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Dorset Council provides community services based on the principles of quality, equity, value and responsiveness.

Visiting Dorset

Dorset has a unique blend of wilderness, wildlife, stunning scenery, mining heritage, secluded beaches and world class golf courses.

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  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  •  After Hours: 1300 858 824

Business community in Dorset

Dorset Council is focused on providing support to potential investors to facilitate sustainable developments large and small.

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  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After Hours 1300 858 824

Community Budget Submissions

Do you have a bright idea for a project or initiative that will benefit the community? Now is your opportunity to share it with Council for consideration during the 2024/25 budget discussions.

Do you have a bright idea for a project or initiative that will benefit the community? Now is your opportunity to share it with Council for consideration during the 2024/25 budget discussions.

As planning commences for the upcoming 2024/25 budget, Council invites community groups, businesses and individuals to contribute their ideas and suggestions for consideration. This is an opportunity to engage in the annual budget process and all submissions will be assessed against Council’s strategic priorities and considered in the context of the overall budget. Your input will help inform the development of the budget by:

  • Ensuring a diverse range of ideas are considered on what will deliver the greatest benefit to the Dorset community in 2024/25 and beyond
  • Resources are allocated in a way that benefits a broad cross section of the Dorset community

Examples of suggestions that might be made are:

  • Improvements to community facilities or assets
  • Development of new community facilities or assets
  • Ideas for programs or initiatives including social, environmental, etc.

Before making a submission, you can check out the Major Projects section on our website to get an idea of which projects are already underway and their status. The submission form will also remain accessible throughout the year and new submissions received will be considered during future planning and budget discussions.

You can make a submission in any of the following ways:

Online

Scroll down to submit your proposal online

Post

Post your written submission to:

‘2024/25 Budget Submission’

PO Box 21

Scottsdale TAS 7260

Email

Email your written submission to dorset@dorset.tas.gov.au with the subject heading ‘2024/25 Budget Submission’

In person

Council Office

3 Ellenor Street

Scottsdale TAS 7260

The submissions period will close on Sunday 24 March 2024.

* Please note any submissions received may be published in a Council Meeting Agenda

Timeline

  • Submissions open 23 February 2024
  • Submissions to be received by 24 March 2024 to be considered for the 2024/25 budget
  • Evaluation of submissions and obtaining additional details if necessary
  • Preparation and presentation of the draft budget to Council at 7 May Briefing Workshop
  • Finalisation of 2024/25 budget
  • Present proposed 2024/25 budget to Council at 24 June Council Meeting

What will happen with my submission once it’s received?

When Council receives your submission, you will receive confirmation. Council will then do an initial assessment of your submission and may:

  • Confirm that your submission is suitable as it is
  • Ask for more information to help Council better understand your proposal
  • Suggest that your proposal needs to be submitted through a different channel, such as the customer service request system or externally to a different service provider

When the submission period closes on Sunday 24 March 2024, all submissions will be assessed against Council’s established plans and a report will be prepared for Council to be presented at the April Briefing Workshop.

After discussions at the April Briefing Workshop, a draft budget will be developed which will include any successful submissions. The 2024/25 budget is expected to be presented at the June Council Meeting.

Once the 2024/25 budget has been drafted, Council will let you know whether your submission was successful. If your proposal is not chosen you will be given feedback regarding why it was unsuccessful.

Unless you are otherwise advised, submissions that are not successful will be kept to:

  • Inform future planning and budget discussions
  • Be assessed against any suitable internal or external funding opportunities in future

While every submission will be considered, it may not be possible for all submissions to be included in the final 2024/25 budget. This could be due to a number of factors, including:

  • Little or no alignment with Council’s strategic priorities
  • The submission falls outside the scope of services provided by Council
  • Further work is required to develop the submission for it to be ready for consideration
  • Further analysis of the proposed costs may be required
  • The proposal is beyond Council’s financial capacity

No. The budget submission process in not about providing grant funding to groups, businesses or individuals to implement particular priorities. It is to help inform how Council prioritises what services, projects or initiatives Council may undertake on behalf of the community.

If your submission meets eligibility requirements of Council’s Community Grants Program, you will be notified and may be encouraged and assisted to make an application for grant funding.

The budget submissions process is not intended to address day-to-day issues, such as fixing potholes or general maintenance to public spaces. You can notify Council of these issues by submitting a Customer Service Request.

Community Budget Submission

Postal Address
What age bracket are you in? 

Include a short description

250 characters left
Council’s Strategic Plan 2023-2032 centres on four key pillars that represent the major priorities for the Dorset community. Which of the pillars links to your proposal?  

Select all that apply

Please list the relevant towns that will benefit from the proposed submission. If the submission relates to all areas within Dorset please list “Dorset”.

If cost or revenue estimates are known, please provide details in the box below or attach details. If you are not aware of a cost or revenue estimate please leave this section blank.

Please provide details of the submission including things such as benefit to Dorset, risks the submission might mitigate and why the proposal is important. You can attach a separate document if necessary.

Council Office External
22 July 2024

Notice of Special Meeting of Council | 25 July 2024

A Special Meeting of Dorset Council will be held at the Council Chambers, 3 Ellenor Street, Scottsdale on Thursday, 25 July 2024 commencing at 2:00 pm.
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Golconda Road Funding
17 July 2024

Golconda Road Funding Announced

Dorset Council was recently announced as one of just 7 councils across Australia to receive funding as part of Tranche 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
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Generic Council Meeting Outcomes
02 July 2024

Briefing of Decisions | Special Meeting of Council - 2 July 2024

For further information on any of these items, please contact Commissioner Andrew Wardlaw (0408 766 019) or General Manager, Mr John Marik (03 6352 6500).
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Council Office External
26 June 2024

Notice of Making of Rates and Charges | Financial Year 2024/25

Pursuant to Section 118(a) of the Local Government Act 1993, the following is a summary of the Rates and Charges made at a Council Meeting held on 24 June 2024 for the period 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025, namely:
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Council Meeting June
25 June 2024

Briefing of Decisions | Council Meeting - 24 June 2024

For further information on any of these items, please contact Commissioner Andrew Wardlaw (0408 766 019) or General Manager, Mr John Marik (03 6352 6500).
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Cr Russell Brown
28 May 2024

Vale | Former Councillor Ronald “Russell” Brown

It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of former Councillor Russell Brown. Russell served as a Dorset Councillor from October 2011 until October 2014. Russell was a fierce advocate for his beloved Legerwood and surrounding area, was passionate about his community, provided considered feedback during debate and is remembered as a great story teller. The Commissioner, Management and Staff pass on their condolences to Russell’s family and friends at this difficult time.
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DSC 0003
21 May 2024

Council and Tasmania State Emergency Service sign three year Memorandum of Understanding

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Tasmania State Emergency Service (SES) and Dorset Council, with National Volunteer Week beginning yesterday.
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Generic Council Meeting Outcomes
21 May 2024

Briefing of Decisions | 20 May 2024 Council Meeting

For further information on any of these items, please contact Commissioner Andrew Wardlaw (0408 766 019) or General Manager, Mr John Marik (03 6352 6500).
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Volunteer Week Graphic
20 May 2024

Dorset Volunteer Appreciation

This week, Australia celebrates its largest annual recognition of volunteers. It is an opportunity to highlight the important role of volunteers within the Dorset community.
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Ringarooma Memorial Trees
06 May 2024

Scheduled Maintenance | Memorial Tree Avenue, Ringarooma UPDATE

Thank you to community members who have provided feedback / comments on the proposed maintenance of the Ringarooma Memorial tree avenue.
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South Street Intersection 2
06 May 2024

Temporary Partial Road Closure – South Street, Bridport

Please be advised that access to South Street - from Main Street, and one lane of South Street, Bridport (town centre side) will be temporarily closed from 7am - Monday, 13 May 2024. This closure is to allow for the continuation of stormwater upgrade works in the area.
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Council Office External
23 April 2024

Briefing of Decisions | 22 April 2024 Council Meeting - Council Chambers

For further information on any of these items, please contact Commissioner Andrew Wardlaw (0408 766 019) or General Manager, Mr John Marik (03 6352 6500).
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2024 Barry Jarvis Scholarship Recipients
19 April 2024

2024 Barry Jarvis Education Scholarship Recipients Announced

Yesterday, Commissioner Andrew Wardlaw announced the recipients of the 2024 Barry Jarvis Education Scholarships at a ceremony held at the Scottsdale Art Gallery Cafe.
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Road Closed
22 March 2024

Temporary Road Closure | Westwood / Main Street Bridport Junction

Please be advised that the entrance to Westwood Street, Bridport off Main Street is temporarily closed until 5pm, Thursday 28 March. This junction will be re-opened to motorists for the Easter break holiday period, prior to being closed again on Tuesday, 2 April until further notice.
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Tas Water
22 March 2024

TasWater | Bridport Residents Asked to Conserve Water

TasWater has issued a media release encouraging Bridport residents to continue water conservation efforts to help avoid any water restrictions in the community after the hot, dry summer conditions. Residents are urged to conserve water and not undertake any non-essential water usage activities to assist the whole community. For further information contact TasWater 13 6992
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March Outcomes
19 March 2024

Briefing of Decisions | 18 March 2024 Council Meeting - Branxholm

For further information on any of these items, please contact Commissioner Andrew Wardlaw (0408 766 019) or General Manager, Mr John Marik (03 6352 6500).
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Submissions Open Picture
23 February 2024

OPEN NOW | Community Budget Submissions

Do you have a bright idea for a project or initiative that will benefit the community? Now is your opportunity to share it with Council for consideration during the 2024/25 budget discussions.
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Generic Council Meeting Outcomes
20 February 2024

Briefing of Decisions | 19 February 2024 Council Meeting - Gladstone

For further information on any of these items, please contact Commissioner Andrew Wardlaw (0408 766 019) or General Manager, Mr John Marik (03 6352 6500).
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