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Federal funding a huge boost for Coastal Pathway

Cradle Coast Authority Chair Sid Sidebottom speaks at this morning's Coastal Pathway funding announcement, as Tasmanian Independent Senator Steve Martin (left) and Senator Mathias Cormann Minister for Finance (centre) look on. 


Significant sections of the Cradle Coast Coastal Pathway connecting 58,000 Cradle Coast residents between Sulphur Creek and Latrobe have received a welcome boost thanks to the work of Tasmanian Independent Senator Steve Martin and the Australian Government. 

Senator Martin, alongside Senator the Honourable Mathias Cormann Minister for Finance, today announced $4.8m towards the project, a priority of the Cradle Coast Authority’s member councils, who have already committed $4.8m. 

The funding will support the development of four sections of the pathway: 
- Latrobe to Devonport
- Don to Leith
- Ulverstone to Penguin
- Penguin to Sulphur Creek 

“With the councils and Australian Government’s funding now committed, we will be calling on the State Government to pledge the same amount,” Cradle Coast Chief Representative and Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde said.

Once fully completed, the Cradle Coast Coastal Pathway will connect more than 85,000 residents between Wynyard and Latrobe.  For the local community, the pathway increases connectivity between communities and fosters increased health and wellbeing.  It will remove barriers for increased 
cycling as an alternative to vehicles for travel to work journeys. 

CCA CEO Brett Smith said that “along with the health and social benefits for our local communities, the Coastal Pathway will kickstart new tourism opportunities and private investment.  Blue Derby has shown how beneficial cycling can be for a region’s economy.” 

CCA is supporting the establishment of a cycling culture that showcases our magnificent landscapes, coasts and produce along with creating opportunities for new businesses.  

CCA welcomes Devonport City Council’s commitment to the region
CCA Chief Representative and Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde, with Treasurer Peter Gutwein and Deputy Chief Representative Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney.


The Cradle Coast Authority welcomed the Devonport City Council’s decision to remain within the nine-councils who make up the Cradle Coast Authority.

“We are buoyed by the Devonport City Council’s continuing commitment to our collaborative approach to the region,” Cradle Coast Authority’s Chief Representative and Central Coast Mayor Jan Bonde said.

“By working together, we can provide better outcomes for the entire region.” 

 “We have much that we mutually benefit from,” Mayor Bonde said.

“The region’s strengths and opportunities touch us all, and while the municipal boundary exists for many inarguable reasons, there are just as many that blur council boundaries, and that’s where we see the regional approach come into its own.”

The Cradle Coast Authority (CCA) was created by the nine north-west councils to promote and deliver projects and initiatives that improve the social and economic prosperity of the region. 

The CCA has undergone a significant transformation with changes in its governance and a new corporate plan developed in close consultation with its councils, industry and community. 

“Our approach to the increasingly important visitor economy is regional, as is the CCA’s NRM arm,” Mayor Bonde said.

“And in regional development, the data suggests each council’s strategic priorities are the same: workforce skills development, population growth, education attainment and transport and information technology infrastructure. 

“By leveraging the interdependence between the environment, economy (including visitor economy) and community wellbeing we reduce corporate costs allowing more funds to be invested on projects.”

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.