Break O'Day Council

Break O'Day Council is a local government body in Tasmania, situated in the northern part of the state's east coast. Break O'Day is classified as a rural local government area and has a population of 6,232,[1] the major towns of the region include St Helens, St Marys and Scamander.

Break O'Day Council
Map showing the Break O'Day local government area.
Coordinates41.4238°S 148.0524°E / -41.4238; 148.0524
Population6,232 (2018)[1]
 • Density1.7/km2 (4.4/sq mi)
Established2 April 1993[2]
Area3,524 km2 (1,360.6 sq mi)[1]
MayorMick Tucker
Council seatSt Helens
RegionNorthern east coast
State electorate(s)Lyons
Federal Division(s)Lyons
WebsiteBreak O'Day Council
LGAs around Break O'Day Council:
Dorset Dorset Tasman Sea
Launceston Break O'Day Council Tasman Sea
Northern Midlands Glamorgan Spring Bay Tasman Sea

History and attributes

The municipality was established on 2 April 1993. Originally proclaimed as Portland-Fingal, the name was later changed to Break O'Day.[2]

Break O'Day is classified as rural, agricultural and large (RAL) under the Australian Classification of Local Governments.[3]


Current composition and election method

Break O'Day Council is composed of nine Councillors elected using the Hare-Clark system of proportional representation as a single ward. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are each directly elected for a four-year term. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor must also be elected as Councillors in order to hold office. Elections are normally held in October, with the next election due to be held in October 2022.[4] Neither the Labor Party nor the Liberal Party endorse local government candidates in Tasmania.

The most recent election of Councillors was held in October 2018, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[5]

  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2018 is:[5]

  Mick Tucker Independent Mayor
  Lesa Whittaker Independent
  Glenn McGuinness Unaligned
  John McGiveron Unaligned Deputy Mayor
  Barry LeFevre Independent
  Margaret Osborne OAM Unaligned 1
  Kristi Chapple Unaligned
  Kylie Wright Independent
  Janet Drummond Unaligned
^1 At the 2018 election, John Tucker was elected to Council. Following the resignation of John Tucker after being elected to state parliament, a recount was conducted and Margaret Osborne was elected as councillor until the 2022 ordinary election.


SuburbCensus population 2016Reason
Mount William 0
Eddystone 0
Ansons Bay 31
Lottah 13
The Gardens 19
Binalong Bay 290
Akaroa 132
Stieglitz 562
Dianas Basin Incl in St. Helens
Beaumaris 289
Scamander 638
Upper Scamander 44
Falmouth 102
Four Mile Creek 96
Chain of Lagoons 21
Seymour 25
Douglas River 30
Ormley Incl. in Fingal
Tullochgorum Incl. in Fingal
Fingal 405 Includes Ormley, Tolluchgorum, Frodsley
Mount Nicholas Incl. in St. Mary's
Cornwall 65
Cullenswood Incl. in St. Mary's
St. Mary's 682 Includes Mount Nicholas, Cullenswood
Gray 69
Mathinna 142
Upper Esk 26 Includes Roses Tier
Mangana 36
Roses Tier Incl. in Upper Esk
Frodsley Incl. in Fingal
Weldborough 28
Pyengana 104
Goulds Country 77
Goshen 93
St. Helen's 2070 Includes Priory
Priory Incl. in St. Helen's
Total 6,089
15 Variance
Local government total 6,104 Gazetted Break O'Day Council Local Government Area


See also


  1. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. "Agency Details: Break O'Day Municipal Council". Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. "Local government national report 2014-2015". Australian Government. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  4. "Council: Elected Members". Your council. Break O'Day Council. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  5. "Break O'Day Council". Local Government Elections 2014. Tasmanian Electoral Commission. 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  6. Australian Bureau of Statistics. "2011 Census QuickStats". Retrieved 4 January 2018.
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