Find out more about what is happening around Break O’Day and how you can join in here on our community pages.
You can also:
Check the noticeboards
Find them throughout our community in places like supermarkets, the libraries, post offices, local halls and community buildings and the Neighbourhood Houses. There is a community noticeboard at the entrance to the Bay of Fires IGA Supermarket too, more details about that below.
Visit a Neighbourhood House
We are lucky in Break O’Day to have two wonderful Neighbourhood Houses. Drop in and say hello 🙂
“Tasmania’s Neighbourhood Houses are the warm and generous heart of their communities”
20 Talbot Street, FINGAL
25 Circassian Street ST HELENS
Follow local Facebook pages
- Break O’Day Council www.facebook.com/BODCTas
- Break O’Day Community Wellbeing Project www.facebook.com/groups/1871662273003112/
and many more marketplace and community Facebook groups.
Look for local Facebook pages and groups using the name of your Township or Break O’Day. There are too many to list here because there are so many fabulous groups to connect with!
Find a list of local community groups and more community information below too!
- Community Groups
- Learner Driver Mentor Program (Get in2 Gear)
- Emergency Relief Organisations
- Mental Health Directory
- Community Notice Boards
- Community Bushfire Protection Plans
- Street Furniture Sponsorship _information Pack
There are many volunteer led community groups in our community holding activities, creating opportunities and supporting people.
Find them here Community Groups
Thank you to everyone who gives their time and skills to create and support these opportunities in our community.
We try to keep this list up to date – we rely on community groups keeping us informed of any changes.
Are your contact details up to date? We want to help people connect with you. When you have 2 spare minutes, please complete the form below. We will include your details on our community group list available on our website. You can choose to have your details kept private for council staff only if you wish.
Please use this form to provide your details: Community Group – Contact Details – fillable
Only one form per group please. Return your form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call 6376 7900 if you need a hard copy.
If you are a community group and you are looking for funding for a specific project our Community Group Grants are usually open for applications at the end of the calendar year so keep an eye on this page for the application forms. We will also promote this in our newsletters and Facebook page.
If you would like some information on affordable insurance for your community group, please click here.
Looking to volunteer?
Volunteers are an integral part of our community and without them many things would not be possible, from events to community led initiatives.
If you would like to be a part of our vibrant volunteer community, see more information on our volunteering page here.
Child and youth organisations, groups and activities in Break O’Day.
Building Blocks 6374 2344
A free early learning and parenting support program in North East Tasmania for families and children (0-8 years). Hosted by Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House.
Child and Family Learning Centre 6376 7172
1 Groom Street St Helens
St Marys Child Care Centre 6372 2187
Gardiners Creek Rd St Marys
Poss-M-agic – Day Care Centre 6376 1645
10 Groom Street St Helens
Meet at St Helens Neighbourhood House in the Bungalow on Wednesday afternoons. 3:15pm
25 Circassian Street St Helens
Youth Connect North East Coast Tasmania (YCNECT)
YCNECT is a community-based, non-profit organisation that provides activities for young people in Break O’Day.
Youth Live4Life is a registered health promotion charity, bringing together rural and regional communities to improve youth mental health and wellbeing.
STEM for Girls Club
Meet every alternate Saturday at St Helens Online Access Centre 10-11:30am.
Skittles LGBTQIA+ Youth Group
12-16 years. Meets fortnightly on Thursdays at St Helens Neighbourhood House (Bungalow) 3-4:30pm
Supporting people who are having difficulty getting their driver’s licence.
We know sometimes it is hard getting access to a vehicle, or to someone willing and able to help you get your driving hours up.
The program is coordinated by us and is only possible with the generosity of our volunteer mentors who guide our learner drivers through the road rules, driver safety, and help our Learners achieve their 80 on-road hours until they are confident enough to go for their driving test.
If you would like to be a part of this program, as either a mentor or a learner driver, please use the links below to check your eligibility and apply.
Call our office on 6376 7900 and we can guide you through the process.
Emergency Relief organisations provide services directly to regional communities.
It is not necessary to travel into Launceston for support.
Please contact these organisations for advice and assistance.
|Launceston City Mission
(03) 6335 3000
|Launceston Benevolent Society
(03) 6344 4213
|The Salvation Army Tasmania
(03) 6323 7500
|St Vincent De Paul Society
(03) 6326 5551
1800 243 232
56 Cecelia St, St Helens
|CatholicCare Victoria Tasmania
1800 819 447 or (03) 6332 0600
|Financial Counselling Support
If you or someone you know requires financial counselling support:
|National Debt Helpline
1800 007 007
1800 858 858
1800 243 232
1800 800 588
A one-stop shop for all your housing and support needs.
Helplines & Information
|In all emergencies call the Police 000 line
Tasmanian Government Family Violence Response and Referral Line
1800 633 937
1800 737 732
1300 78 99 78
|A Tasmanian Lifeline
1800 98 44 email@example.com Lifeline
1800 551 800www.kidshelpline.com.auBeyond Blue
1800 512 348www.beyondblue.org.au
1800 422 737
If you or someone you know is a carer
|Disability Information Helpline
1800 643 787
If you or someone you know has a disability
|Older Australians and Carers COVID-19 Support Line
1800 171 866
Older people and their carers are encouraged to call
|Tasmania Public Health Hotline
1800 671 738
For the latest information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tasmania
|Find Help Tas
A central online directory of community services across Tasmania.
Supported by TasCOSS and member organisations
|National Coronavirus Helpline
1800 020 080
Information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and help with the COVIDSafe app
24 hours a day, seven days a week
Compiled by St Helens and Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House.
Any updates changes or queries should be directed to:
Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House
20 Talbot Street, Fingal 7214
Monday to Friday – 9am to 3pm
Phone: (03) 6374 2344
Remember you can also email an image of your Community events posters to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can add them to the Community Events page of our website too!
There is a community noticeboard at St Marys on the Town Hall on Main Street St Marys.
The Break O’Day Community Noticeboard is located in St Helens between the Bay of Fires IGA and the courtyard in front of Coffee Away.
This notice board is managed by Marika at Coffee Away.
All material must be submitted to Marika for review before being placed on the board. Community Groups and individuals using the St Helens noticeboard must ensure all material fits within the guidelines below (which are also a helpful guide for all community notices).
1. Advertising for private items and garage sales is permitted but limited to A5 in size.
2. Material of a political nature will not be allowed.
3. Information must be of interest to the Break O’Day community
4. Material must not be offensive or derogatory to any groups, individuals or other
5. Material containing offensive language will not be allowed
6. Information must contain a contact number or email address for more information
7. Material will be dated by Marika and removed after 4 weeks or when event/other has finished
8. Council will audit the Community Noticeboard and reserves the right to remove or refuse material at their discretion.
Thanks for your co-operation.
There are more noticeboards for community information in lots of places across Break O’Day:
- St Helens Library
- St Marys Library
- St Helens Neighbourhood House
- Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House
- Supa IGA St Helens
- Hillys IGA St Helens
- IGA St Marys
- St Marys Post Office
- Falmouth Community Centre
- and some local businesses
Below are links to the Tasmanian Fire Services Bushfire Protection Plans.
Through the Sponsorship Program, you are supporting the costs of purchasing and maintaining the picnic table or seat.
As a sponsor, you may choose to contribute a donation for either a picnic table or bench seat to celebrate events such as a birth or a wedding anniversary. Alternatively, you may wish to pay tribute to a loved one who was either born or has lived here at some stage.
The Sponsorship Program offers a unique opportunity for community and Break O’Day Council to co-contribute to a community asset. For more information see the information pack below.