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Road surface maintenance on St Marys Pass from 6:00 pm to 2.00 am from 12 April to 16 April 2021

The Tasmanian Government is funding essential maintenance work on a section of St Marys Pass.

The Department of State Growth will carry out the night work, which includes repairs, the removal and replacement of the existing road surface. St Marys Pass Road will be temporarily closed during working hours. This is essential maintenance work to improve and strengthen the condition of the road surface.


Night works will commence at 6:00 pm each night and continue until 2:00 am the next day and have been scheduled to minimise inconvenience to the travelling public on this busy road.


The road will be closed at the top of St Marys Pass and the bottom of the Pass, Local residents will be able to access their properties, however delays are to be expected.


How will the work affect you?

The works involve the use of machinery which generates some noise. We will make every effort to minimise noise by completing noisier activities earlier in the night and turning off machinery and vehicles when not in use.


Traffic changes

There will be some temporary traffic changes to ensure workers and road users are safe. Lane closures and a reduced speed limit will be in place during work hours and may affect travel times. Motorists should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time during this work. Please keep to speed limits and follow the directions of traffic controllers and signs



If you have any questions, please contact our Road Network Supervisor NE, Judd Bentley, on (03) 6777 1941 or

For more information on our projects, visit

Thank you for your patience during this important work.


Written by Karen Palmer, 10 April 2021

PhD Student, Climate Futures, School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences, University of Tasmania

I am a PhD student at the University of Tasmania, and I am fascinated by the movement of tides within coastal bays and estuaries. Recently my small team of researchers visited St Helens to install instruments to study water currents and water levels within Georges Bay. The aim of the research is to better understand the different factors that influence water levels from day to day and month to month.

The trip could not have come at a better time. We managed to deploy instruments right before the March 25th rainfall event, capturing an insight into how water level in between the land and sea responds when there are multiple factors in play.

This nationally significant weather event brought a large drop in atmospheric pressure, there were sustained strong winds which then switched direction. There was intense rainfall in the Georges Bay catchment area, and there was large swell and approaching spring tides at the ocean boundary. All of these factors contribute to the peak water level observed both within the coastal lagoon and further up the tributary rivers.

In addition to instruments deployed for a few days during our trip, tide gauges were installed in several locations in Georges Bay which will monitor water levels for up to 12 months. Supported by the Tasmanian SES, the tide gauges will provide the first scientific quality water levels recorded simultaneously at multiple sites and help to improve SES flood modelling for the area. Flooding, as readers will know, regularly affects the low-lying river delta between St Helens and Binalong Bay causing road closures, property damage, and water quality issues.

Georges Bay is naturally a dynamic environment and like many estuaries worldwide, modified to facilitate safer shipping and by farming and resource extraction in the floodplain and catchment. Without monitoring the effects of modifications and environmental changes – especially climate change, it is difficult to anticipate the exposure of social, environmental, and economic values in the region to changing threats.

I hope that my research will not only help to improve future flood forecasting and planning, but also provide valuable local information for maritime safety, recreational water users, and environmental management. I am delighted to work alongside the dedicated team at SES, to hear the experience of local experts, and to spend time in such an extraordinarily beautiful place as Georges Bay.

To those who came to say hello and ask what we were doing, thank you for your interest. I look forward to sharing the outcomes of this research with the Break O’ Day community.

Project supported by Tasmanian SES, Commonwealth PhD Scholarship, and Assoc Prof Hannah Power from the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle.

Images from top to bottom:  Assoc Prof Hannah Power and project leader Karen Palmer setting up short term instruments at Parkside jetty (Photo: HN). Centre – Hannah Power and fieldwork assistant Haleh Nampak checking equipment at Dora Point in the rain (Photo: KP). Right – Karen Palmer measuring the height of a water level instrument (Photo HN).

The Community Funding Program provides grants to communities to improve facilities/programs in their township or to improve the overall amenity of their town. All community groups that represent the ratepayers of their community are eligible to apply for funding.

Projects that will be considered for funding but not necessarily restricted to:
• Beautification projects
• Projects to improve or construct recreation facilities
• Projects that will improve the amenity of the township/community

Community Funding Grant Application form 2020-2021 FINAL

For more information or to apply for funding, please download the form below and return it by either dropping it into the main office at 32-34 Georges Bay Esplanade, St Helens, or email


UPDATED 8 March 2021

Works were on hold over the Easter Break so there were no disruptions to Easter Holiday traffic.

Works on the new Scamander Bridge will commence on Monday, 12 April and continue for approximately 3 weeks on the East side of the bridge.

Once the East side of the bridge is complete, the bridge demolition will begin, working concurrently with the west side handrail installation on the new bridge.

The Demolition is anticipated to take 2 months, with an end date of works to be mid July.

Frequently Asked Questions – Scamander River Bridge

Did you know that Break O’Day Council has developed Kindness Cards?

We’d like to give our community a simple way to connect with neighbours and strengthen social connections in our area so we have developed Kindness Cards.

These can be used by anyone anytime and are a way to offer your support to those in our community that might be struggling at the moment.

Perhaps you know someone in your street who you think could do with some help but you are unsure how to approach them. The Kindness cards give you a way to offer help and support in a way that is subtle. All you have do to do is fill in one of the cards and place it in their letter box.

This is not something new, kindness cards have been used all over Australia with great success and many users of the cards have reported that the cards helped build lasting friendships and ease feelings of isolation.

Kindness benefits both the receiver and the giver and has been shown to improve physical and mental health outcomes for all involved, it’s like a smile, a little bit of kindness can go a long way.

If you would like to send some Kindness Cards you can collect them during business hours from the main Council Office at 32-34 Georges Bay Esplanade, St Helens.

Kindness Cards Flyer      Kindness Cards FAQ   

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.

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