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Community Engagement

Council is now reviewing all our township plans and we need your input so we have developed a survey and will also be visiting each of the townships and holding a drop-in session.

Township plans have been developed for:

  • Mathinna
  • Falmouth
  • Fingal
  • Cornwall
  • Binalong Bay
  • Ansons Bay
  • Scamander
  • St Helens
  • St Marys

You can find the Township Plans here: Township Plans

Township Plans are developed in collaboration with the community and provide Council with an understanding of each community’s needs and how we can work together to achieve them.

Drop in to one of our sessions, take our survey and chat to Council Staff about what is important to YOUR community in YOUR town.

St Helens 28 March 4:30 – 7:30pm @ Portland Hall
Ansons Bay 2 April 9:30 – 11:30am @ Location to be confirmed
Cornwall  6 April 2:00 – 3:30pm @ Cornwall Community Hall
Fingal  6 April 4:30 – 6:30pm @ Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House
Mathinna  13 April 4:30 – 6:30pm @ Mathinna BBQ Shelter
Scamander  4 May 4:30 – 6:30pm @ Scamander Sports Complex
St Marys  11 May 4:30 – 6:30 @ St Marys Community Hall
Falmouth 18 May 4:30 – 6:30 @ Falmouth Community Centre
Binalong Bay 28 May  9:30 – 11:30am @ Foreshore carpark near the Tennis Courts


If you can’t make it to your township’s drop-in session you can still share your thoughts with us by taking this survey.

Click here to take the survey


Session dates for Break O’Day include:

We will also list the dates/locations and times as well as the survey link on our website here:

If you are unable to attend in person you can take the survey online here.

For more information go to: Local Government Review

Council has been working on a DRAFT CONCEPT Plan for the St Helens sports Complex.

We have already gathered feedback from user groups of the Recreation Ground and now we would like to hear from you.

Below is a DRAFT CONCEPT plan of the Sports Complex and what Council would like to propose.

To provide feedback on the plan please consider:

  • What do you like about the DRAFT CONCEPT plan?
  • What don’t you like about the DRAFT CONCEPT plan
  • Have we covered everything?
  • Are there any other comments you would like to make?

Please forward your feedback to and mark to the attention of Chris Hughes.

St Helens Recreation Ground Draft Concept Plan


Council has just drafted a Community Engagement Strategy.

This document outlines how and when Council will engage with the community and what this engagement might look like.

In order to make sure that this document meets the expectations of our community and is also understood by our community, we would like your feedback on the document.

To do this we have developed an online survey. If you are unable to take the survey online you can pop in to the office for a hardcopy or simply provide us with your thoughts via email:

Here is a copy of the draft Strategy for your review: Draft Community Engagement Strategy

Click here to take the survey.


Volunteering is the life-blood of a small community like ours and needs to be fostered and supported.

Council and Volunteering Tasmania have formed a community working group to explore volunteering in Break O’Day and how best to encourage, support and sustain volunteering into the future.

We will create a Volunteering Strategy for Break O’Day, based on what we discover together, and we need to hear from you.  Together, we have designed a survey to help you share your thoughts about volunteering with us.

You can take our survey by CLICKING HERE.

Or you can drop into the Council office to pick up a hard copy, or contact us and we can send you one.


How will the Strategy be developed

Council and our community working group members are being supported by Volunteering Tasmania to use a Co-design framework to develop the strategy.

Development of the strategy will involve investigating challenges and opportunities for volunteering in Break O’Day and making decisions about how to achieve a shared volunteering goal together as a group.

Once completed the Strategy will be owned and driven by the community with support from Council.



The co-design process allows all parties to have an equal voice in the development of the strategy and ensures a bottom up approach. Volunteering Tasmania defines the framework as:

“Co-design is a framework/model that engages people who are either impacted by or have direct experience with an issue alongside professionals/technical experts to design a solution.”

There are 5 stages in Volunteering Tasmania’s co-design framework.


  1. Planning We define the problem, surface/identify assumptions, identify stakeholders, shape the team and plan the work.
  2. Discovering We test the assumptions surfaced in phase 1 (Planning), involve others in the process, listen to what people have to say, observe and find out more.
  3. Sense-making We review the data that we have collected and accessed, find patterns and meaning, develop insights and shape ideas.
  4. Prototyping We design and run experiments, test our own assumptions and learn as we practice our work.
  5. Designing & Embedding We learn and adapt, design our work, processes and resources, work with people to create lasting change, evaluate what we have done and continue to learn and iterate.

Three other Tasmanian Councils have already developed their own Volunteering Strategies using this framework, Huon Valley, Clarence and Devonport. You can find these below as well as Volunteering Tasmania’s co-design framework toolkit.

Co-Design Toolkit





Have any other questions? Contact the Community Services Team on 6376 7900 or email


Break O’Day Council was successful in securing funding through the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery fund to build a new Multi-purpose Centre at the St Marys Recreation Ground.

Council has partnered with the Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House on this project which will involve the removal of the old Football clubrooms which, have reached the end of their life, and construction of a new, fit-for-purpose multi-user centre.

The current gym will be relocated from the Exhibition Building to the new facility. The vision for the Multi-User Centre is that it will be able to cater to the needs of all user groups, be equipped as a gym, and have flexibility and capacity to provide useable space for indoor recreation activities. It is a condition of our grant agreement that the facility is designed to be stood up as an evacuation centre in the event of an emergency such as a bushfire, flood or severe storm.

We worked with architects Edwards + Simpson to develop a concept plan which was used to secure the grant funding and can now help us develop our shared vision for the Centre.

Council is currently working with the User Groups of the St Marys Sports Complex on their feedback. Once this has been collated and incorporated in the plan, we will then open the project up to the community for feedback.

Please see a copy of the concept below:

A4_St Marys Multi-Purpose Centre


Making sure everyone can easily walk places and be active in their town is one of the best ways to stop people getting sick and help them to stay well. But without local knowledge, it can be hard to know which parts of a town make it easy or hard for people to be active and walk from place to place.

This project builds on work already done in three small rural towns in Tasmania.

In the project, people …

  • Noted parts of the town that made it easier or harder to be active and walk from place to place.
  • Took photos to show parts of their town that make it easier or harder to walk.
  • Came up with ideas to make their town more ‘walkable’.
  • Shared the information with other people and groups, including local councils, to bring about these changes.

See below brochure for more information

Citizen scientist brochure_St Helens

If you have more questions or are interested to participate in the project, please contact:

Jewels Stewart (Community Champion): 0400035938

Subhash Koirala:, 03 6324 3667

Or visit the website –

Development Info Sessions for Builders, Designers and Real Estate Agents

The Break O’Day Council Development Services Team are holding a series of information sessions on development in Break O’Day.

We will be putting on three sessions specifically designed for your industry:

Real Estate & Designers Session

Thursday 12 May from 4-6pm @ the Council Chambers

Topics include:

  • Update of upcoming Changes with State wide Planning Scheme
  • PlanBuild
  • Flow Charts Handout Discussion and Approval Processes
  • 337 Requests & Settlement Timeframes – Processes & FAQ’s
  • Search for House Plans Process  – Exercising due diligence
  • Completion of Old Files Issue
  • Weed Management and Liability
  • Q & A session


Thursday 19 May from 4-6pm @ the Council Chambers

Topics include:

  • High Level – State Wide Planning Scheme Update
  • Flow Charts Handout Discussion and Approval Processes
  • Search for House Plans Process  – Exercising due diligence
  • Handouts for Planning Approval Process – NPR’s, Permitted, Discretionary processes.
  • Handouts for Building Approval Process – CBOS – Low Risk, Notifiable, Permit work
  • Categorisation of Building Work – What does it mean
  • Categorisation of Plumbing Work – What does it mean
  • Building Disputes Resolution Act
  • Standard of Work Certificate (Building) only required – no other forms – all forms being phased out (Form 71B still required).
  • Building General & Q & A
  • Works hygiene practices


Back Up Session – for those who are unable to attend the sessions above

(Please send an email to if you would like to attend this session and which industry you are part of)

Thursday 26 May from 4-6pm @ the Council Chambers

We are looking for one community member to join the Bay of Fires Master Plan Committee.

The Bay of Fires Master Plan is a joint project between Parks & Wildlife Service and Break O’Day Council and we are establishing a steering committee of key stakeholders and some community representation to guide the process. We will be following a similar approach to what occurred with the Freycinet Master Plan. A draft Scope and Terms of Reference have been prepared as a starting point which the Committee will work through and adopt. Following this, a consultant will be engaged to undertake the project. We have secured some funding through PWS and Council will be making a contribution, we are also seeking funding support from the State Government.

If you would like to be a part of this important project please download a copy of the Expression of Interest form below and email it to or pick up a hard copy from our office at 32-34 Georges Bay Esplanade, St Helens.

Closing Date: Friday 26 November 2021

EOI Form – Bay of Fires Steering Committee

Understanding the effect of visitation on our economy

In order to understand the effect that the mountain bike trails are having on our business community, we send out a survey twice a year.

The survey allows us to then compile, collate and compare data.

This information is not just helpful to us in terms of understanding growth and gaps in the business community but we can also send individualised reports to businesses if requested.

If you are a business owner in Break O’Day we would encourage you to take part in this survey.

To take the current Survey Please CLICK HERE

Find the collated data reports below:

Business-Data-Survey-collation-Summer 2021

Business Data Survey – collation AUG 2020 

Business Data Survey – collation 2020

June – August 2020 – Survey Results

Business Data Survey – collation- AUG 2019