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Environment

The City of Hobart has a unique natural and built environment.  It has considerable natural values - over 60% of its municipal area is native vegetation - and is recognised as a clean and green capital city. The Council is committed to protecting and enhancing these and encouraging sustainable lifestyles across the city of Hobart.

The City of Hobart is leading the community in responding to climate change.  Since 2000 it has reduced its own greenhouse gas emissions by over 70% and committed to a further 30% emission reduction by 2020.

The Council delivers a range of services and programs to help the community take action to save energy and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Residents are eligible for rate rebates for the installation of solar hot water systems and landlords for the installation of insulation in rental properties. The Council also has 4 Home Energy Audit Toolkits, that can be borrowed free of charge, so households can undertake a home energy audit in their own time and space.

To protect the wellbeing of its residents the Council provides an extensive range of public and environmental health programs and services. Public immunisations, food safety surveillance and enforcement, education and training programs and infectious disease investigations are some of the principal public health services undertaken by the Council.

In this section

  • Climate Change

    Climate Change

    The Council's dedication to Climate Change is outlined in Hobart's 5 Climate Change Strategies and incentive including the Energy Efficient Development Rebate, Solar and Heat Pump Hot Water Rebate and Insulation Rebate.  The Council also won the Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence 2009 and was a finalist in the 2009 Banksia Environmental Awards.

  • Energy Efficiency

    Energy Efficiency Guidelines and Incentives

    Homeowners pay hundreds of dollars more than they need to each year in heating and/or cooling bills because they are not taking advantage of free heating and cooling from energy efficient building design and using energy efficiently.  Find out how you can reduce your energy bills by using energy efficiently and find out about the Councils energy rebate offers.  This section also provides further information about The Dr Edward Hall Environment Awards, Walking Bus initative, Earth Hour and the Home Energy Audit Toolkit.

  • Animal Management

    Animal Management

    Animal management is provided across the City in a number of situations including households, sports fields and facilities, urban parks, bushland reserves (containing over 190 kilometres of tracks and trails - most available for on-lead walking), roads and footpaths.

  • Recycling and Waste

    Recycling and Waste

    The Hobart City Council provides efficient, reliable and sustainable waste services to meet the needs of the residential and commercial community with general waste collected on a weekly basis and recyclables collected fortnightly. This section covers information on landfill, waste, recycling and street cleaning.

  • Stormwater and Waterways

    Stormwater and Waterways

    This area of the Hobart City Council's website is devoted to all aspects of water around Hobart. You can find information about Hobart's stormwater network, which represent kilometres of underground pipes.  Also, read about the Council's waterways and environmental initiatives to reduce stormwater pollution entering the River Derwent.

  • Graffiti

    Graffiti

    Council is responsible for the removal of graffiti on infrastructure managed or owned by Council to maintain a safe, clean and attractive city. It also supports the reporting of graffiti within the Hobart municipal area.

  • Public Health and Food

    The Hobart City Council is dedicated to protecting and improving the health of the Hobart community through the promotion of healthy lifestyles, awareness and training.

  • Environmental Health

    The Hobart City Council is committed to creating health supportive environments and assists with regulating and monitoring environmental nuisances whilst providing information and assistance with waste water disposal systems, cooling towers and public swimming pools and spas.  Further information about environmental management can be found in the State of the Environment (SoE) report.

  • Occupational Licence

    Occupation licences may be issued to restaurant owners and operators to facilitate the placement of tables, chairs, umbrellas and other furniture used for outdoor dining. Here you will find information about the conditions that must be maintained as a licence holder.

Customer Service Centre

16 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Office Hours: Mon–Fri 8.15am–5.15pm
Telephone (03) 6238 2711
Email hcc@hobartcity.com.au

Postal address

Town Hall, Macquarie St
GPO Box 503
Hobart Tasmania 7001