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Central Coast Council area

About the area

Location and boundaries

The Central Coast Council area is located on the north-west coast of Tasmania, about 20 kilometres west of Devonport and 30 kilometres east of Burnie. The Central Coast Council area is bounded by Bass Strait in the north, Devonport City in the east, the Kentish Council area in the south-east and south, the Waratah-Wynyard Council area in the south-west, and Burnie City in the west.

Included areas

The Central Coast Council area includes the townships and localities of Abbotsham, Camena, Castra, Cuprona, Forth (part), Gawler, Gunns Plains, Heybridge (part), Howth, Kindred, Leith (part), Loongana, Loyetea, Middlesex (part), Nietta, North Motton, Penguin, Preservation Bay, Preston, Riana, South Nietta (part), South Preston, South Riana, Spalford, Sprent, Sulphur Creek, Turners Beach, Ulverstone, Upper Castra, West Pine and West Ulverstone.

Economic region
Central Coast Council area

Land use

The Central Coast Council area features both urban and rural areas. Eighty-five per cent of the area’s population live along the coastal strip. The principal townships are Ulverstone and Penguin, with smaller townships at Forth, Gawler, Heybridge, Leith, Sulphur Creek and Turners Beach. Rural land is used largely for agriculture, including poppies, pyrethrum, peas, potatoes and onion growing, and timber production and livestock enterprises. Tourism is also an important industry. The Council area encompasses a total land area of about 930 square kilometres.


The Central Coast Council area is served by the Bass Highway.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the late 1830s, when many timber-cutters arrived. Land was also used for agriculture. Growth took place during the late 1800s, when several ports operated and the railway line from Launceston was opened. The most significant residential development occurred from the 1950s into the 1970s. The population grew slightly from the 1970s to the 1990s. The population was relatively stable from 1991 to 2011, at about 20,000 people.