MissionThe North East Bioregional Network (NEBN) supports a consistent ecologically based approach to nature conservation.

More Reports

Ecology & Economy. Finding the Balance: Presentation and Notes from our well attended Mountain Bike Forum held on Saturday 15th July 2017

Report on Reform of Conservation Covenants This report considers whether current laws provide adequate security for the natural and cultural values protected by conservation covenants

Economic Report This report explores the potential economic benefits from the Skyline Tier Restoration Project as well as the economic activity generated

Endowment Fund The establishment of an East Coast Conservation Corridor Endowment Fund will provide the long term certainty required to help maintain and restore the ecological health, diversity and beauty of this exceptional place

Ecological Skill Set There is growing demand for skills in ecological restoration both locally, nationally and internationally as governments and private enterprise invest in restoring degraded lands for conservation, carbon credits and ecologically sustainable timber production. The Ecological Restoration Skill Set consists of three units from the Certificate II Conservation/Land Management qualification:

Break O Day Priority Habitat Mapping Project Report 
This report was produced to be used in the new Biodiversity Code of the Break O Day Planning Scheme. This will be the first time that landscape connectivity has been explicitly recognised in local Planning Schemes.

Land Use Plan
This is a Conservation Action Plan for the Break O Day area highlighting the important ecological processes and values that need to be protected, sustained and restored in the region.

East Coast Corridor Conservation Report
This report presents a concept for a large-scale conservation initiative to connect, restore and maintain the outstanding ecological values of Tasmania's East Coast and North East. This landscape-scale conservation corridor extends 280 km north-south from Cape Portland to
Cape Pillar, covering 2 ¬Ω degrees of latitude. The existing reserve system and a number of established conservation projects provide a solid foundation for this integrative corridor concept 

Native Vegetation Management Plan, Seaview, Pyengana, Tasmania
In this report information about restoration of Eucalyptus nitens plantations back to native forest is provided. There is a particular emphasis on streamside/riparian areas. This land is in the upper catchment of the South George River, part of the St Helens water supply catchment.

Bay of Fires Proposal 
The Bay of Fires is an area of sublime beauty and important biodiversity values with strong cultural links for Tasmania's Aboriginal community. It is also highly valued by East Coast residents, treasured by the Tasmanian community as a whole and attracts visitors from Tasmania, Australia and beyond

Native Restoration of Scamander Pine Plantation 
This report details how to go about restoring the whole 2,000ha plus of the Scamander Pine Plantation back to native forest. A management key is provided which outlines methodology for this process and is broadly applicable to many other pine plantations in Tasmania.

NEBRN Plantation Restoration 
Plantation Restoration in Tasmania: Methodology and Prioritisation

Benefits of Restoring Skyline Tier
The Northeast Bioregional Network engaged Bushways Environmental Services Tasmania to conduct an assessment of the benefits to the community of restoring Skyline Tier 

Constable Creek Report
This document presents a proposal for a new reserve in North East Tasmania. The proposed Constable Creek – Loila Tier Reserve covers an area of approximately 13,200 hectares of largely pristine native forest, heathland and watercourses

Featured Reports

Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC) refuse 54 lot subdivision

15 Jan 2020

The TPC recently refused a contentious 54 lot subdivision and rezoning application at 50 St Helens Point rd based on expert planning evidence provided on behalf of NEBN.


Endowment Fund

29 Oct 2019

The establishment of an East Coast Conservation Corridor Endowment Fund will provide the long term certainty required to help maintain and restore the ecological health, diversity and beauty of this exceptional place.


New Holland Mouse

9 Aug 2019

Billie Lazenby has produced a report regarding NHM habitat in the St. Helens area. A copy has been sent to the Threatened Species Unit as well as Break O’Day Council. A recent hair tube survey near Swimcart Beach at the Bay of Fires produced one positive result. For the first time New Holland Mouse has been recorded in the area for 20 years. Surveying for NHM is ongoing.


Planning Directives / Land Use Plan / Strategic Plan

9 Aug 2019

NEBN has attended two Planning Directives hearings (No. 1 and No. 4) to try and ensure that ecological protection, management and restoration underpin planning in Tasmania.

The recently completed Land Use Plan has been a useful document to submit at such hearings as it highlights the fact that ecological processes have not been identified, let alone protected in the planning system even though this is a legal requirement.

The Land Use Plan has also been submitted to the Break O’Day Strategic Plan process as a means of promoting the need for the Council to develop a long-term ecologically based Land Use/Biodiversity strategy for our municipality.


Skyline Tier

9 Aug 2019

We have accessed $55,000 in funding in the past year for this project. There has been some large areas selectively harvested (pines removed, native trees retained) by a local logging contractor in the past few months which will regenerate back to native forest rapidly. Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) crews have been coming out for a week each month which has been very helpful but we need more local input.

The long-term goal is to secure enough funding to be able to pay for a locally based work team. The 2009 Report on Skyline Tier is now available.