Northern Midlands

About the Northern Midlands

Fast Facts

  • 55% of population resides in 5% of area, which is generally in the North of the municipality, including Longford, Perth and Evandale.
  • Northern Midlands Council is responsible for the maintenance of 972kms of roads - more than any other council in Tasmania.
  • Northern Midlands Council has an annual turnover of $16.3m.
  • 51% of municipal total revenue comes from rates ($7.5m); the remainder is mostly Government grants for various services, and user fees.
  • Northern Midlands contains over 6950 properties, with an Assessed Annual Value of approximately $128m.
  • Northern Midlands Council meets every fourth Monday.
  • Number of electors in the municipality is 8204.

The Northern Midlands Story

Northern Midlands was created as a municipality following amalgamation of Evandale, Longford, Campbell Town, Ross and part of Fingal municipalities in 1993. It took in the major towns of Longford, Perth and Evandale, together with Western Junction Airport, TRANSlink Precinct and Ben Lomond National Park in the north, and the towns of Campbell Town, Ross and Avoca together with Lake Leake and Tooms Lake in the south, with boundaries extending from the coastal range in the east to the Western Tiers. Amongst the many challenges this posed were the integration of the many small communities into a functioning local government area, creation of a unifying image and identity, and formation of a single efficient administration which is supported by several local district committees to serve the needs of this expanded network of people.

Northern Midlands Council inherited some significant issues. One of these is distance, comprising as it does a widely scattered array of small towns across one of the largest rural local government areas in Tasmania. Another has been the equity issues posed by the demographic reality of shrinking country towns and villages in the south, and growing commuter towns in the north. Yet another has been the responsibility of managing some of the most significant heritage sites and landscapes in Tasmania, including the precious 19th century villages of Ross and Evandale.

There have been major problems to solve. Amongst them is the need to provide water supplies and waste treatment to rural towns which can meet modern standards. Another has been to address the social and logistical problems encountered by remote and aging communities in accessing government, health, commercial and education services, maintain social connections and ensure there is the necessary support for youth in areas far removed from city based facilities.

Our Vision

Northern Midlands communities will be vibrant, sustainable and resilient, promoting their diversity and conserving the heritage values of our towns.
Our competitive strengths will attract more people to the municipality, increase employment, business activity and property values.
Our community pride will be based on co-operation and self help, evident by our care of natural and constructed assets and our leadership in environmental management.
Each community's needs will be met with fair and appropriate quality services, creating high community satisfaction with Council's performance and high employee morale and well-being.

Our Mission

Northern Midlands Council is committed to providing effective, innovative and efficient service to the community it represents. It aims to encourage active local communities of distinct character and to foster a sense of pride in the Northern Midlands Area.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Respect for people
  • Highest levels of integrity and honesty
  • Open representation for all ratepayers and residents
  • Equitable distribution of services, costs and opportunities for all members of the community
  • Provide progressive community leadership by formulating clear, positive policies and strategies
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Encourage community confidence through communication, consultation and participation
  • Consideration of economic, environmental and social sustainability when making decisions
  • Consistency - being fair and accountable in decision-making and actions
  • Commitment to working with facts and accurate data.

Council has a vital and demanding role to play in working with the people of Northern Midlands to shape our common future, as the elected body representing the Northern Midlands community, as the Planning Authority for the area, the frontline environmental manager and as the principal infrastructure provider with capacity to undertake major capital works. It can promote local economic investment, ensure there are resources to support our youth and our aged, and is lobbyist-in-chief to state and federal government on behalf of its twelve thousand people.

Council is conscious of the need to listen to our many communities, and to sustain good communication on the issues of most concern as we work out the way forward together.

The future needs will not be left entirely to chance. There are elements which can, with care, be guided toward healthy, prosperous and equitable outcomes for the future of the Northern Midlands. Careful stewardship of our existing natural and man-made assets, a clear recognition of our strategic and competitive advantages, prudent use of our financial and other resources, coupled with timely and decisive action to capture our unique opportunities are the underlying purpose of Council's Strategic Plan.

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