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.

Review of the Draft Prosser Catchment Plan

The first and only version of the Prosser Catchment Plan was compiled in 2002, although it has remained in ‘draft’ format since then. This 2002 version brought together all previous work and collective knowledge within the community (from local, state and federal governments, community and business groups, private landholders and individuals) at that time. Much of the information in the 2002 Catchment Plan is still relevant today but many aspects of it require updating to reflect new knowledge, physical changes within the Catchment as well as changes in policies and legislation.

Review of the Prosser Catchment Plan

Draft Prosser Catchment Plan 2002


Catchments to Coast

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 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


Fire Management Plans

Coles Bay Fire Management Plan


Parks and Wildlife Service Penguin Viewing Guidelines in English

Parks and Wildlife Service Penguin Viewing Guidelines in Chinese

Guidelines for Works in, and Management of, Little Penguin Habitat

Tasmanian Devil

Save the Tasmanian Devil Roadkill Project FAQ

Map of roadkilled devils in Glamorgan Spring Bay


Shorebird values at Bagot Point – Dolphin Sands

Shorebird values at the Meredith River – Swansea

Resident and migratory shorebirds of the Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve Ramsar site

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.



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





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

Review of NRM Resources

Review of NRM Resources – July 2020