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Introduction

The West Coast is the gateway to Tasmania's wilderness. Coastal populations include Strahan, situated on Macquarie Harbour, and the picturesque shack sites of Granville Harbour and Trial Harbour. The inland population centres of Queenstown, Zeehan, Tullah and Rosebery and the small historic townships of Gormanston and Linda are all within a short distance from magnificent lakes, rivers, rainforests, dunes and historic sites.

Services

Emergency Management

In an Emergency phone 000. Phone 132 500 for Flood & Storm Assistance
West Coast Council’s role in Emergency Management is one of leadership, support and of fostering partnerships with various organisations and agencies, including Tasmania Fire Service (TFS), State Emergency Service, Parks & Wildlife and Tasmania Police.

Council’s General Manager has been appointed by the Tasmanian Minister for Police & Emergency Management as Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator, with the Manager of Civil Works & Town Maintenance appointed as Deputy.

Planning Services

West Coast Interim Planning Scheme 2013

Interim Planning Schemes came into effect across the Cradle Coast region on 19 October 2013. A two-month period of public comment on the West Coast Interim Planning Scheme followed.

The period for public comment is now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided input. More than 80 submissions were received from across the region.

What's happening now? The nine Councils of the Cradle Coast region will prepare a report for the Tasmanian Planning Commission based on the submissions received.

Councils are coordinating a consistent response to submissions relating to regional matters, plus reporting on matters specific to West Coast. The Commission will consider the reports then hold a hearing to determine if the Interim Planning Schemes are in order. The hearing is anticipated to take place around May 2014.

After the hearing, the Commission may (1)certify the Schemes as final, (2) modify the draft planning schemes or (3) direct Council to redo a part of the Planning Scheme.

Corporate Services

Council's Finance and Administration Department is responsible for administrative and financial support and management, human resources and information technology. It is the Department's goal to maximise Council's organisational performance and service delivery through positive management, continuous improvement and ongoing review.

West Coast Council recognises the importance to the organisation of quality customer service and endeavours to maintain high standards.

The Council's administration office is located in Queenstown with agencies in Zeehan, Strahan and Rosebery able to receive payments and redirect enquiries received from ratepayers.

Eleanor Strang
Position Manager Corporate & Strategic Services
Contact Details Work: 03 64714700
Email: estrang@westcoast.tas.gov.au

Ursula Gehrke
Position Creditors/Payroll
Contact Details Work: 03 64714700
Email: payables@westcoast.tas.gov.au

Building Services

Council does not provide Building Surveying Services and no longer assess applications to ensure compliance with the Building Code of Australia.

Any person wishing to undertake building works is required to lodge their application with a private building surveyor prior to lodging the application with Council for approval.

A Certificate of Likely Compliance will be issued with approved plans. Council will require the Certificate of Likely Compliance and approved plans to be lodged with completed application forms so a building permit can be issued.

Planning and Plumbing approvals are still undertaken primarily by Council and these processes still need to be undertaken prior to a building permit being issued should approval be required.

West Coast Council
Position Planning & Regulatory Services Coordinator
Contact Details Work: 03 64714700

Alison Shea
Position Compliance Officer
Contact Details Work: 03 64714704
Email: complianceadmin@westcoast.tas.gov.au

Animal Control

The Animal Control Program undertakes a regulatory role in relation to the control of dogs within the municipality. Council's Municipal Inspector carries out all Animal Control functions, in accordance with the requirements of the Dog Control Act 2000 and Council policy. Successful control of dogs relies upon education and promotion of responsible dog ownership, in addition to the collection and impounding of stray dogs and administering the registration of dogs within the municipality.

Council is proactive in ensuring that all dogs within the municipality are registered by 31 July each year. Infringements are issued to owners of dogs found to be unregistered after this date. It is vital that all infringements are paid to prevent further action as Council will refer your details for debt collection - you have only 28 days to comply with the conditions stated on the infringement notice.

Please note that complaints regarding dogs will only be investigated if the Complaint Lodgement Fee has been paid. If your complaint is proven following an investigation, we will refund the fee.

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