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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.   

Staycations a reason to roam like a local on the Cradle Coast

The Western Explorer road on Tasmania's West Coast.


With iconic landscapes and wilderness, and a burgeoning food, wine and festival scene, the Cradle Coast Authority as the region’s Regional Tourism Organisation, is urging Tasmanians to “roam local” this winter with a new locally targeted campaign.

“A family road trip beckons in July, as the school holidays begin,” said the Cradle Coast Authority’s tourism manager Theresa Lord. 

“Staycations are becoming increasingly popular as a short getaway to break up the year and coincide with mid-year school holidays, and we are encouraging Tasmanians living beyond the state’s west and north-west, to roam local and visit the Cradle Coast.”

The Cradle Coast is home to some of the most iconic natural wilderness in the world, while the many small towns are ideal spots to stop on a family road trip and enjoy the best our food and beverage operators have to offer, including the irresistibly delicious Chocolate Winterfest in Latrobe on 
August 12. 

“Winter is about indulgence, open fires, hearty food and wine and a time to play in the snow; some of our most iconic places are even better in winter,” Ms Lord said.

“Roaming local is all about being open to experiences that are in our backyard and looking at the less-visited parts of Tassie with fresh eyes. Take a walk along a beach and experience the wind and ruggedness of nature or enjoy winter, rugged up in front of a roaring fire. 

“The Cradle Coast abounds in these experiences and we want to share them with all Tasmanians.”

Media contact:
Cat Gale-Stanton - Ph: 6433 8434 / 0438 584 554 / Email:
Media & Communications Manager, Cradle Coast Authority