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Introduction

Kentish Council is a local government body in Tasmania, situated in the north-west of the state, to the south and inland from Devonport. Kentish is classified as a rural local government area and has a population of 6,128, the major towns of the municipality are Sheffield, Railton and Wilmot.

Kentish Municipality has a population of 6056 persons and growing, which is just over 1% of Tasmania's population.

Since 1996 the population has steadily grown, and indications are that it will continue to rise at the highest rate of all the Councils on the North West Coast of Tasmania. But we have plenty of room for more as we are still have only about 5 persons per square kilometre.

About one third of the population is in the towns of Railton and Sheffield, with the balance being spread across smaller townships and farming areas.

The main town of Sheffield developed as the centre of farming operations in the municipality, and has since grown to be the major shopping area, a thriving tourism area, and is the gateway to Cradle Mountain. Sheffield is known as the Town of Murals, with 55 murals (and growing) depicting the pioneer history and the people of Kentish. With it's beautiful King George V park, safe amenities and friendly people , it is no wonder Sheffield is growing.

Sheffield was named "AUSTRALIA'S TIDIEST TOWN" IN 2014

Railton is almost as big as Sheffield, and is the proud home of Cement Australia 's Tasmanian operations. The Railton and Districts Development Association Inc.(RADDAI) has pioneered topiary as a means of attracting tourism interest to Railton. There are many topiary examples in private gardens, and Council is embarking on a partnership with RADDAI to bring the topiary to the main street.

Railton has many large blocks of land within its boundaries that give the town a rural feel as they are ideal for horses and country living.

The soils in Kentish are very productive and the rainfall is fairly predictable, consequently the main industry is agriculture; farming of beef, dairy, sheep and cropping. There is also potential to develop further as part of the North-West region as 'Food Bowl" of Australia. There is also potential to further develop tourism opportunities. The landscape ranges from lush rural farmland to spectacular mountain scenery. One of Tasmania's key visitor attractions Cradle Mountain is located in the municipal area, as is the world standard Lake Barrington Rowing Course.

There are a number of small localities throughout the municipality with evocative names like Garden of Eden, Gentle Annie, Paradise, Nook, Nowhere Else, and The Promised Land that are also visitor attractions.

Mount Roland dominates the landscape of the populated areas and watches carefully over the land, and is visible way out to sea many miles away. For those leaving or returning home on the ferry, Roland tugs at the heart strings. In Kentish you are almost never out of sight of Roland and its beautiful rocky outline captures the sunlight and changes throughout the day. A walk to the summit is a wonderful day walk for the fit and well prepared.

Services

Planning Services

Planning approval and building and plumbing approval are two separate processes. Often a particular use or development of land may require a permit for planning, building and plumbing. If this is the case, separate applications are required and the Planning permit must be the first stage of the process.

The planning permit process regulates the use and development of land by assessing proposals against Council's planning schemes and the State's planning legislation. The planning approval process focuses particularly on the impact of a proposal on the site and neighbouring land. It addresses the following types of issues;

Does it comply with planning scheme requirements?
Is it located an appropriate distance from boundaries?
Is the scale and size appropriate for the area?
Is there adequate car parking?
Does it create any access or traffic safety issues?
Are the hours of operation appropriate for the area?
Are there any environmental constraints that need to be considered?
Council planning officers are available between 8.00am and 4.30pm for assistance with;

Enquiries regarding the Planning Scheme and other planning documents
Pre-application discussions and assistance
Lodgement of applications
Viewing of advertised applications

Alternatively contact our planning officers on 6491 0200 or you may choose to email your enquiry to council@kentish.tas.gov.au

Environmental Health

Kentish Council provides a range of Environmental Health Services as required under Tasmanian Law.

Documents relating to some of these services can be found in the website, or alternatively you can contact Councils Environmental Health Officer on 6491 0200.

Waste Management

Kentish Council provides a variety of waste management services to the community.

See below for details of:

Waste Collection Services
Recycling Services
Waste Transfer Station Times
Mobile Phone Disposal
Ink & Toner Recycling
Household Chemical Waste Collection
Asbestos Removal
Please contact the Council Office for other waste management enquiries.

Animal Control

Dogs are great companion and working animals, but owning one means you have particular responsibilities, both to your pet and also to the general public.

To ensure dogs are not a nuisance to the community and other animals, owners are required to make sure that they comply with Councils policies and the Dog Control Act 2000 (an up to date copy of the Dog Control Act 2000 can be obtained from www.thelaw.tas.gov.au).

The Council's Dog Management Policy contains information on:

Dog registration requirements
Fee reduction/reimbursement
Repacement of lost tags
Off-leash excercise areas
Mandatory On-Leash areas
Restricted areas
Micro-chipping
Dangerous/Restricted/Nuisance Dogs
Kennel Licencing
Other related information

Work Health and Safety

Contractor General Induction
All contractors, their employees and any sub-contractors or suppliers who are engaged to perform works or deliver services within any worksite controlled by, or on behalf of Latrobe or Kentish Councils MUST successfully complete the Online General Induction.

The induction is provided as a general guide and all contractors/suppliers must ensure that WHS legislative compliance is met through their own management systems. The Induction can be completed using a standard web browser and it will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

The General Induction is a 4 step process:

1. Download, print and complete the Contractors Safety Compliance Checklist

Attach all relevant current copies of insurances, including public liability, workers compensation (where you employ a person coming onto site), motor vehicle cover and professional indemnity (if applicable). Copies of any relevant trade certificates or high risk licences are also required.

2. Complete the online induction at the link below.

3. Print and sign the CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION.

4. Forward ALL the above documentation via

Email: council@latrobe.tas.gov.au
or
Mail: WHS Officer, Latrobe/Kentish Councils, PO Box 63, Latrobe 7307

NOTE: Works must not commence until receipt of all relevant documentation

The induction will be valid for two (2) years; however you will be required to provide evidence of your insurances on an annual basis.

A site specific induction may also be required for specific jobs/projects.

If you have any questions in relation to the induction, please contact Council’s WHS/Risk Officer Ph 6426 4444.

Links: Worksafe Tasmania – www.worksafe.tas.gov.au
Tasmanian Legislation Online – www.thelaw.tas.gov.au

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