Local government areas of Tasmania


Councils of Tasmania are the 29 administrative districts of the Australian state of Tasmania. Local government areas (LGAs), more generally known as councils, are the tier of government responsible for the management of local duties such as road maintenance, town planning and waste management.

Map showing the 29 local government areas of Tasmania (border lines are approximate).

Local government regions


The local government areas of Tasmania are grouped into six regions:

  • Central
  • Hobart
  • Launceston
  • North-east
  • North-west and west
  • South-east

Local government areas


There are 29 local government areas of Tasmania:

Local government area Principal town Region Date
established
Land area[1] Demographics Map
km2 sq mi Population[1]
(2019)
Density[1]
(per km2)
Classification
Break O'Day St Helens North-east 1993 3,523.9 1,361 6,288 1.8 Rural
Brighton Brighton Hobart 1863 171.2 66 17,675 103.3 Urban
Burnie Burnie North-west and west 1908 611.0 236 19,550 32.0 Urban
Central Coast Ulverstone North-west and west 1993 933.1 360 21,938 23.5 Urban
Central Highlands Hamilton Central 1993 7,982.4 3,082 2,130 0.3 Rural
Circular Head Smithton North-west and west 1907 4,898.0 1,891 8,078 1.6 Rural
Clarence Rosny Park Hobart 1860 378.0 146 57,807 152.9 Urban
Derwent Valley New Norfolk South-east 1994 4,108.1 1,586 10,424 2.5 Rural
Devonport Devonport North-west and west 1907 111.3 43 25,633 230.4 Urban
Dorset Scottsdale North-east 1993 3,230.5 1,247 6,634 2.1 Rural
Flinders Whitemark North-east 1907 1,996.6 771 1,010 0.5 Rural
George Town George Town Launceston 1907 653.4 252 6,968 10.7 Rural
Glamorgan–Spring Bay Triabunna South-east 1993 2,591.6 1,001 4,602 1.8 Rural
Glenorchy Glenorchy Hobart 1864 121.1 47 47,969 396.0 Urban
Hobart Hobart Hobart 1852 77.9 30 54,649 701.4 Urban
Huon Valley Huonville South-east 1993 5,507.4 2,126 17,561 3.2 Rural
Kentish Sheffield North-west and west 1907 1,156.2 446 6,315 5.5 Rural
King Island Currie North-west and west 1907 1,095.7 423 1,610 1.5 Rural
Kingborough Kingston Hobart 1907 720.1 278 38,310 53.2 Urban
Latrobe Latrobe North-west and west 1907 600.5 232 11,638 19.4 Rural
Launceston Launceston Launceston 1852 1,413.6 546 68,007 48.1 Urban
Meander Valley Westbury Launceston 1993 3,330.8 1,286 19,844 6.0 Rural
Northern Midlands Longford Central 1993 5,135.3 1,983 13,437 2.6 Rural
Sorell Sorell South-east 1862 583.8 225 15,603 26.7 Rural
Southern Midlands Oatlands Central 1993 2,615.5 1,010 6,290 2.4 Rural
Tasman Nubeena South-east 1907 660.4 255 2,414 3.7 Rural
Waratah–Wynyard Wynyard North-west and west 1993 3,535.9 1,365 13,828 3.9 Rural
West Coast Zeehan North-west and west 1993 9,583.5 3,700 4,175 0.4 Rural
West Tamar Beaconsfield Launceston 1993 691.1 267 24,070 34.8 Urban

Towns and suburbs of councils areas


Map of local government areas of Tasmania

The following is a list of councils areas grouped by region, and the major towns and suburbs within each LGA.

Hobart area councils

Greater Hobart contains six LGAs:

South-east area councils

The south-east area councils contains four LGAs:

  • Derwent Valley Council, containing the towns and settlements of Adamsfield, Black Hills, Boyer, Bushy Park, Feilton, Fenton Forest, Fitzgerald, Glenfern, Glenora, Granton, Hayes, Karanja, Lachlan, Lawitta, Macquarie Plains, Magra, Malbina, Maydena, Molesworth, Moogara, Mount Field, Mount Lloyd, National Park, New Norfolk, Plenty, Rosegarland, Sorell Creek, Strathgordon, Tyenna, Upper Plenty, Uxbridge, and Westerway.
  • Municipality of Tasman, containing the towns and settlements of Koonya, Murdunna, Nubeena, and Port Arthur.
  • Huon Valley Council, containing the towns and settlements of Barretts Bay, Brooks Bay, Cairns Bay, Castle Forbes Bay, Charlotte Cove, Crabtree, Cradoc, Cygnet, Deep Bay, Dover, Eggs and Bacon Bay, Franklin, Garden Island Creek, Garden Island Sands, Gardners Bay, Geeveston, Glaziers Bay, Glen Huon, Glendevie, Golden Valley, Grove, Hastings, Huonville, Ida Bay, Judbury, Lonnavale, Lower Longley, Lower Wattle Grove, Lucaston, Lune River, Lymington, Mountain River, Nicholls Rivulet, Pelverata, Petcheys Bay, Police Point, Port Huon, Raminea, Randalls Bay, Ranelagh, Recherche, Strathblane, Surges Bay, Surveyors Bay, Upper Woodstock, Verona Sands, Wattle Grove, Woodstock Cygnet, Eggs and Bacon Bay, Dover, Franklin, Geeveston, Port Huon, Glen Huon, Huonville, and Southport.
  • Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, containing the towns and settlements of Bicheno, Coles Bay, Cranbrook, Orford, Swansea, and Triabunna.

North-east area councils

The north-east area councils contain three LGAs:

Launceston area councils

The Launceston area councils contain four LGAs:

North-west and west coast councils

The north-west and west coast councils contain nine LGAs:

Central councils

The Central councils contain three LGAs:

Former local government areas


Tasmania has had a number of former local government areas. In 1907, the 149 road trusts or town boards (LGAs) of Tasmania were reduced by mergers and amalgamations to 53 LGAs. By the time of a large scale overhaul in 1993, 46 LGAs were reduced to the present-day 29.[2]

See also


References


  1. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area, 2018 to 2019". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2019.
  2. "Is Amalgamation a 'Silver Bullet'?" (PDF). lgat.tas.gov.au. Australia: Centre for Local Government, University of New England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2015.