Welcome To The Central Highlands
The Heart of Tasmania
This year has, been the most taxing of my 11 years as Mayor of the Central Highlands, but also the most stimulating.
Welcome to Central Highlands Council’s new web site; a site packed with information for the community, potential residents, business and those seeking to visit the region.
Consultation sessions on the Central Highlands Draft Planning Scheme have been held in Bothwell, Hamilton and Miena.
Councillors are urging residents to vote, ‘Yes’, in the referendum on the financial recognition of Local Government being held on the same day as the Federal election.
Central Highlands Council is seeking $14.35m from the Federal Government’s Tasmanian Forestry Agreement Economic Diversification Funding for the construction of the Southern Highlands Irrigation Scheme which will drought proof a large area of the region and provide a secure town water supply to Bothwell.
The Central Highlands covers 8,000 sq km, or 12 per cent of Tasmania’s land mass, and is home to disparate, but thriving communities.
It has a permanent population of 2,100 and 3,200 ratepayers, many of whom own shacks in the communities around the region’s numerous spectacular lakes and mountains.
The Central Highlands boasts glorious scenery and dramatic built heritage dating back to the early 19th century. It is the birthplace of Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric power system and home to the best trout fishing in the southern hemisphere.
Our region is host to a World Heritage Area, two national parks and other Wilderness Conservation Areas, to Tasmania’s recreational fly fishing, hunting and bushwalking communities, and has strong agricultural, horticultural and tourism industries.