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 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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  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After Hours 1300 858 824
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Council Meetings

Council Meetings are held monthly and commence at 6.00 pm. As per recommended guidelines, if you are feeling unwell, please do not attend Council Meetings.

2024 Schedule of Ordinary Council Meetings

Monday 22 January (Council Chambers)Monday 19 February (Gladstone Hall)

Monday 18 March (Branxholm Hall)

Monday 22 April (Council Chambers)
Monday 20 May (Council Chambers)Monday 24 June (Council Chambers)
Monday 22 July (Council Chambers)Monday 19 August (Council Chambers)

Monday 16 September (Council Chambers)

Monday 21 October (Bridport)
Monday 18 November (Legerwood Hall)Monday 16 December (Council Chambers)


Council Office External

On 2 August 2023, the Minister for Local Government suspended all Dorset Councillors for the duration of the Board of Inquiry investigation. A Commissioner has been appointed to undertake all functions and powers of Council (Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors) during this period.

Council Meetings will continue to be held and there will continue to be opportunities for the community to ask questions about Council operations.

**The Director of Public Health announced on 16 September that the state's COVID-19 risk level had been reduced to 'low risk'. Due to this announcement, restrictions on attendance at Council Meetings has been relaxed, with no need to register to attend.

NOTICE is given that the next Ordinary Meeting of the Dorset Council will be held on Monday, 20 August 2024 at the Council Chambers, 3 Ellenor Street, Scottsdale commencing at 6:00 pm.

If any member of the public is feeling unwell, please do not attend.

A recording of the Council Meeting, except for any part held in Closed Session, will be made available to the public as soon as practicable after the Meeting via Council’s website and social media.

Any member of the public attending the Council Meeting is to ensure that any mobile devices are switched to silent or off during the Meeting. No unauthorised filming or recording of the Meeting is allowed. Please also be aware of the meeting procedures and Council guidelines for asking public questions during question time or presenting a deputation - a copy of which can be viewed on this page below.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING

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.

Business of the Meeting:

  1. Acceptance of Council’s Response – Dorset Board of Inquiry Report (Closed Session)

Please Note: That the business of the meeting will be held in closed session, therefore the meeting is not open to the public.

At the 21 November 2022 Council Meeting held in Bridport, Aunty Patsy Cameron AO presented a Welcome to Country. To read it in full, please click here.

At the 15 February 2021 Council Meeting held in Winnaleah, Aunty Patsy Cameron AO presented a Welcome to Country. To read it in full, please click here.

Agenda and Attachments

The agenda and attachments for Council Meetings are made available to the public on the Wednesday evening prior to the scheduled Meeting. They can be downloaded below or a hard copy can be collected from Council's friendly Customer Service Team. To view both current and the last six (6) years agendas and minutes, click on the links below.

Public Question Time and Deputations

Members of the public can ask questions or make a deputation (statement) at any Council Meeting. Policy 41 Council Meeting Procedures (see below) gives you guidelines and the process on how to make a deputation or to speak during public question time. You can also submit a question/s on notice to the General Manager seven (7) days prior to a Council Meeting. *This seven day period excludes the day the questions were submitted and the day of the Meeting. Deputations and Questions can be submitted any of the following ways and must include your name, where you live (i.e. Scottsdale), and an email address and/or contact phone number (your name and where you live will be included in the public agenda):

Emailed to: dorset@dorset.tas.gov.au or gm@dorset.tas.gov.au

Posted to: PO Box 21, Scottsdale 7260 marked to the attention of the General Manager, or

Dropped into the Council Offices at 3 Ellenor Street, Scottsdale

Policy 41 - Council Meeting Procedures

Annual General Meeting

Council held its 2022/23 Annual General Meeting at the Multi-Function Centre, Bridport Recreation Ground, South Street, Bridport on Monday, 20 November 2023.

The unconfirmed Minutes and 2022/23 Annual Report can be viewed below. You can also view previous AGM documents and Annual Reports below.

To listen to the 20 November 2023 Annual General Meeting, click on the audio link below:

AGM Audio - 20 November 2023

Council Meeting Audio

The audio recording of the Council Meeting, except for any part held in Closed Session, will be made available to the public as soon as practicable after the meeting via Council's website and social media.

The audio from the past 3 Council Meetings can be accessed below. You can access historical Council Meeting audio on Council's SoundCloud profile below.

Dorset Council | SoundCloud Profile

2024 Audio Recordings

Council Meeting – 22 July 2024 – Audio Recording

Special Council Meeting – 2 July 2024 – Audio Recording

Council Meeting – 24 June 2024 – Audio Recording

Council Meeting – 20 May 2024 – Audio Recording