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Kingborough is home to one of the longest coastlines in the state, which stretches a stunning and unique 336 kilometres.

Among the diverse local industries are fish processing, aquaculture, tourism, viticulture, boat building and civil engineering. The municipality is proud to host the headquarters of the Australian Antarctic Division. We have a population of approximately 35,000 people, and is one of the fastest growing in the state. The blend of extensive modern facilities and access to natural beauty constantly attracts new residents to the area.

Kingborough is essentially residential in nature offering a variety of living opportunities. Modern development and rapid expansion has brought housing estates, new industries, schools, sporting and recreational facilities, service clubs and shopping centres. Kingston is the major commercial, retail and administrative centre for the municipality. Other towns include Taroona, Blackmans Bay, Margate, Snug, Kettering, Woodbridge, Middleton and Alonnah at Bruny Island.

The future
Kingborough Council is focusing on planning for the future and adapting to a growing community that brings with it a number of challenges and pressures.

A strategic vision for Kingborough’s communities is vital for the region to secure a prosperous social and economic future. Council has a unique development opportunity within central Kingston, which will be a critical element in achieving this future.

The vision for the Kingston Park development is that it will contribute to the stimulation and creation of a revitalised central business district and will lead to a viable self-sustaining community. It is the most critical single project for the economic future of the Kingborough municipality.


Emergency Management

In the event of an emergency, please call 000.

You can also visit TasALERT (external website) or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

Council encourages residents to do their own emergency planning. Be pro-active, and talk to your family and friends about being prepared and staying safe in the event of a disaster. By working together, we build a stronger community and become more resilient to disasters.

Being prepared for the bushfire season is essential in a municipality that has a lot of bushland. It is important to remember how quickly things can change; bushfires can range from slow moving controllable fires to catastrophic firestorms. Visit our Fire page for more information on preparing for this natural hazard in Kingborough.

The Tasmania Fire Service has great resources on their website to help you make a plan for your family and home. Visit the Tasmania Fire Service website (external link).

Call Emergency Services on 000.

Floods and storms
Visit the Tasmania State Emergency Service (SES) website (external link).

Or call SES 132 500.

The SES website all provides preparation information on being:

Police Assistance Line
You can report a non-urgent crime by calling the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

Call the line to report:

motor vehicle theft
stealing from a motor vehicle
malicious damage
minor motor vehicle collisions
lost property.
Preparing for an emergency
The Tasmania Fire Service provides a range of information and resources in preparing for bushfires.

The Red Cross also has a free disaster preparedness guide, RediPlan (external link) that will help you to prepare for any emergency in four simple steps.

The following are some tips for your family to consider to prepare for an emergency:

How will you stay in touch in the event of, or after an emergency?
How you will contact each other if you are separated?
Who will collect family members and who will check on neighbours?
Where will you meet?
What will you do about pets?

Community Services

Kingborough Council supports and promotes a thriving, vibrant and connected community.
We want to create an inclusive and collaborative atmosphere that encourages all our residents to engage in life in this beautiful area.

Council coordinates an active volunteer program, provides grants for not-for-profit organisations to benefit the community, and organises a range of events for people of all ages in Kingborough.

These events include our annual Love Living Locally festival in March and Kingborough Awards for volunteers in January. Other events include information days on Positive Ageing, youth festivals and various arts and culture awards.

Council’s Community Development Team coordinates a monthly program, Learning for Life, which includes gardening and cooking workshops, health and fitness activities and information sessions. The program incorporates awareness days and weeks such as Mental Health Week in October and many events are held in partnership with local community groups and organisations.

Keep an eye on our Events page, social media channels and local newspapers to see what’s happening in Kingborough.


It is recommended that applications for Plumbing approvals should be made after any planning approvals have been finalised.

The plumbing approval process is generally as follows:

Plumbing applications lodged – your submission should be prepared by a designer and will need to include a copy of the Title, working drawings, a Form 35 from the Plumbing Designer, soil test, a wastewater assessment if applicable, a certificate of Certifiable Work (Plumbing) from TasWater (if required), engineering design and specifications, and relevant consultant reports.
Lodgement – your submission will be assessed to ensure all initial documentation has been provided with your application and contact you if further information is required. The Customer Service team will then lodge the application and send you the invoice to pay. Once it is paid, the application will be allocated to the Plumbing Department for assessment.
Assessment – our officers will assess your applications and advise you in writing of the outcome of the assessment or to request further information.
If you are looking at upgrading or replacing your wastewater system, you will need to apply for a Plumbing permit. However, even if the plumbing work itself does not require a Planning Permit, the associated works (trenches, soakage areas etc.) may require a permit and assessment, including but not limited to:

where threatened vegetation or vegetation subject to the Biodiversity Protection Code or Scenic Protection Code will be impacted/removed
where the property is subject to the Heritage Code
where the works are within 30m of a wetland or watercourse
where the extent of works don’t meet the other limited exemptions listed in the Planning Scheme.
Please contact Council’s Customer Service Team on (03) 6211 8200 if you have any questions or are not sure of your particular requirements.

New Planning Scheme

Kingborough Council is currently preparing a draft Kingborough Local Provisions Schedule (LPS) to submit to the Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC). The Local Provisions Schedule, once approved, will indicate how the State Planning Provisions will apply in the Kingborough Municipality as described below. This will replace the current Kingborough Interim Planning Scheme 2015.

The new Planning Scheme is divided into two parts:

State Planning Provisions (SPPs) – a set of consistent statewide development controls for 23 Zones and 16 Codes that will operate across the State. The SPPs have been approved by the Minister for Planning and will come into force once the Kingborough Local Provisions Schedule is subsequently approved.
Local Provisions Schedules (LPSs) – apply at the local municipal level and consist of the Zone maps, Code overlays, Particular Purpose Zones, Specific Area Plans etc. to guide the application of the SPPs.
Once the draft Kingborough LPS is reviewed by the TPC to ensure it meets all of the legislative requirements under the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 and Council receives notification that the legislative process has been satisfied, the TPC will direct Council to undertake formal public consultation.

As part of the preparation process, Council staff undertook a Pre-Exhibition Compliance Briefing with the Tasmanian Planning Commission Panel that has been appointed to ensure that draft LPSs are suitable for public consultation. The issues discussed at this briefing can be found in the below document.

TPC Kingborough Council: Pre-lodgment compliance briefing issues, 20 June 2018

Once released for public consultation, the draft Kingborough LPS and associated documents will be placed on this website for public viewing.


We want to create a region that looks after the interests of its older member and recognises their needs in a supportive and considerate way. It is important to encourage and promote an active, healthy and engaged lifestyle for seniors in Kingborough.

Positive Ageing Strategy
Kingborough Council updated its Positive Ageing Strategy in July 2018. For enquiries regarding the strategy, please contact our Community Development Team on (03) 6211 8200.

Tuesday Talks

As part of Council’s support for Positive Ageing a series of talks have been organised for the first Tuesday of the month from 10.30 am to 12 noon at Kingston LINC (Kingston Library). Talks cover topics relevant to the older residents of our community and are designed to provide information in an informal setting and allow for individual questions to be answered in a friendly environment.

Talks are free for seniors and those caring for older people. Morning tea is provided. Contact Council’s Community Development Officer for bookings and information on 6211 8170.

Manor Gardens Club
We manage the Manor Gardens Club in Kingston, which is one of the only Council operated respite services in Tasmania. The Club provides daytime support and social opportunities for aged and frail citizens, as well as people suffering memory loss. In doing so, it provides vital respite for devoted by busy families and carers.

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