Grass-roots community organisation that aims to improve the natural condition of the Derwent catchment


The Derwent Catchment Project is supported by a partnership model involving NRM South, Central Highlands Council and Derwent Valley Council. The NRM South funding is provided by the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

Central Highlands Council

The Central Highlands covers 8000 square kilometres, or 12 per cent of Tasmania’s land mass, and is home to disparate but thriving communities. The Central Highlands boasts glorious scenery and dramatic built heritage dating back to the early 19th century. It is the birthplace of Tasmania’s hydro-electric power system and home to the best trout fishing in the southern hemisphere.

The region is host to a World Heritage Area, two national parks and other Wilderness Conservation Areas, hunting and bushwalking communities, and has strong agricultural, horticultural and tourism industries. The Highlands region has a strong agriculture sector, with grazing for sheep and beef, dairying, cropping and viticulture and orchard industries.

Derwent Valley Council

The Derwent Valley municipal area is characterised by its ever-growing rural townships, green hills and river valley environment, covering around 4000 square kilometres in south central Tasmania. This peaceful, rural setting provides a gateway to some of Tasmania's most spectacular wilderness areas, including Mt Field National Park and the Western Tasmanian World Heritage Area.

The region has lakes and river water supplies and productive soils. Derwent Valley agricultural industries are traditional farming of beef and sheep, an internationally competitive hop industry, as well as emerging specialty agriculture such as essential oils and cherries. The forestry and timber industry has access to extensive, productive forests that support the Norske Skog paper mill at Boyer, local sawmills and woodchip mills outside the district.

Derwent Catchment Project

PO Box 22 Hamilton TAS 7140  |  Phone (03) 6286 3211  |