grass roots community organisation that aims to improve 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 Governments National Landcare Programme.

NRM South

NRM South is responsible for the planning, delivery and implementation of integrated natural resource management in Southern Tasmania.

NRM South was established in 2003 under the Tasmanian Natural Resource Management Act 2002 as one of three Tasmanian regional natural resource management bodies. NRM South forms part of a national network of 56 similar entities across Australia.

Our responsibilities under the Act include engaging with the three tiers of government, business and the community in helping to protect, preserve and manage Southern Tasmania’s wealth of natural assets.


Central Highlands Council

The Central Highlands covers 8,010 sq km, 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.

Our region is host to a World Heritage Area, two national parks and other Wilderness Conservation Areas, to Tasmania’s recreational fly fishing, 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 occurring in the region.


Derwent Valley Council

The Derwent Valley Municipal area is characterised by its ever growing rural townships, green hills and river valley environment. The municipal area covers 4,111 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. Major features of the Derwent Valley municipality include it's land and fresh water resources.

The region has lakes and river water supplies and productive soils. Derwent Valley farmland and agricultural industries are traditional farming of beef and sheep, an internationally competitive hop industry as well as emerging specialties 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.