About our municipality

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.

Port Arthur Planning Review Community “Drop-In” Session

In 2017 the Tasman Council commissioned Echelon Planning to review and provide recommendations on the zoning of Port Arthur and surrounds. The objectives of the review are to analyse existing and future population, tourism trends and employment data, to identify land use precincts within Port Arthur and to recommend the application of zones from the new Tasmanian Planning Scheme with a view to providing for the future needs of the community and visitors.

Echelon Planning will be running an informal ‘drop in’ session for local residents to make enquiries regarding their property or provide feedback.

3pm-5pm - Fri 15th February 2019 - Council Offices – 1713 Main Rd, Nubeena
10am-12noon – Sat 16th February 2019 - Port Arthur Recreation Ground Clubrooms

A copy of the Port Arthur Planning Review can be downloaded Here or viewed at the Council offices

Feedback to the Port Arthur Planning Review can be submitted to the Council by 28 February 2019.

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Council is committed to ensuring all public and councillor request for works are registered and dealt with within the guidelines of Council's customer service charter. Additionally, Council has in place public and Councillor request procedures to ensure all requests are dealt with in a timely manner. If you have an issue you would like to report to Council for follow up, including any problems you experience with a road or any signage within the Municipality:
  • 1. Download the PDF form to make a request.
  • 2. Print the form and fill it in.
  • 3. Hand it in at the Council office or send it to us by email, fax or post.
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