Local government areas of Tasmania

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Local government areas of Tasmania
Map showing the 29 local government areas of Tasmania (border lines are approximate).

Councils of Tasmania are the 29 administrative districts of the Australian state of Tasmania. Local government areas (LGAs), more generally known as councils, are the tier of government responsible for the management of local duties such as road maintenance, town planning and waste management.


Local government regions

The local government areas of Tasmania are grouped into six regions:

Local government areas

There are 29 local government areas of Tasmania:

Local government areaPrincipal town Region Date
Land area [1] DemographicsMap
km2 sq mi Population [1]
Density [1]
(per km2)
Break O'Day St Helens North-east19933,523.91,3616,2881.8Rural Break O'Day LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Brighton Brighton Hobart1863171.26617,675103.3Urban Brighton LGA Tasmania locator map inset.svg
Burnie Burnie North-west and west1908611.023619,55032.0Urban Burnie City LGA Tasmania locator map with inset.svg
Central Coast Ulverstone North-west and west1993933.136021,93823.5Urban Central Coast LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Central Highlands Hamilton Central19937,982.43,0822,1300.3Rural Central Highlands LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Circular Head Smithton North-west and west19074,898.01,8918,0781.6Rural Circular Head LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Clarence Rosny Park Hobart1860378.014657,807152.9Urban Clarence City LGA Tasmania locator map inset.svg
Derwent Valley New Norfolk South-east19944,108.11,58610,4242.5Rural Derwent Valley LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Devonport Devonport North-west and west1907111.34325,633230.4Urban Devonport City LGA Tasmania locator map inset.svg
Dorset Scottsdale North-east19933,230.51,2476,6342.1Rural Dorset LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Flinders Whitemark North-east19071,996.67711,0100.5Rural Flinders LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
George Town George Town Launceston1907653.42526,96810.7Rural George Town LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Glamorgan–Spring Bay Triabunna South-east19932,591.61,0014,6021.8Rural Glamorgan Spring Bay LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Glenorchy Glenorchy Hobart1864121.14747,969396.0Urban Glenorchy City LGA Tasmania locator map inset.svg
Hobart Hobart Hobart185277.93054,649701.4Urban Hobart City LGA Tasmania locator map inset.svg
Huon Valley Huonville South-east19935,507.42,12617,5613.2Rural Huon Valley LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Kentish Sheffield North-west and west19071,156.24466,3155.5Rural Kentish LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
King Island Currie North-west and west19071,095.74231,6101.5Rural King Island LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Kingborough Kingston Hobart1907720.127838,31053.2Urban Kingborough LGA Tasmania locator map inset.svg
Latrobe Latrobe North-west and west1907600.523211,63819.4Rural Latrobe LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Launceston Launceston Launceston18521,413.654668,00748.1Urban Launceston City LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Meander Valley Westbury Launceston19933,330.81,28619,8446.0Rural Meander Valley LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Northern Midlands Longford Central19935,135.31,98313,4372.6Rural Northern Midlands LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Sorell Sorell South-east1862583.822515,60326.7Rural Sorell LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Southern Midlands Oatlands Central19932,615.51,0106,2902.4Rural Southern Midlands LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Tasman Nubeena South-east1907660.42552,4143.7Rural Tasman LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
Waratah–Wynyard Wynyard North-west and west19933,535.91,36513,8283.9Rural Waratah-Wynyard LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
West Coast Zeehan North-west and west19939,583.53,7004,1750.4Rural West Coast LGA Tasmania locator map.svg
West Tamar Beaconsfield Launceston1993691.126724,07034.8Urban West Tamar LGA Tasmania locator map.svg

Towns and suburbs of councils areas

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Map of local government areas of Tasmania

The following is a list of councils areas grouped by region, and the major towns and suburbs within each LGA.

Hobart area councils

Greater Hobart contains six LGAs:

South-east area councils

The south-east area councils contains four LGAs:

North-east area councils

The north-east area councils contain three LGAs:

Launceston area councils

The Launceston area councils contain four LGAs:

North-west and west coast councils

The north-west and west coast councils contain nine LGAs:

Central councils

The Central councils contain three LGAs:

Former local government areas

Tasmania has had a number of former local government areas. In 1907, the 149 road trusts or town boards (LGAs) of Tasmania were reduced by mergers and amalgamations to 53 LGAs. By the time of a large scale overhaul in 1993, 46 LGAs were reduced to the present-day 29. [2]

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