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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!

Life Without Barriers

CUSTOMERS & FAMILY: Information sessions are being held on Thursday 30th March at 10 am and 3:30 pm at Dorset Community House in Scottsdale. Find out about the range of support services provided under the NDIS and how Life Without Barriers can assist you to reach your goals.
FUTURE STAFF: Information sessions are being held on Thursday 30th March at 1:15 pm and 5:45 pm at Dorset Community House in Scottsdale. Some exciting opportunities have arisen to work as Disability Support Workers and Mentors in the Scottsdale region - come along to find out more (please bring a copy of your CV along with you on the day)! 
RSVPs: Colleen on 6337 3800 or by Wednesday 29th March - download the flyers at the base of this page for more information.

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.


This free, fun and supportive playgroup for families and friends of children (0-6 years) with developmental delays, behavioural and sensory issues, delays in communication and social skills and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (no diagnosis needed) is held on Thursdays during school terms at 35 Holbrook Street, Invermay. Download the flyer at the base of this page 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

Launching into Learning

Scottsdale Primary School hosts various sessions designed for children of pre-school age. Download the flyer at the base of this page for more information about sessions scheduled in 2017.

Parents Matter Program

An exciting new program has been launched by the University of Tasmania in our region! The ‘Parents Matter Program’ is based in Scottsdale, and is open to all parents/carers with children in Grades 5-8. For more information contact the Project Manager, Marcel Kerrison, on 0417 622 047 or -

Local Hospitality Course

The Dorset Trade Training Centre will be hosting a course to discover and tailor your customer service skills in 2017. You can gain accreditation in training that is recognised nationally over six full days and make yourself job ready! For dates, any other enquiries or to check your eligibility, please contact Narelle Krushka on 0448 817 309 or email

Piano Lessons in Ringarooma

Have you always wanted to play the piano? Now is your time to learn! Talented pianist Harley Tait is offering classes from beginners to adults for a cost of $35 per hour. Phone 0419 671 675 for more information.

FREE Polystyrene Recycling

Did you know clean polystyrene packaging, including clean clam shell food containers and coffee cups, can be recycled (just not via our domestic recycling)? You can simply drop it off (for FREE) at the Launceston Recycling Centre on Cavalry Road, Mowbray, where it is melted down into bricks weighing an average of 19 kilograms each. Polystyrene is mostly air, so melting the polystyrene into bricks reduces its volume by over 95%. Once melted down, the bricks are then easily shipped away to be recycled into other products.

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

Scottsdale Ambulance Volunteers

The local Ambulance Tasmania service located in Scottsdale provides 24/24 emergency response and medical transport to the general public and members of the Scottsdale community. As well as two salaried paramedics, the Scottsdale Ambulance Station relies on a dedicated group of volunteers. Volunteer training is provided by Ambulance Tasmania and local paramedics, and is a nationally recognised first aid qualification. Ambulance Tasmania are always welcoming new volunteers for the local Scottsdale Ambulance group. If you are interested in volunteering for Scottsdale Ambulance feel free to give the station a ring on 03 6352 6406 and they will be happy to provide further information. 
More information and application forms can also be obtained at the following web link:

Cancer Council Outreach Service

Working to minimise the incidence and impact of cancer on all Tasmanians, through advocacy, raising awareness of cancer prevention and offering support and information for anyone affected by the disease. The Cancer Council Outreach Service have a 4 weekly service at the Scottsdale LINC from 10 am - 11 am on Tuesdays. 

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!

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.

Community Grants

There are a whole suite of grants available, that may provide just the funding you need to carry out your community project or idea! Check out the Grants Page for a list of grants currently available, and follow the links to other potential grant sources.

Events in Dorset

Check out the Events Page for a full list of events currently scheduled in the Dorset region. If you would like to add an event to the Event Calendar, please contact the Community Projects Coordinator, Anneka Ferguson, on 03 6352 6531 or

Community Groups & Activities

Community groups and regular activities on in Dorset can be seen here. These include a wide range of sporting, craft and social groups and activities. If you would like to add a group or activity to the website (or to update your group or activity contact details), please contact the Community Projects Coordinator, Anneka Ferguson, on 03 6352 6531 or

If you have any flyer or item you would like added to the Community Noticeboard, please contact the Community Projects Coordinator, Anneka Ferguson, on 03 6352 6531 or send an email to