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The Tasman Municipality is located on Tasmania's picturesque southeast coast approximately 90 minutes from Hobart. As in many rural communities, Tasman's population is dispersed with the majority of people centered in and around the township of Nubeena and the localities of White Beach, Highcroft, Port Arthur, Premaydena, Saltwater River, Koonya, Taranna, Eaglehawk Neck and Murdunna. The municipal area covers approximately 659.3 kilometres. Practically an island, the diversity and abundance of wildlife and plant life is truly remarkable.

The population is relatively stable at approximately 2400, which swells to between 8,000 and 9,000 as a result of tourists and visitors during the summer months who come to enjoy beaches, bush walking and fishing areas as well as as many other tourist attractions.

Tasman strives to be a welcoming community with an unbeatable quaility of life boasting a number of boating and sporting clubs with tourism services catering for all ages and interests. Tasman is also proving to be an attractive area for property developers, people seeking a 'sea change' and retirees looking for a quieter lifestyle.

The Tasman Peninsula was formerly a bustling industrial zone fuelled by convict labour. In the era between convict settlement and the introduction of the modern tourist industry the area was mostly engaged in timber and fishing. The terrain and soil type impeded large-scale agriculture although fruit farming and general farming was and still is carried out in suitable locations.

The Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas are renowned for its rugged coastlines which have been the scene of a number of shipwrecks. At Eaglehawk Neck there are many strange rock formations, including The Devil's Kitchen, Tasmans Arch, Blow Hole and the Tessellated Pavements. Tasman has been said to have some of the world's best surf spots at Eaglehawk Neck, Roaring Beach and Shipsterns Bluff.

An extremely scenic part of Tasmania that is dominated by rolling pastures and heavily timbered hills and surrounded by dramatic coastline of sheer cliffs, towering rocky outcrops and sheltered bay and sea caves. Walking tracks and kayaks provide access to the area's most isolated areas.


Animal Management

Dogs are an important part of the community and many people value their companionship. Council encourages owners to comply with the Dog Management Act 2000 and asks you to follow some basic guidelines which recognise the rights of all community members:

Ensure dogs over 6 months old are registered.
Dogs are to microchipped.
Clean up any mess left by dogs.
Ensure dogs are on leads on all roads, footpaths, nature strips and public walkways.
Inform Council on the death or transfer of ownership of a dog.
Dogs must not attack a person or other animal.
Don’t allow dogs to bark continually and cause a noise nuisance.
Maintain effective control of dogs.
No more than 2 dogs over 6 months of age, or 4 in the case of working dogs, on premises unless a kennel licence has been approved (outside a residential area).
If you dog is found outside of your property and Council picks up your dog it will be taken to the Council pound located at Main Road, Nubeena.

For more information about responsible dog ownership or for current registration fees please contact the Tasman Council on (03) 6250 9200 or email tasman@tasman.tas.gov.au

Dog registrations must be paid by July 31st each year. Tasman Council offer a discounted period during July to encourage dog registrations.

Waste/Rubbish Management

Please be advised that Tasman Council will be holding a Hard Waste Collection for ratepayers and residents between 10th and 13th September 2018. BOOKINGS REQUIRED!!! To register your property for the hard waste collection, please contact Tasman Council on 6250 9200.

Maximum amount of hard waste per property is 1m x 1m x 1m. Excess or unacceptable materials will not be collected and residents will be required to remove it from the kerbside.

Items that WILL NOT be collected;
Green waste, batteries, oil and oil containers, asbestos, paint tins, building renovation and demolition materials, chemical or hazardous waste, household garbage, bricks, concrete, gas bottles, broken glass, tyres, car parts.


Planning affects all residents and property owners in relation to developing and using a property and Council as the Planning Authority administers this through the Tasman Interim Planning Scheme 2015. An interactive version of the the planning scheme is available on the Tasmanian Planning Commission’s website:


Planning approval is required for most types of use and/or development. This includes new dwellings and outbuildings, additions / extensions to existing structures as well as subdivisions and boundary adjustments.

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