Central Highlands Council

Central Highlands Council is a local government body in Tasmania, encompassing the Central Highlands region of the state. Central Highlands is classified as a rural local government area and has a population of 2,141, the two largest towns are Bothwell and Hamilton.

Central Highlands Council
Map showing the Central Highlands local government area.
Coordinates42.2124°S 146.646°E / -42.2124; 146.646
Population2,141 (2016)[1]
 • Density0.3/km2 (0.78/sq mi)
Established2 April 1993[2]
Area7,976.4 km2 (3,079.7 sq mi)
MayorLoueen Triffitt
Council seatHamilton
RegionCentral Highlands
State electorate(s)Lyons
Federal Division(s)Lyons
WebsiteCentral Highlands Council
LGAs around Central Highlands Council:
West Coast Meander Valley Northern Midlands
West Coast Central Highlands Council Southern Midlands
West Coast Derwent Valley Southern Midlands

History and attributes

Central Highlands was established on 2 April 1993 after the amalgamation of the Bothwell and Hamilton municipalities.[2]

Central Highlands is the least densely populated local government area of Tasmania, with only 0.3 people per square kilometre. The municipality is classified as rural, agricultural and medium (RAM) under the Australian Classification of Local Governments.[3]


The population of the area is small and quite decentralised, resulting in a large number of small towns. Some of these towns were founded as support sites for workers on the hydro-electric dams scattered along the upper Derwent River. Main towns are considered Hamilton (council headquarters) and Bothwell.

The towns (with population as of 2006):


The municipality is subdivided into eight townships:[4]

  1. Hamilton Township
  2. Ouse Township
  3. Gretna Township
  4. Ellendale Township
  5. Fentonbury Township
  6. Westerway Township
  7. Wayatinah Township
  8. Bothwell Township

Parks and reserves

It covers most of the mountainous centre of the state, also known as the Central Plateau which contains the Central Plateau Conservation Area including sections of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, as well as the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and Walls of Jerusalem National Park. Other smaller reserves of different status occur in the region as well.


NamePosition[5]Party affiliation
Loueen TriffittMayor/Councillor Independent
Lana BensonDeputy Mayor/Councillor Independent
Jim AllwrightCouncillor Independent
Tony BaileyCouncillor Independent
Richard Bowden OAMCouncillor Independent
Robert CassidyCouncillor Independent
Julie HonnerCouncillor Independent
Erika McRaeCouncillor Independent
Jim PooreCouncillor Independent

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Central Highlands". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  2. "Agency Details: Central Highlands". search.archives.tas.gov.au. Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. "Local government national report 2014-2015". regional.gov.au. Australian Government. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  4. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Councillor Details - Central Highlands Council". centralhighlands.tas.gov.au. Central Highlands Council. Retrieved 1 February 2015.

Further reading

  • Jetson, Tim.(1989) The roof of Tasmania: a history of the Central Plateau Launceston, Tas.: Pelion Press. ISBN 0-7316-7214-3
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