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Region’s best recognised in state’s premier tourism awards


The Cradle Coast region can boast 11 operators, events and experiences short-listed for gongs in the state’s premier tourism awards.

The Tasmanian Tourism Awards - held in Hobart in November – recognises the state’s best.  

Among this year’s finalists is last year’s Hosted Accommodation winner - Wynyard’s Alexandria Bed & Breakfast; West Coast Wilderness Railway, which won the state’s best Tourist Attraction in 2017, and Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre, which picked up the award last year for Tasmania’s best Visitor Information Service. 

“It is fantastic to once again see businesses from every corner of the Cradle Coast region being recognised as finalists this year,” acting Tourism Manager Daryl Connelly said.

“Having volunteered as an awards judge, I know exactly how tough the criteria are and how significant it is just to make the cut as a finalist, let alone receive gold, silver or bronze. 

“On behalf of the team here at Cradle Coast Authority (CCA), I’d like to congratulate all concerned and wish them the very best for the awards ceremony in November.”

The 16TH Australian Masters Games, held across the Cradle Coast region in October 2017, has also been shortlisted as a finalist in the Festivals and Events category.

“The region’s councils through the CCA were instrumental in securing and implementing the 2017 Australian Masters Games,” Mr Connelly said. 

“The recognition isn't just about the fantastic event, it's about the region and the community uniting to solve problems and give visitors an exceptional experience while delivering a great Masters Games.

“I believe our region stands more to gain from tourism than any other corner of the island and it is these finalists – passionate, hard-working people who push beyond excellence – who will pave the way for future generations of tourism entrepreneurs.”

Tasmanian Tourism Awards - Cradle Coast finalists 
Alexandria Bed & Breakfast
16th Australian Masters Games (2017)
Cradle Mountain Canyons 
Gordon River Cruises
Tassie4Kids Tasmanian Travel Site 
The Ark Stanley 
The Rustic Hut Bush Retreat 
West Coast Wilderness Railway 
Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre
World Heritage Cruises 

Tasmanian Tourism Awards - People’s Choice 
Strahan ATV Adventures 
World Heritage Cruises

Agreement on a National Energy Guarantee important for region’s future


The Cradle Coast Authority has called on all states and political parties to agree to a National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

The Chair of the Cradle Coast Authority, Sid Sidebottom said the continued arguments over energy policy were inhibiting future investment and jobs in the region. 

“The Cradle Coast region can play a central role in supplying clean energy into the National Energy Market, with pumped hydro and wind farms,” Mr Sidebottom said.

Combined with investment in additional Bass Strait interconnectors, it is projected the NEG could release more than $5B in public and private investment and create some 3000 jobs in the region.

 The Cradle Coast region can not only provide clean, green power, but can provide the security of supply for Tasmania and mainland states and help support cheaper power prices.

“A national agreement on a National Energy Guarantee can significantly pave the way forward for certainty of investment as well as help secure guaranteed supplies of cleaner, cheaper energy across the nation,” Mr. Sidebottom said.

The CCA’s Chief Representative and Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde said that a nationally agreed energy guarantee provided great opportunities for the Cradle Coast community spread across the region’s nine councils. 

“This is such an incredible opportunity for the people in our region and Tasmania,” Mayor Bonde said. 

“If the Government is truly committed to regional development, then this is a significant moment to embrace it.

“We call on all states and political parties to support a NEG at the COAG Energy Council on Friday, so investment can be unlocked and certitude given to further investment; not only in our region, but in other regions across the country.”

CCA welcomes funding commitment to complete Coastal Pathway


The Cradle Coast Authority’s nine Member councils today welcomed the focus from Canberra on one of the region’s priority projects.

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten committed to matching the Federal Government’s $4.8M towards the Cradle Coast Coastal Pathway, as well as an additional commitment of $4M for the section between Wivenhoe and Heybridge.

“The completion of the Coastal Pathway is one step closer with the Labor Opposition’s announcement today,” the Cradle Coast Authority’s Deputy Chief Representative and Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney said.

“We welcome Mr Shorten’s announcement of his Party’s commitment to match the funding already made by the Federal Government, but particularly the additional $4m announced to fund the section between Wivenhoe and Heybridge, which will link the 110km Pathway across the Coast.

“We now call on both the Federal and State Liberal Governments to continue their co-investment to complete the Cradle Coast Coastal Pathway.” 

Once completed, the Cradle Coast Coastal Pathway will connect more than 85,000 residents between Wynyard and Latrobe.  It will remove barriers for increased cycling as an alternative to vehicles for travel to work journeys. 

Mayor Freshney said the Coastal Pathway is symbolic of the benefits of working together.

“We have taken a regional approach to the management of the project, including seeking of funds, which, if we worked separately, would have proven to be prohibitive.” 

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Labor candidate for Braddon Justine Keay talk with the CCA's Deputy Chief Representative and Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney, CCA Chair Sid Sidebottom, Burnie City Councillor Robert Bentley and members of the Shared Pathway Coalition.