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

Central Highlands weed management program

Since 2016, the Derwent Catchment Project has facilitated the Central Highlands Weed Management Program. The program is guided by the Central Highlands Weed Management Plan 2016-21, which has identified clear, asset-based priorities with scheduled annual weed control works for major land managers across the municipality. 

The group convenes annually, at the beginning of spring, to discuss what was achieved in the previous season and to table which works will be undertaken in the coming season. A simple report is collated from this process. Evaluation of methods, timing and resources are updated as the program progresses, employing adaptive management to complement the dynamic nature of weed management.

Another role of the group is to lobby for funding for priority issues and leveraging money to concentrate effort and ensure the best use of resources.  

Partners include: Central Highlands Council, Hydro Tasmania, Parks & Wildlife, Department of State Growth, TasNetworks, Crown Land Services, Inland Fisheries Service, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. 


This community program works annually with local shack owners to control ragwort along the Great Lake shore. It is supported by funding from Hydro Tasmania and in-kind help from Inland Fisheries Service.   

Dee Lagoon 

A gorse and broom control program with Hydro Tasmania, TasNetworks and Sustainable Timbers Tasmania.

Interlaken Ramsar – weed management plan and control at high-value site  

A plan to address the weed infestation at the Interlaken Ramsar site was completed on the recommendation of the Central Highlands Weed Management Plan. This site has had significant investment over several years and the existing plan was out of date. The Dago Point Weed Management Plan is designed to increase the effectiveness of control at this site and to help leverage ongoing support from other organisations.  

English broom – weed action statement 2019–24 

For a number of years, the control of broom in the Central Highlands has been neglected. The containment of spread is a priority because the main infestations of broom have rapidly increased and represent a significant threat to the natural values of the region. This action statement, developed by the Derwent Catchment Project for the PWS Working Neighbours Program, prioritises cooperative strategic control and monitoring efforts to achieve containment of English broom in the Central Highlands and reduce the threat it poses to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) by 2029.

Orange hawkweed weed program 

Orange hawkweed is a priority weed with limited distribution in Tasmania. It is unfortunately established in the Central Highlands within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) and the TWWHA buffer. Many of the known infestations are tenure complex, requiring coordinated control between multiple public and private land managers. There has been an active control program over the last five years but a strategic plan was required to consolidate investment, prioritise sites and enable monitoring and evaluation. DCP has developed an action statement for Parks & Wildlife which documents the current understanding of the distribution of orange hawkweed in the Central Highlands with a focus on records near or within the TWWHA. It presents the results of the review of available data, 2019 surveys, monitoring and on-ground control programs. The action statement prioritises control and monitoring efforts to achieve eradication of OHW from the Central Highlands and reduce the threat it poses to the TWWHA by 2029.  

Poatina fire ragwort program 

The Poatina bush fire (2013) burnt an area of approximately 10,000 hectares across multiple land tenures east of  Great Lake.  The fire burnt across land managed by Parks & Wildlife Service, Hydro Tasmania, Crown Land Services and the Department of State Growth.  This includes a section of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Derwent Catchment Project surveyed the area by helicopter and developed a weed control program, commenced in 2016.  

Spanish heath at Monto’s Creek 

An investment through Working Neighbours Program (Parks & Wildlife) to tackle infestation of Spanish heath adjacent to the TWWHA. 

Wayatinah weed management program 

A plan has been developed to provide a strategic and long-term approach to the management of declared weeds (predominantly broom species) in and around the township of Wayatinah. The development of this plan for Wayatinah was an action from the Central Highlands Weed Management Plan. The majority of the weeds are located on land managed by Central Highlands Council, with smaller infestations on land managed by Hydro Tasmania, DPIPWE, Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park and TasNetworks. 

Derwent Catchment Project

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