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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

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Council Facilities for Hire

All Council owned facilities are available for hiring by the public, but must meet current maximum density limits, contact tracing and COVID-19 safety plans.


Dorset Council facilities for hire include Community Halls and Recreation Venues.

Council have the following facilities available around Dorset for hire:

  • Branxholm Recreation Ground
  • Bridport Hall
  • Bridport Multi Function Centre @ Recreation Ground
  • Bridport Recreation Ground
  • Bridport Village Green
  • Derby Hall
  • Northeast Park
  • Nugget Sellers Pavilion
  • Scottsdale Netball Courts
  • Scottsdale Stadium (Stadium Floor Management Information)
  • Scottsdale Swimming Pool 
  • Rotary Stall Van
  • Winnaleah Community Centre @ Recreation Ground
  • Winnaleah Hall

The following buildings are Council owned, but bookings are made via Hall Caretakers - please contact Council for information on who to contact:

  • Pioneer Hall
  • Branxholm Hall
  • Legerwood Hall
  • Springfield Hall
  • Gladstone Hall
  • North Scottsdale Hall
  • Ringarooma Hall

To hire a Council facility, an Application for Facility Hire Form must be completed and returned to the Council Office at 3 Ellenor Street, Scottsdale (PO Box 21, Scottsdale, TASMANIA 7260) or via email dorset@dorset.tas.gov.au 


In addition to standard hiring processes listed above, the following documents must be completed during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

COVID-19 Facility Hire Agreement

COVID-19 Facility Cleaning Checklist

From 1 May 2021, it is mandatory for Tasmanians and visitors aged 16 years and older to check in to a range of businesses, venues, organisations and events with the Check In Tas app. Check in Tas QR codes have been installed on all halls and recreational grounds owned by Dorset Council. Community and sporting groups hiring these facilities are responsible for ensuring guests check in using the app or where there is no internet coverage provide a pen and paper option. For more information visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au/check-in-tas

It is also recommended that you call Council's friendly Customer Service Team to discuss your booking on 03 6352 6500.


During the 2017/18 financial year, Council decided to remove fees for the use of community halls and facilities when being used for community purposes, and that the entry fees into the Scottsdale and Branxholm swimming pools be removed.  The waiving of hire fees has continued into the 2019/20 financial year due to Council's strong financial position, along with Council not increasing fees and charges from 1 July 2015 to 1 July 2021 (excluding the Bridport Seaside Caravan Park and statutory fees).  Council's 2021/22 Fees and Charges Schedule is available here.

For assistance in completing these forms, or for further information including availability, contact the Council Office on 03 6352 6500.