Natural resource management (NRM) is about the way in which people and natural landscapes interact.

The term ‘natural resources’ refers to a broad spectrum of our ‘environmental assets’. These include air, water, land, plants, animals and micro-organisms. Individual assets are not isolated, however: they are linked together to form natural systems of varying scale such as rivers, lakes and wetlands, estuaries and coasts, forests, fields, geological systems and resources, and mountains.

Natural resource management reflects these linkages within and between natural systems. It integrates the management of social, economic and environmental values by involving the community and industry in planning and decision making.

The Glamorgan Spring Bay Natural Resource Management (NRM) Committee is a Special Committee of the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council. The Committee provides a means of exchanging information about, participates in and progresses NRM initiatives involving the community (via the committee), stakeholders and Council. The Committee facilitates the formation of positive community, government, business and industry partnerships for the purposes of attracting resources for NRM activities within the municipal area.

Glamorgan Spring Bay NRM Committee Terms Of Reference

Committee Minutes

NRMC Minutes No 50- 11th May 2016

NRMC Minutes No 49 – 11th November 2015

NRMC Minutes No 48 – 12th August 2015

NRMC Minutes No 47 – 13th May 2015

NRMC Minutes No 46 – 11th February 2015

Catchments to Coast is a program of the Glamorgan Spring Bay Natural Resource Management Committee with implementation currently possible due to a co funding arrangement between Council and NRM South.

Catchments to Coast is a long term program that partners with many stakeholders to get things done on the ground broadly in line with the following Catchment Management Plans:

Swan Apsley Catchment Plan 2013

Little Swanport Catchment Plan 2010 2015

Draft Prosser Catchment Management Plan 2002

Highlights are featured in the attached newsletters:

Catchments to Coast newsletters

Catchments to Coast Newsletter July 2009

Catchments to Coast Newsletter February 2010

Catchments to Coast Newsletter December 2010

Catchments to Coast Newsletter July 2011

Catchments to Coast Newsletter January 2013

Catchments to Coast Newsletter July 2014

Native Flora & Fauna Management Plans 2014 – 2019

In October 2014 the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council endorsed Native Flora and Fauna Management Plans for all the public reserves leased, licensed (from the Crown) and owned by Council. The intent of the Plans is to provide Council with a strategic approach to the sustainable management of the Reserves to both protect natural values whilst enhancing the associated economic and social values.

Flora and fauna management plans


Coles Bay





Developments In Areas With Native Vegetation

For more information on what is required if you are proposing clearing any native vegetation for development please refer to the attached Guidelines.

Guidelines For Development In Areas Containing Native Vegetation

Contact the Natural Resource Management Department for more information: 03 6256 4777

Fire Management Plans

Coles Bay Fire Management Plan

There is no universally agreed definition on what sustainability means.

However most definitions include reference to three key principles:

  • environmental sustainability
  • economic sustainability
  • social sustainability

In other words a sustainable future is one in which a healthy environment, economic prosperity and social justice are pursued simultaneously to ensure the well-being and quality of life of present and future generations.

Glamorgan Spring Bay Council can assist individuals and communities with information and education relating to local sustainability issues such as waste management, recycling, composting, energy efficiency, climate change and local food production.

A Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT) is available to borrow free of charge to assist residents with monitoring their home energy use.

Recycling and waste reduction education projects are regularly held in schools throughout the municipality.

Recycling and waste management information for residents and visitors is available  here.

Weeds are among the most serious threats to Tasmania’s primary production and natural environment. They reduce farm and forest productivity, displace and degrade native species and communities, and contribute significantly to land and water degradation.

The effects of weeds may be direct, such as:

• the loss of agricultural production as a result of weed competition with crops

• the time spent by home owners removing weeds from their gardens

• the loss of conservation values when native bushland is replaced by weeds

or indirect, for example:

• the higher price of food due to increased production costs caused by weeds

• off-site contamination of water from herbicide application

• increased severity of bushfires due to flammable weeds (DPIW website 2007).

In GSBC many of our current weed problems come from plants that were deliberately introduced to the area for a variety of reasons. A classic example is gorse which was deliberately planted for hedgerows and stock fodder. Our future weeds may be some of the plants that we are currently planting in our gardens which may become ‘garden escapees’. An example is Gazanias which are already rapidly naturalizing along the coast.

A long spread out Municipality such as GSB has many challenges with weed management due to a diverse population with different understandings of what the issues are and different capacities to manage existing and emerging problem weeds.

The Glamorgan Spring Bay Weed Management Plan provides a strategic approach to addressing these complex issues.


Glamorgan Spring Bay Weed Management Plan 2015-2020

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Weed Management

Department Of Environment National Weed List


The 10 minute tracks runs alongside the Orford Rivulet and gives walkers easy access through the Reserve.  We are excited to now have a species list for the Orford Rivulet along with a brochure on the Orford Rivulet Reserve, enabling residents and tourist to fully appreciate this area.  Please open the pdf files below and take a look.

‘Many thanks to the Orford Community Group for all their work at this reserve’


The Glamorgan Spring Bay Council in partnership with the Dolphin Sands Ratepayers Association (DSRA) has developed an information sheet about the Coast Wattle growing extensively at Dolphin Sands. The brochure has been reviewed and approved by the Tasmanian Fire Service and it is hoped is the first in a series of ‘Biodiversity Fact Sheets’ the municipality.

Native Plants of Glamorgan Spring Bay





Shorebird Status Report 2013

Glamorgan Spring Bay Shorebird Awareness Poster

Invasive species



Orford Rivulet Reserve Brochure 2012



Moulting Lagoon Ramsar Site Brochure

Melanie Kelly

Natural Resources Manager

Phone: 03 6256 4741

Mobile: 0407 565 225



Terry Higgs

Catchments to Coast Coordinator

A co-funded position with NRM South

Phone: 03 6256 4775

Mobile: 0400 715 722



Dr Nicky Meeson

Biodiversity Officer

Phone: 03 6256 4739



Cynthia Maxwell-Smith

Sustainability Officer

Phone: 03 6256 4729



Rosie Jackson

Administration & Communications  Officer

Phone: 03 6256 4728



Amanda Brooks

On-Ground Works Officer

Mobile: 0488 573 175



Jarrod Maclaine

On-Ground Works Officer

Mobile: 0488 577 878