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December to February

Submerged – Stories of Australia’s Shipwrecks

A travelling exhibition that will be hosed at the St Helens History Room from December to February


December 8

Carols on the Foreshore

Held on the St Helens Foreshore, Carols on the Foreshore will start at 7pm come along and singalong to all your favourite Christmas carols. This year the Carols will feature The Choir of High Hopes.

If it is bad weather the carols will move to the Portland Hall.

December 16

Carols at Cornwall Hall 

Held at the Cornwall Community Hall,  there will be a sausage
sizzle at 5:30pm followed by Carols at 6:30pm. Sausages $1,
entry by gold coin donation.
Hosted by the Cornwall Community Development Group Inc.



December 23

Fingal Christmas Parade

Starting at 5pm from the Town Hall theparade will go up Talbot Street to theRecreation Ground. Starting at 5pm

December 24

St Marys Christmas Parade

This year the St Marys parade will start at 5pm spreading cheer throughout the main street!

St Helens Christmas Parade

Starting at 5pm, the BBQ will be fired up ready to go. There will be a children’s raffle followed by  a prize wheel at about 6pm where there will be crayfish and hams to be won.

The parade starts at 7pm and straight after the parade there will be a prize draw for around $1000  worth of prizes.

January 1

St Marys Races

The annual St Marys Races will be held on New Years Day and is a great way to welcome the year.

January 6

Shape and Ride Bike Skills for kids

Come and learn fundamental skills for mountain biking. There will be fun games, challenges and free stickers.Held at the St Helens Foreshore next to the skate park this event teaches children 12 and under bike skills. The event starts at 9am and finishes at 11:30am. The cost is $30 per child.



History of the Tasmanian LeFevres – Official Book Launch

The official launch of this book will be held at the St Helens History Room on Sunday 6 January 2019 at 2pm.







January 17

Where Song Began

A musical Celebration of the evolution of Song: Australia’s Birds and how they shaped the world.

Held at the Portland Hall, St Helens from 7pm. Tickets: Adults -$25/$20, U18-$5



January 19

St Helens Athletics Carnival

Held at the St Helens Sports Complex this event includes cycling, track ‘n’ field events and woodchopping.

January 25

Australia Day Celebration

This year’s Australia Day Celebrations will be a little different and we hope you will join us in starting the celebrations early!

Because St Helens Wheels, Wine and Dine will be taking place on Australia Day which falls on a Saturday this year, we thought we would have a twilight Australia Day Celebration on the Friday.

This year’s Council Australia Day event will be held at the Portland Hall and Memorial Park in St Helens and start at 5pm with a Night market which will run until 9pm. The Night market will feature local artisans that will include hand crafted items like copper jewellery, tye die clothing, pottery, homewares and more.

The official ceremony, which features the announcement of the Australian and Young Australian Citizens of the year, will be held at 6pm. Completing the festive atmosphere will be Live music from 6:45pm – 8:45pm and food and drink including; Wine, Cider and Roti Wraps (Red pork and Asian slaw, Pulled lamb and chimichuri, Tandoori chicken and pickled carrots and cucumber as well as Sausages, Hamburgers, the infamous Wonks Fish Cakes and soft drinks provided by Marine Rescue.

Of course the next day, Saturday 26 January will see the St Helens Foreshore come alive with vintage cars, rides, rock-a-billy music and dancing more.

We hope that you will all come along and start the Australia Day Long weekend a little early this year.

January 26

Wheels Wine and Dine

This annual event held on the St Helens Foreshore includes a car show, food vans, live music and rock-a-billy dancing, X-treme rides,
fireworks and more.


Now Open – Community Funding Program 2018-2019

Do you know of a Community Group that would like to improve facilities/programs within their townships or may wish to improve the overall amenity of their town.

All community groups that represent the ratepayers of their community are eligible to apply for funding.

Funding application period closes 5pm, Monday 25 February 2019

For more information, please refer to: Community Funding Grant Application form 2018-2019

Alternatively, you may contact Chris Hughes or Erica Lowry at Council on (03) 6376 7900 or


St Marys Oval

Council advises that the St Marys Oval will be closed for sporting activities until further notice.

We will erect warning signs on the ground and tape off the entrance to inform the public.

Despite our best efforts to date and specialist assistance the condition of this ground is continuing to deteriorate.  In 2017 Council engaged a turf specialist to treat the red headed cockchafer grub infestation which developed on the St Marys oval and adjacent grounds due to dry conditions which had prevailed over the last 2 years. These conditions have also continued which unfortunately promoted the development of the pest even further.

Council’s contractor undertook pest management first in October 2017 and furthermore in October 2018. October was selected as the optimum time to treat this pest and to break the life cycle. If St Marys were to experience favourable conditions by sufficient rainfalls at the right times, the grounds would rejuvenate far quicker than it is currently happening. We are sourcing a water supply from the golf club which will assist with increasing the ground moisture.

Unfortunately we are unable to foresee when the ground will be in a suitable condition again but we believe that in its current state is not safe to be used for any sporting activity. Previously Council elected to give user groups the choice to utilise the grounds at their own risk but we have recently received legal/insurance advice against this option.

We will keep you updated on progress, the action we are taking has been our last resort.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Please check out the Great Eastern Drive site for a list of events in our area