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Community Events

Join Council officers later in July at one of 11 locations around the municipality for our Park, Snack and Chat – Community Care Calls.
The idea of these drop-ins is to checkin with our community and to see how you have been going through the pandemic. While the chats are informal, we will have a couple of questions for you which are all about  us understanding how you are feeling, what your challenges were during COVID-19 and what we could do to help.
We will also ask you what your idea of a thriving community looks like. Your answers to these questions are really important and will help us identify
gaps and needs in our community and understand what your vision for our community is both the short and longterm… also there will be FREE food!
We will be promoting these sessions and times through Facebook, the website, community notice board as well as on StarFM so keep an eye and
an ear out. We hope to see you all there and look forward to hearing your stories. More detail below or download individual township posters here:




General advice from the Australian Government around events and Covoid-19

General Population – Indoor Gatherings

As part of our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, the National Cabinet has accepted further restrictions on gatherings.

The National Cabinet has accepted the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advice that non-essential indoor gatherings of greater than 100 people (including staff) will no longer be permitted from Wednesday 18 March 2020.

  • An indoor gathering refers to a gathering within a single enclosed area (i.e. an area, room or premises that is or are substantially enclosed by a roof and walls, regardless of whether the roof or walls or any part of them are permanent, temporary, open or closed).
  • This does not apply to essential activities such as public transportation facilities, medical and health care facilities, pharmacies, emergency service facilities, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody, courts or tribunals, Parliaments, food markets, supermarkets and grocery stores, shopping centres, office buildings, factories, construction sites, and mining sites, where it is necessary for their normal operation (although other social distancing and hygiene practices may be required in these settings).

The states and territories will give further consideration to practical guidance and rules for non-essential indoor gatherings of fewer than 100 people (including staff) such as cinemas, theatres, restaurants/cafes, pubs, clubs, weddings and funerals. This will be considered at the next National Cabinet meeting on Friday 20 March 2020. In the meantime these venues should continue to apply social distancing and hygiene practices.

  • This includes being able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres between patrons.
  • Hand hygiene products and suitable waste receptacles need to be available, with frequent cleaning and waste disposal.

This may require significant changes to the operation of some venues, such as reducing the maximum capacity or increasing the space available.

Settings like gyms, indoor fitness centres and swimming pools are not required to close at this time providing they meet these requirements for social distancing and hand hygiene. Such venues should take actions to ensure regular high standards of environmental cleaning take place.

COVID-19 – Use of Council Facilities

 Facility Hirers – already booked and holding the events

Given the current situation of COVID-19 and the risk of spreading the virus locally, we ask that you consider if your event or hall booking can wait until a later date. If your event is to proceed, then particular attention needs to be given to personal hygiene measures like providing easy access to hand sanitiser.



Facility Hirers – not yet booked

 Given the current situation of COVID-19 and the risk of spreading the virus locally, we ask that you consider if your event or hall booking can wait until a later date and review personal hygiene measures like providing easy access to hand sanitiser.


Sporting Clubs – Using Council facilities

At this stage, we ask that you adhere to the advice of your State or National sporting body in regards to training and playing organised sport within a Council facility.


*The recommendations around the virus are changing on a day-to-day basis, bearing this in mind, Council will reserve the right to cancel events on or in our facilities if we feel there is a risk to the greater community.

December to January

Saturday, 14 December

Carols by Candlelight, St Helens 

Wednesday, 18 December

Van Diemens Band Presents Christmas in St Helens

Back by popular demand Van Diemen’s Band takes a whole new ‘VDB Christmas’ on the road again this year. Artistic Director, Julia Fredersdorff has put together a large 17th Century band featuring weird and wonderful instruments of the renaissance. The concerts will once again feature the Tasmanian Youth Chorale as well as soloists, Soprano Helen Thomson & Bass-baritone Thomas Flint. Join us for a family-friendly musical Christmas celebration featuring music written for Christmas, as well as some well known carols for all to sing.

For Event Details:



Saturday, 21 December

St Helens Volunteer Fire Brigade Lolly Run


Sunday, 22 December

Fingal Christmas Parade 

State Growth Approved Traffic Impact Assessment for Partial Road Closure – Fingal Christmas Parade 2019



Tuesday, 24 December

St Marys Christmas Eve Celebrations



Tuesday, 24 December

St Helens Christmas Parade

State Growth Approved Traffic Impact Assessment for Partial Road Closure – Lions Club of St Helens Christmas Parade 2019







Wednesday, 1 January

New Years Day St Marys Races

A great day of harness racing to bring in the new year with a strong sense of community involvement that families can come along to an enjoy the experience of harness racing with a history of 134 years of new years day racing celebrations at the St Marys Recreation Ground, from 12:00pm.


Saturday, 4 January

St Helens Shark Fishing Competition 


Sunday, 12 January – Sunday, 19 January

91st Stonehaven Cup – Details on their facebook page




Saturday, 18 January

St Helens Athletics Carnival 



Saturday, 25 January

Wheels, Wine & Dine 2020

Sunday, 26 January

Australia Day Celebrations 




Sunday, 26 January

BREATHE Pink Floyd Concert in the Portland Hall

For more information:





Break O’Day Community Triathlon Weekend 8th and 9th February 2020


Saturday 8 February 2020 – Bridge Esplanade, Scamander



9.00 a.m. Trystar races 7-9 year olds and 10-12 year old races

10.00 a.m. 5km Fun Run

10.45 a.m. approx. Craig Mottram speaking for 15 mins about elite running training



Sunday 9 February 2020 – St Helens Wharf




9.00 a.m. Junior Enticer Triathlon (350/10/2.5)

9.30 a.m. Adult Enticer Triathlon (350/10/2.5)

10.00 a.m. Sprint Triathlon (750/20/5)



• Over $7000 worth of prizes/prize money
• Craig Mottram supporting all events
• Cavaliers Netball Club participating both days
• Very affordable registration costs
• Free Massage for competitors on Sunday
• Great visitor and local participation
• Over 60 volunteers supporting events
• Closed roads
• Beautiful environment




SATURDAY – Road Closure Advice, Scamander

Bridge Esplanade, Scamander will be closed from the Tasman Highway to the main boat ramp 8.00a.m.-11.30 a.m.

The bottom of Silver Street to the boat ramp will be under SES control, as a Junior Triathlon will be taking place.

Fun Run – 10.00a.m.-11 a.m – Scamander residents North of the Scamander Bridge to the Shell Service Station and up Coach Road, please be aware of runners and drive with care.


SUNDAY – Road Closure Advice 

Notice to public

With regard to the bike leg, beginning on the foreshore near the Blue Shed and riding to just past Oyster Lease 65 the ROAD WILL BE CLOSED to all traffic except for SES and Emergency vehicles between the hours of 8.00 a.m. to approximately 12.30pm.

If travelling in the area please do so before 8.00 a.m. or after the race is finished. You will be able to see gear being packed up. Hopefully the bike leg will be completed early ie by 12.00 pm.

In the event of an emergency at your residence please contact the normal authorities as they will have right of way re. travel, inform us and we will delay/restrict the event as needed.

Access to and from St Helens for Binalong Bay residents will be via Reid’s Road during this time.


Georges Bay Multi-user track closure

To ensure safety of competitors and the general public, we will be closing the George’s Bay Multi-user Track from the Slip way at the bottom of Lawry Heights to Lions Park for this year’s Break O’Day Community Triathlon on Sunday 9 February from 9am – 12 noon.

Every year this event is growing in popularity and this year organisers are proud to host four time Olympian Craig Mottram!

For more information, please contact Barry Lefevre on 0477 095 778


Break O’Day Chamber of Commerce and Tourism first meeting for 2020.

You are invited to join us at our first Business Break O’Day meeting for 2020.

Come and enjoy this great Networking Opportunity with fellow business owners .

You are invited to join us at our first Business Break O’Day meeting for 2020.

Come and enjoy this great Networking Opportunity with fellow business owners .

When:  Tuesday 18th February at 6.00 pm

Where: Tidal Waters Quail Street St Helens

Special Guest:   Donna Stanley Acting Manager, Regional North, Parks & Wildlife.

Donna has been with Parks and Wildlife for about 23 years. Her substantive role is a parks and reserves manager for the northeast coast. There are so many different aspects to parks and wildlife – it’s so diverse. Every part of our state is special and unique, and governed by different values, management plans, stakeholder interests. Wherever you go in parks, if it’s regionally based, you can have a completely different work experience. Conservation is just one component of what we do. There are also so many opportunities for community engagement. You’re continually learning, there’s always something new.

Hope to see you there

Saturday, 6 March

International Women’s Day Luncheon 




Saturday, 7 and Sunday, 8 March

St Helens Game Fishing Competition – Details TBA




Saturday, 14 March

Fingal Valley Festival 

CANCELLED – Thursday, 26 March – Sunday, 29 March


Advice from Event Director, Louise Foulkes

“Dragon Trail 2020 Event Cancellation

I’m profoundly disappointed to be making this announcement to you.

The current global circumstances are unprecedented and we simply and sadly can’t see a way to be both socially responsible and host the Dragon Trail event next week. As such we will be canceling the Dragon Trail 2020 event.

Like myself, I’m sure you are witnessing the COVID-19 Virus pandemic unfolding on the world stage. Events are one of the industries at the forefront of the community impacts brought about by the virus and efforts to reduce the speed of it spreading. No doubt you are also seeing the steady stream of event cancellations or postponements (over 10,000 events in Australia as of today’s news).

The entire organising team, local community, race partners, sponsors and volunteers are still committed to the vision of delivering to you the best mountain bike event in the world. We will now focus all our efforts on planning and delivering Dragon Trail 2021 in March next year from 17-21 March.

All Dragon Trail 2020 entries and extras are automatically valid for the 2021 event. If this date isn’t suitable for you, we are more than happy to credit your entry and extras to the Dragon Trail event in 2022.

Please allow us your patience over the next few weeks while we make all these arrangements.”


POSTPONED – Saturday, 25 April