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Now Open – Australia Day Award Nominations 2020

The Break O’Day Council Australia Day Awards recognise the achievements of individuals that make a real and positive difference in the community, and help to inspire others.

There are countless community members doing remarkable work every day. The Australian of the Year Awards are an important recognition of those who are making extraordinary contributions in our area.

You can nominate anyone who inspires you, is working towards change or who you believe makes Break O’Day, Tasmania and Australia a better place to live.

The award categories include:

Australia Day Citizen of the Year
Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year
To be eligible, the person you are nominating for Citizen of the Year, must be 27 years or older on or before 26th January 2020.

To be eligible, the person you are nominating for Young Citizen of the Year, must be under 27 years of age, on or before 26th January 2020.

Australia Day Awards Nomination Form 2020

We would like to invite all Break O’Day Businesses (and any one else interested) to join us for four Business Information Sessions.

The aim of these sessions is to provide businesses with information to help them gear up for mountain bike visitation, or any visitors for that matter.

We will provide more information on each session as it comes up. See below for the poster for the next session.

Trail Ambassador Program

We have developed a Trail Ambassador program for those that would like to be a financial partner of the St Helens Mountain Bike Trails. The program is a tiered sponsorship model with all finds raised going back to the maintenance and development of the mountain bike trails.
If this is something that you are interested in check out the Trails Ambassador Program Prospectus.

EFTPOS Donation Machines

We are looking for select businesses to host EFTPOS donation machines.

These machines will be provided at no cost to businesses and will be set up to take donations towards the maintenance and development of the St Helens Mountain Bike Trails.

You can find more information about the program and how you can get involved here, EFTPOS Donation Machine

Join the St Helens MTB mailing list by registering on the website.

Barmah Forest Virus – East Coast Tasmania

Tasmanians living on or planning to visit the East Coast are reminded to protect themselves against mosquitoes following further cases of Barmah Forest virus.

There have now been five confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease, with a further two cases being investigated.

These cases represent the first time we have been able to confirm the virus has been contracted in Tasmania.

Many people will not get any symptoms; those who do may have joint pain and swelling, tiredness, rash (usually on the trunk or limbs), headaches, muscle pain, fever and chills.

Symptoms usually start about seven to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Most people recover completely in a few weeks. It is diagnosed with a blood test. There is no specific treatment available so prevention is important.

Preventing insect bites will also protect against other mosquito-borne diseases, such as Ross River virus, and tick-borne diseases, such as Flinders Island spotted fever.

To protect against mosquitoes and ticks:

  • ​Avoid mosquito-infested areas, where possible.
  • ​Cover-up with a loose-fitting long sleeved shirt and long pants when outside.
  • ​Put mosquito repellent containing either DEET or picaridin on exposed skin.
  • ​Take special care during peak mosquito biting hours, especially around dawn and dusk, and when outdoors or camping.
  • ​Remove potential mosquito breeding sites from around the home and screen windows and doors.

If you think you may have symptoms of Barmah Forest virus see your GP. For further information call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

For more information check out the fact sheet here.


Dragon Trail MTB – 26 – 28 March 2020

GEOCENTRIC Outdoors (that also held XPD here in 2018) is holding a three (3) day mountain biking endurance event 26-29 March 2020.

Riders will be on their bike for 3 to 6 hours each day. It is a cross country event on blue and green trails making it accessible to all levels of rider.

The event is a three (3) day staged endurance race that will start from Branxholm on day 1 and travel 45km throughout the Derby trails, ending in Weldborough, where they will camp overnight. Day 2 they will get to enjoy the beauty of the Poimena trail, ending on Swimcart Beach. They will camp overnight at the Bendigo Bank Community Stadium, gearing up for day 3, the St Helens trails.

The event organiser’s aim for the first year was to reach the target of 100 riders, with 60% coming from the mainland, 20% Tasmanian and 20% International.

As of 23 May 2019 the registrations were at 112 fully paid.  The event has exceeded first year targets with being live on social media for 23 days.

The event will be supported by the organisers with the option of airport transfers, food and tented accommodation for registered participants.

The target market for the Dragon Trail event is women 40 years and older, as it is the current target market for Mountain Biking Australia (MBA).  Those competing are also supported by their family members who will need to source accommodation for the event locally.

Please see below for some statistical percentages for registration’s paid:


Makeup of homeland locations

66% are Interstate

12% Overseas (Japan, New Zealand and Singapore)

22% are Tasmanian


Age Ranges

45.3% – 40-49yrs

22.6% – 50-59yrs

15.1% – 30-39yrs

9.4% – 60+yrs

3.8% – 23-29yrs

3.8% – Under 23yrs



45% Women

         55% Men


GEOCENTRIC Outdoors has committed to also pay per user for the event at $20 per head for any participants over the first 100 on the St Helens Trail Network. To be negotiated further once fees have been considered for trail usage.

For more information on the Dragon Trail MTB event, please click here.

To keep up to date and follow the event on facebook, please click here.


Get In2 Gear Mentor Stephen is making a difference to the lives of our disadvantaged!

Click on the following link to read about Stephen’s experiences as a Learner Driver Mentor, why he volunteers his time and the outcomes he is helping the learners achieve.

Stephen is Making a Difference to the lives of our Disadvantaged

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

Download a copy of our 2019- 2020 Rates Newsletter here. Rates Newsletter