Business and Economy

For potential investors or new residents Dorset Council is focused on providing all necessary support to facilitate sustainable developments large and small as well as a warm welcome for new arrivals.


Key Sectors

One of the outstanding qualities of the Dorset region is its cool temperate climate and the spectacular diversity of landforms and ecosystems, including coastal geomorphology with extensive complex dunes, rolling rural landscapes, precipitous mountains, world heritage coastal wetlands and a broad range of forest types.  The district is well endowed with natural resources including large areas of volcanic soils of extraordinarily high fertility, native and plantation forests, abundant but relatively undeveloped water resources and significant undeveloped coastal resources. 

Whilst there are unlimited opportunities for further investment in Dorset, some of the key sectors are listed below:


Road Networks

Dorset is well serviced by an extensive road network.  The Tasman Highway (A3), via the spectacular “Sideling” is a major route into and out of the district and connects Scottsdale with Launceston, 60km to the west, and St Helens 70km to the east. 

The Flinders Highway, the main north coastal road connecting Bridport to the East Tamar Highway, is used extensively as a transport route. 

The Lilydale-Golconda Road, an alternative route to Launceston from Scottsdale is another major route into and out of the region.    

Council continues to deliver long term improvements to local roads, streetscapes and stormwater infrastructure. 


Sea/Air Ports

The nearest major sea port is the Port of Launceston at the Bell Bay Industrial Estate on the Tamar River, about 60 minutes from Scottsdale.  Devonport the terminus for the Bass Strait roll-on roll-off freight and passenger ferries, is about two hours from Scottsdale via the Flinders Highway. 

Northern Tasmania’s principal airport is the Launceston Airport, about 60 minutes from Scottsdale.  The airport offers the largest air freight service in Tasmania as well as daily direct passenger flights to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. 

Within Dorset itself there is a small fishing and freight port facility at Bridport as well as an unsealed airport at Bridport.  Both of these largely service Flinders and Cape Barren Islands.  Barnbougle Golf Course also has an airstrip bringing visitors from Melbourne.