Living in Dorset

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 hrs 1300 858 824

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

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North East Rivers Festival 2019

The North East Rivers Festival is back in 2019 with a range of events held over 2 weeks in October.  Details are still being finalised but to find out more visit their website here or check out their Facebook page for all the up-to-date information.

Monthly Garage Sale & Market - Derby Town Hall

Occurs every third Sunday - 9 am to 1 pm.  No fees and all are welcome.  The Hall is open to Stallholders at 8 am and no bookings are required.  Sausage Sizzle and refreshments served by the North East Tasmania Lapidary Club.  For more information contact Sandra Snow 0417 533 030.

North East Tasmania Lapidary Club

Rock up and have a look! 43 Main Street, Derby every Wednesday and Saturday between 10 am - 4 pm.  For more information contact Sandra 0417 533 030 or Vincent 0403 042 499.

Move and Make Art at Derby Town Hall

Free classes every Monday! 

10 am - 11.30 am Movement to Music: dance, stretch, exercise to music.  Wear comfortable clothing, bring a towel and your favourite CDs.

12.30 pm - 3.30 pm Creative Crafts: Volunteer teachers present their favourite projects and techniques.  All tools and materials provided.  Take home a unique piece every week.

Classes presented by the Derby Community Development Association (DCDA) for the benefit of all communities in the North East.  For more information contact Sandra 0417 533 030 or Gayle 03 6354 2113.

Tasmanian Online Service Finder

Have you ever needed information about what programs and services are in your area? An online database is now available called and it lists services in a variety of categories such as addiction support, crisis and emergency support, resources for children, young people and older Tasmanians, relationship support, health and housing services. It’s designed for everyone to access, and is funded by a collective, initially lead by Anglicare, which includes Baptcare, CatholicCare, Colony47, Hobart City Mission, Mission Australia, Red Cross, Relationships Australia Tasmania, The Salvation Army, TasCOSS and UnitingCare Tasmania. Findhelptas is now managed by TasCOSS. If you have a program or service you’d like included on the directory, you can submit the details on the online form available on the site. If you need to update your data or if you have any queries, feel free to contact Leah Cleary, Project Support Officer, on 6231 0755 or

Bridport U3A

Have you ever wanted to learn new skills with like-minded people in a fun and interactive way? Well the new Bridport University of the 3rd Age (U3A) may be just what you’re looking for… it is a non-for-profit self-directed learning cooperative run solely by volunteers for the benefit of the community. For an annual fee of $45 (to cover insurance) you can get access to all courses offered by Bridport U3A. Aimed at over 50s or those who are retired or semi-retired, course options are limited only by your imagination. You may also have a desire to share your skills in a particular area and offer to teach at the U3A. Registrations are currently being taken in person at the Bridport Pavilion, or by emailing

Start Your Own Business

Are you ready to start your own dream business? Are you tired of making money for someone else? With the help of the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), you can start your very own business - with FREE accredited training in small business management, business advice and mentoring for the first 12 months of your business, and help with developing your business plan. Income support may also be provided for up to nine months while you get established. You can turn your dream business idea into a reality with NEIS! Call 1300 006 347 for more information, or apply online at There is also a flyer at the base of this page you can download with all this information, and a pamphlet with even more details you can read. Please note, while NEIS used to be available only to those wanting to transition from an income support payment, the program has now been expanded to anyone in the community who would like to turn their idea into a business, with free training and mentoring available to those whose ideas qualify under the program. So what are you waiting for?! Find out more today!

Yoga in Branxholm

Yoga classes are now being offered in Branxholm: 5:30 pm Mondays & Fridays; and 9:45 am Wednesdays. $15 drop in fee, or purchase a monthly class pass for $40. Private sessions are also available for $50 per hour, or create your own class with work colleagues and friends - private groups of 3 or 4 + students can be created for $60 per session. These classes can also be held at your own venue by arrangement. Contact Louise Raffaele (15 years teaching experience) on 0435 249 244 for more information.

Ringarooma Fire Brigade

Ringarooma Volunteer Fire Brigade is currently looking for new volunteers, both male and female over the age of 17 to become members and be trained as fire fighters for the local community. All training, uniforms and protective gear is provided free of charge. This can be a good opportunity to gain new skills that be used in your work or home life, such as gaining your truck licence, chainsaw ticket or first aid courses. Enquiries: David Shaw, 0422 052 684

Business Key Holder Registration

Scottsdale Police are establishing a Business Key Holder Register in the north-east. It is designed as a first point of contact for police outside of normal business hours, should they need to urgently contact the business owner or manager. If you'd like to make sure they have your details, you can download a copy of the form from the Tasmania Police website at

Dorset Community Men's Shed

We can be found at 2 Christopher Street, Scottsdale (on the town side of the recreation ground). We create items to sell to the public from our gallery. We repair and build what is required by customers. You can be guided by our members if you wish to build something for yourself. Maybe you have a project you wish to do, but just need some help to complete it? Maybe just come and have a coffee and a chat, you decide what you would like to do! Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm (although this can change over the winter months). Contact Merv on 0417 542 152 for more details.

Free Legal Advice

Call the Launceston Community Legal Centre on 03 6334 1577 to enquire about making an appointment. Services include: General Legal, Welfare Rights, Disability Discrimination, Employment & Family Law. Legal Literacy Volunteers are also available every Thursday at the Scottsdale LINC from 10 am - 4 pm. All are welcome!

Adult Literacy

Need help with reading, writing, maths or learning skills? You can access FREE one-to-one private tutoring for adults, simply by calling Adult Literacy Coordinator, Susan Alexander (based at the Scottsdale LINC) on 0428 167 429 or email Tutoring can be held anywhere you feel comfortable. Simply give Susan a call to book something in!

FREE Use of iPads

iPads are available to borrow, and FREE to use in the Scottsdale Library. Just ask the staff at the Scottsdale LINC.