Councillor Island

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Councillor Island is an island with an area of 10.53 ha, in south-eastern Australia. It is part of Tasmania’s New Year Island Group,[1] which includes the much larger King Island, lying north-west of Tasmania in Bass Strait. The island forms part of the King Island Important Bird Area because of its importance for breeding seabirds and waders.[2]


Breeding seabird and shorebird species include little penguin, short-tailed shearwater, fairy prion, common diving-petrel, Pacific gull, silver gull, sooty oystercatcher, black-faced cormorant and Caspian tern. Reptiles include eastern blue-tongued lizard.[3]



  1. ^ Brothers et al (2001), p.53.
  2. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: King Island. Downloaded from on 2011-07-16.
  3. ^ Brothers et al (2001), pp.53-55.


  • Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X

Coordinates: 39°50′S 144°09′E / 39.833°S 144.150°E / -39.833; 144.150