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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

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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Emergency Management & Recovery

The Dorset Emergency Management Plan describes the emergency management arrangements for the municipal area of Dorset, in order to counter the impact and effect of emergencies on our community.


The Dorset Emergency Management Plan is issued under the authority of the State Controller, in accordance with the requirements of Section 34 of the Emergency Management Act 2006 and is maintained by Council.  The Plan was reviewed in early 2018 and has now been endorsed by the State Controller.

The objectives of this plan are to record:

1. Roles and responsibilities related to identified hazards and emergency management functions
2. Current arrangements for Prevention and Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
3. Identify opportunities to reduce risks to the community

To review the Dorset Emergency Management Plan, click on the link below:

Dorset Municipal Emergency Management Plan Issue 7 - 2018


Flood information

In 2018-19, Council received funding from the National Disaster Resilience Grants Program through the State Emergency Service (SES) to undertake flood modelling and produce flood maps for Derby and Branxholm. The flood maps can be used by households, businesses, infrastructure managers and emergency management groups and authorities to support flood preparedness and resilience in the community.

The maps can be viewed and downloaded below:

5% AEP Flood Scenario Map
2% AEP Flood Scenario Map
1% AEP Flood Scenario Map
1% Climate Change AEP Flood Scenario Map

Although the best available information has been used to produce this mapping, it is for general information purposes only.  Reliance placed on this information is therefore at your own risk. For more information on the mapping please contact Council on 6352 6500.