Our Environment

Natural Resource Management

Break O’Day’s natural environment and the natural resources it provides are important to our community and our future. Council’s Strategic Plan 2017-2027 includes a goal for the Environment: To balance our use of the natural environment to ensure that it is available for future generations to enjoy as we do.

Council has a Natural Resource Management (NRM) Facilitator and a Natural Resource Management Committee.

The NRM Facilitator supports the community, landholders and Council in managing the area’s biodiversity, land, soil, water and coastal values and invasive species.  The NRM Facilitator is a Council funded role located at the main Council office in St Helens.  They also support the NRM  Committee, a Special Committee of Council.

Council’s NRM Committee is made up of

  • Three Councillors
  • Two individual or local interest group representatives
  • One local conservation interest representative
  • One aboriginal community representative
  • Two representatives from the agricultural sector
  • One representative from Parks and Wildlife Service
  • One representative from Sustainable Timber Tasmania, and
  • One representative from the marine and aquaculture sector

The Terms and Reference of this group is;

  • To promote the protection, effective management and sustainable use of Break O’Day’s Municipality’s natural resources, including flora and fauna, coastal marine assets, soils, water and atmosphere, through implementation of the Break O’Day NRM Strategy.
  • To evaluate progress towards objectives of the Break O’Day NRM Strategy
  • To contribute to the implementation and review of NRM North’s Regional NRM Strategy and Investment Proposals
  • To provide support and advice to Council on issues referred to in the Special Committee by Council.
  • To bring before Council significant matters relating to management of natural resources which require attention and/or are not incorporated in the Break O’Day NRM Strategy
  • To represent the views of the Break O’Day community or sections of the community as they relate to social, economic and environmental implications of natural resource management activities.


Council is reviewing and updating its NRM plans for the future to identify priorities for the whole community and Break O’Day to achieve its Strategic Plan 2017-2027.   The NRM Committee has reviewed the earlier Break O’Day NRM Strategy 2012 and drafted new plans for the future based on Council’s Strategic Plan 2017-2027.  You can find out more about these NRM plans on our Community Consultation page.

For more information contact our NRM Facilitator at the main Council office in St Helens.