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Community Consultation

The State Government are currently looking for feedback on their plans to upgrade the Skyline Drive/Tasman Hwy intersection. The department of State Growth will be holding a COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION on:
Saturday 14 December, 11:30am – 2:30pm Surfside Hotel Motel – 269 Tasman Hwy, Beaumaris
You can find information on the upgrade plans on the Transport website (link below). Council will also have some information in the office including feedback forms – alternatively you can download one below and
You can also find more information on the State Government’s Transport page.


Providing the Drought Communities funding is forth coming from the Federal Government, Council will undertake Stage 3 of the Fingal Streetscape before the end of December.

The works will be on the southern side of Talbot Street between Gleadow and Brown Street and will include footpath, kerb and channel, grass nature strip and storwater system.

Council will work with local workers employed through the Drought Communities Programme which we employed through an EOI process.

If you would like to make comment on this work, please email with Fingal Streetscape in the Subject line by 10 August.

You can find a copy of the plan below or drop into the Fingal Valley Neighbourhood house who have a copy of the plan.

Fingal Streetscape Stage 3


As you may or may not be aware, the State Government has been preparing a Statewide Planning Scheme (SPP), called the Tasmanian Planning scheme. This new scheme will include Statewide Planning Provisions as well as a Local Provision Schedule for each municipal area.

The new SPP has been adopted by the Government and includes some local provisions but not all have been carried over.

Local Provisions are specific planning guidelines that reflect matters of importance for a Local Government area.

All Tasmanian Councils are now preparing their Local Provisions which includes community consultation.

Helpful Documents

Local Provisions Schedule FAQ

Tasmanian Planning Commission FAQ sheet here

Tables of changes for popular zones in Break O’Day.

The following tables outline the changes in each zone so you can quickly see what has changed.

Environmental Living  – Landscape Conservation

General Residential- General Residential

Low density – low density

Rural Resource to Rural or Agriculture

Rural Living – Rural Living


What about our area?

The Interim Planning scheme, which is the current Break O’Day planning scheme, contains a number of provisions for our area.  We have already been told by the Planning Commissioner that some of these will not be carried over into the Statewide Scheme. However, we do have the opportunity to put forward a case for local provisions and we are preparing that now.  The first step is for us to review what we want to retain.

On Tuesday 8 October and Wednesday 9 October we will be holding Community Drop-in Sessions in St Marys and St Helens (see this poster for more information Planning Drop-in Sessions) so we can start talking to our community about the changes to zoning and how this may affect you as well as gather your thoughts and feedback on these changes.

Before you attend one of the sessions, we would recommend that you;

  1. Check out your current zone by looking on the LIST
  2. Check out the Tasmanian Planning Scheme and the Interim Planning Scheme to compare any changes
  3. Then check out these guidelines which provide the rational for changes to zones.

For example: One thing we know we will have to consider is that the Environmental Living and Rural Resource Zones will no longer exist. Instead land within these zones will have to be re classified under the new scheme. IN most cases this will either be a change to Landscape Conservation or Rural Living.

It is also important you understand the guidelines we must work within. It is also important that we all understand that any final decision will be made by the Planning Commission.

The following provisions provide a framework and a range tools for us to develop  any Local Provisions that we may want included:

  • Zone area maps
  • Local Area objectives (LAO)
  • Particular Purpose Zones (PPZ’s)
  • Specific Area Plans (SAP’s)
  • Site Specific Qualifications (SSQs)
  • Code Overlay maps (prescribers and local data)
  • Code lists (eg heritage)

What’s next?

The Community Drop-in Sessions at St Marys and St Helens.

When we update this page we will also let you know through Facebook as well as our newsletter.

Still have a question? Please email with Att: Planning Coordinator in the subject line and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Thank you.


Council is currently considering submissions it has received from the community on three new off-lead dog exercise areas Council is proposing for St Marys and St Helens.

They include two new areas for St Marys at the Sports Complex and on the old Railway Station site; and an extension of the existing exercise area on the St Helens Sports Complex (along Young Street).

Council will make new exercise areas it decides on safe to use, with fencing and other facilities, before Declaring in them under the Dog Control Act to permit walking dogs off-lead in them.

More information for you and your dog can be found on our Dogs webpage.

In early October, we sent out a survey to local businesses to gauge the impact of the One Night Stand on their businesses.

The results f this survey can be viewed here,

NOTE: This was a confidential survey and some responses were edited to ensure individual businesses would not be identified.

ONS Survey Results COMPILED