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Welcome to the Southern Midlands of Tasmania, where a blend of good old fashioned values and modern ideas co-exist. The Southern Midlands Council is a rural local government authority with approximately 3800 rateable properties and 6000 persons scattered throughout the districts.
Towns and localities include Mangalore, Bagdad, Broadmarsh, Elderslie, Dysart, Kempton, Melton Mowbray, Oatlands, Tunbridge, Tunnack, Parattah, Woodsdale, Levendale, Runnymede, Colebrook, Campania and Rekuna.
Development & Environmental Services
Development and Environmental services are primarily based at the Kempton Office situated at 85 Main Street Kempton.
The responsibilities of this department include Land Use Planning and Development, Environmental Health, Building and Plumbing regulatory control and Animal Control. There are also administrative services provided at the Kempton Office which enable payment of rates, dog registrations and general access to all council services and information.
Community & Corporate Development
The Community and Corporate Development Department is primarily based at the Kempton Office situated at 85 Main Street Kempton. The key functions and focus relating to community development include working with individual community groups and organisations to assist them in achieving their goals and objectives; youth and childcare services; sport and recreation; and generally faciliting and promoting health and well bing activities within the municipal area.
Corporate Development has a more internal focus with a responsability for developing corporate policies and systems; and encouraging ongoing improvement within council as an organisation.
Waste Transfer Station Hours and Household Roadside Collection Service.
Effective from the 1st March 2018, all users will be required to show their Driver’s Licence as evidence that they live within the municipal area. Alternatively, users will need to have some form of evidence that they are a property owner.
All non-ratepayers and non-residents will be strictly required to pay disposal fees in accordance with the Schedule of Charges displayed. Ratepayers and residents will still be required to pay the scheduled fee for disposal of Tyres; Whitegoods and Car Bodies.
OATLANDS WASTE TRANSFER STATION
Natural Resource Management
The Southern Midlands Council is committed to working in partnership with the community to encourage public awareness of the importance of Natural Resource Management.
The Southern Midlands Council has sought to promote the integration of agricultural management practices with environment conservation in order to achieve sustainable land management. This is being achieved through developing and supporting community natural resource management projects both at the group and individual level. The program also involves working with neighboring municipal councils, non government organisations such as the University of Tasmania, Greening Australia or the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, as well as State and Federal Government agencies. For a number of current projects, the partnership approach between Council and other relevant organisations is assisting to maximise opportunities to fulfill objectives.
The Southern Midlands Council is committed to the management of weeds within the Municipality and is working with landholders and other agencies to achieve positive outcomes. The Southern Midlands Weed Management Strategy was endorsed by Council in November 2017.