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Teamwork sees tonnes of rubbish removed from Macquarie Harbour
Bags of collected rubbish at King River. Picture: Sally Simco


Macquarie Harbour’s biggest annual clean-up has successfully wrapped up its second year, with a massive 3.8 tonnes of rubbish hauled from the waterways and shoreline around Strahan on Tasmania’s west coast.

An enthusiastic 168 residents, school students, aquaculture employees, local government staff, conservation volunteers and tourism industry members pitched in over the five-day event coordinated by Cradle Coast Authority NRM with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Project coordinator, Anna Wind, congratulated the participants on their extraordinary collaboration to clean up more than 80 kilometres of shoreline.

“A clean-up of this scale wouldn’t be possible without different industries and community groups coming together, all focused on improving the health of this important marine environment.

“Everywhere you looked there were examples of team work,” said Anna Wind, Cradle Coast Authority NRM’s Coastal Coordinator.  

“We had King River Rafting provide rafts and navigation expertise to help volunteers collect debris, which was then brought back to the sorting area by West Coast Wilderness Railway staff.

“Tassal, Huon Aquaculture, Petuna and West Coast Yacht Charters all had boats on the water, in addition to Conservation Volunteers, Wildcare members and local residents scouring the Harbour’s edge and nearby Ocean Beach.”

All 401 bags of hand-collected debris were weighed before having the contents sorted for recycling or to be sent to landfill.  

Together, the clean-up teams removed 56 tyres and 750 metres of poly-pipe for recycling, in addition to four cubic metres of plastic and glass containers and one cubic metre of aluminium cans.  An additional 36 cubic metres of rubbish was taken to landfill.

The project partners will meet to review the statistics in the coming months, but early indications from the aquaculture companies suggest they’ll be implementing quarterly harbour clean-ups to reduce the volume of commercial fishing materials lost in the waterway.

The event was a collaboration between Active Strahan, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Cradle Coast Authority NRM, Gordon River Cruises, Huon Aquaculture, King River Rafting, Petuna, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Strahan Village, Strahan Beach Tourist Park, Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council, Tassal, West Coast Council and West Coast Yacht Charters. 

Cradle Coast Authority welcomes Daryl Connelly to the team


The Cradle Coast Authority (CCA) welcomes Daryl Connelly to the team in the role of Industry Development Manager.  

Daryl joins CCA’s Regional Development team on a part-time basis, while continuing his work as CEO at Switch for which he is widely respected for helping new and emerging Cradle Coast businesses.  

“Daryl is passionate about the Cradle Coast and creating opportunities to help others make both their businesses and the region better,” Cradle Coast Authority CEO Brett Smith said.  

“At its core, the CCA is about regional economic development with small business at the heart of the Cradle Coast economy, be it in the manufacturing, tourism, hospitality or services sector.  

“Supporting business to improve productivity through business-to-business networks and bringing new knowledge to the region via industry experts is one way the CCA can help to lift the region’s prosperity and wellness.”  

Daryl boasts diverse work experience across agriculture, food manufacturing, hospitality and retail.  

He was a founding director of Switch Tasmania when it was established as a volunteer organisation and became its Business Advisor in 2013.

In addition to his work with Switch Tasmania, Daryl has run his own business coaching and consulting firm Change Mob.  

“Strong and vibrant businesses are the cornerstone of prosperous communities yet starting or growing a business in a regional area can be a tough gig,” Mr Connelly said.

“I first became a business owner and an employer in my early 20s, after qualifying as a chef - I know what it’s like.  

“There are so many exciting opportunities in the Cradle Coast, and together we can make them happen.”

“A key focus of Daryl’s role will be getting out and about meeting with business and industry, to listen to their needs and finding ways that the CCA can assist through its networks with Government of all levels,” Mr Smith said.  

“Daryl’s experience across the Cradle Coast and his knowledge of local businesses and experience will be an asset to the organisation and the region.”

Federal funding to assist Cradle Mountain shortfall

Cradle Coast CEO Brett Smith (centre), with Federal Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, State Labor Opposition leader Rebecca White (far left), Federal Labor Member for Braddon Justine Keay (far right), and members of the Tasmanian Labor team at the announcement in Burnie on Monday, February 26. 

The Cradle Coast Authority (CCA) welcomes Federal Labor’s $21M commitment to the Cradle Coast region.

The announcement, made in Burnie by Federal Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese, included $6M for road upgrades between Detention River and Marrawah, and $15M for visitor infrastructure at Cradle Mountain.

“The CCA welcomes Federal Labor’s commitment, particularly the $15M for Cradle Mountain,” CEO Brett Smith said.  

The Cradle Mountain Master Plan sits at the top of the regional priorities as determined by the region’s local government leaders.

“The Labor and Liberal state election commitments will certainly go towards realising the Cradle Mountain Master Plan, but without the Federal Government chipping in, there is still a shortfall.”

The shortfall based on current forecasts is $52M.

“We need to close that gap to see this significant project come alive.”

Cradle Mountain is Tasmania’s premier tourism destination identified by Lonely Planet as number 32 of ‘must-see international destinations’ ahead of Port Arthur (number 416).

“If Tasmania is going to realise its vision to increase visitor numbers to 1.5M by 2020, it needs visitor infrastructure that can compete with other internationally recognised destinations,” Mr Smith said

“Cradle Mountain is integral to Tasmania’s internationally recognised wilderness experience.”

“However, infrastructure at Cradle Mountain fails to deliver on visitor expectations for current visitor numbers, let alone manage expected increases to the region in the future. 

“The gap between visitor expectation and experience will continue to widen unless current deficiencies are addressed.”

The Cradle Mountain Master Plan was jointly developed by the Cradle Coast Authority, Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, National Parks Service and Kentish Council in response to inadequate and aging visitor infrastructure.

The Masterplan identified investments of $160M for public and private visitor facilities comprising Dove Lake revitalisation ($5M), World Heritage Village ($38M), cable way ($50- 60M) and additional accommodation ($60m).