new resources.

Recently additional recycling bins in key public places have been implemented to reduce the amount of recyclable material ending up as landfill.

Council has also been part of a partnership between the State Government, the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), waste strategy authorities and local governments to collect hazardous waste at chemical drop-off sites.

Also see Waste Management.

Clarence has focused on promoting sustainable forms of transport, including walking, biking and public transport.

In 2009 Clarence City Council sponsored a local community breakfast as part of the national Bike To Work Day event. Riders on the day rode over 400km, preventing at least 100kg or 200 balloons worth of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere.

Also see Cycling and Tracks and Trails.

As part of Council's water conservation programme, a water friendly garden was established at the Rosny Farm. A booklet called Plants for the water friendly garden has also been developed to support the theme of the water friendly garden.

Clarence City Council also organises community groups, schools and work for the dole programs to revegetate public spaces with native plants, minimising the need for water pumping and better utilising water resources.

Dog Management

Dog Registrations
All dogs over 6 months of age must be registered. To register your dog, complete and return to Council the below registration form. The form can also be sourced from the Council Offices or posted to you.

All dog registrations are required to be renewed in July each year. For existing registered dogs, a renewal form will be sent to you in June. If you do not receive a form, contact Council. Check the details on the form and if changes are required you will need to advise Council either via post, phone or email. You can make a renewal payment online. Once payment has been received, your dog is re-registered.

You can be fined if you do not register your dog.

Economic development services

Environmental health

Council is responsible for a range of activities in relation to public health and the environment. Examples include: the approval and registration of food premises, places of assembly, and septic tank systems, the investigation of statutory nuisances, the monitoring of water quality and providing immunisations.

Air Quality
Food businesses
Public Health
Recreational Water/Beach Sampling
Septic Tanks and On Site Waste Water Management

Environment and conservation

More than one third of the area of Clarence is natural bushland. This helps to make Clarence a special place to live. Along with 191 kilometres of coastline and the Meehan Range, a skyline reserve which runs right along the eastern shore of the Derwent River, the city of Clarence has a unique appearance. Almost everyone in Clarence lives in sight of a skyline or a foreshore reserve; from a sweeping vista to a glimpse from the front gate.Clarence City Council and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment work in partnership to manage reserve land, wildlife, research and cultural heritage within the City. Landcare and Coastcare groups have been established in many parts of the City and these meet regularly for on-site activities.

Infrastructure services

Damage reporting
Routine maintenance
Council conducts a routine maintenance program on roads and footpaths, in parks and gardens, on tracks and cycleways and the like. However, if you see something that needs attention, please contact us.

Vandalism should be the concern of all residents and ratepayers as the cost of making good the damage is borne by the community.

You can assist by reporting to Police any act of vandalism you see occurring and by reporting any damage to Council property by contacting Clarence City Council.

Roads and transport
Council has the responsibility to provide and maintain local roads, bridges, cycle ways, footpaths, public parking areas, street-lighting and traffic management systems within the City.

The installation of any traffic control devices such as speed humps, line marking and traffic signs also requires the approval of the State Government.

There are also a number of State Government roads within the City that are managed by the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources (DIER). They are:

South Arm Highway
Tasman Highway
Grasstree Hill Road
East Derwent Highway
Richmond Road
Cambridge Road (Tasman Road interchange to Richmond Road)
Colebrook Road
Tea Tree Road
Fingerpost Road
For information concerning State roads contact 1300 135 513 or visit the DIER website: http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/

Safer Rural Roads Strategy - Tasmanian Government - Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Resources

Town Planning

Planning and subdivision approvals
If you intend to subdivide land, develop or use land/buildings or work from home, it is likely that you will need Council planning approval.

Currently Advertised Proposals
Planning applications currently advertised
Planning Scheme amendments

Preliminary Planning Assistance
Council Provides a free Heritage Advisory Service to people considering work on a historic building or within a historic precinct. Heritage Advisory Service Infosheet(3637 kb)
Council encourages pre-lodgement review of plans, in order to assist prospective applicants to finalise their plans. A Free assessment of plans, including checking for compliance with State Planning Directive (PD4.1) can be requested using the following form: Request for Preliminary Planning Assessment(83 kb).

Waste management

Council provides kerbside wheelie bin collections of refuse weekly, recycling fortnightly, and green waste four weekly, plus an annual clean-up collection for large items.

Collection Days and Areas
Garbage, recyling, green waste & e-waste
Wheelie Bin Placement
Annual Clean-Up
Mornington Waste Transfer Station
Receive waste collection reminders with the My Local app
Damaged Wheelie Bins will be repaired or replaced. Contact Council on 6217 9690 to make arrangements.

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