The Huon Valley is the southernmost municipality in Australia and is traditionally famous for growing apples but also produces cherries, berries and stone fruit. It is home to many commuter workers who work in Hobart or Kingston and prefer to live in a more rural setting.  It is also a major source of seafood; the valley hosts the headquarters of Huon Aquaculture and the major processing plants for Tassal. The largest employers are agriculture, forestry and aquaculture, followed by out of valley work. Tourism is a growing industry in the Huon Valley, and the valley attracts around 25% of Tasmania’s tourist visitors.


The population of the region is growing rapidly rising from 14,000 in 2006 to around 18,000 in 2020. This is significantly higher than the state average over the same period and appears to be increasing. This creates both opportunities and challenges and it is the role of local government to manage this.

For more details about the demographics and economic activity click  HERE


The Huon Valley Residents & Ratepayers Association (Inc) is non-partisan and has no affiliation with any political grouping or party. We welcome members with any political philosophy (or none!). The more diversity the better.

If you are thinking of joining please check out our “objects and purposes” as stated in our constitution  ( CONSTITUTION (2021) ) and only apply to join the association if you are fully supportive of them.

Our primary purpose is to monitor and promote:

  • good governance of the Huon Valley municipality

  • transparency and accountability in all decision-making and dealings undertaken by HVC

  • efficiency in all activities of HVC

  • timely and effective community consultation by HVC whenever appropriate

and to:

  • Communicate information about, and promote awareness of HVC governance issues to the Huon Valley community

  • Advocate on behalf of residents and ratepayers with HVC 

  • Monitor and advocate for major trends and developments in the

    Huon Valley, which as determined by the Committee could have a

    significant impact on the lifestyle, attractiveness and amenity of the



For a membership application form click here: 1 membership-application

It can be filled in (without having to print it out) and emailed back to us if that is more convenient. 

Your application will be considered at our next committee meeting and we will get back to you with confirmation. (Payment should be made at the time of application and will, of course, be refunded in the unlikely occurrence of your application being declined.)