Cradle Coast Authority, Council & Government Tasmania

Regional Development

Regional Pathfinder Report

The Pathfinder project is a partnership between the Regional Australian Institute (RAI), the Cradle Coast Authority (CCA), each of the nine local councils of Burnie, Central Coast, Circular Head, Devonport City, Kentish, King Island, Latrobe, Waratah-Wynyard and West Coast and with support from the Australian Government. 

Read the Cradle Coast Regional Growth Strategy 

The RAI developed Pathfinder to help regional leaders cut through complexity and focus on the initiatives that can have the greatest impact for their region.  It is designed to inform local leaders about the strengths and weaknesses of the region’s economy and set out an agreed set of collaborative actions to take the region forward. 

Community House developing region through social inclusion

A passionate coordinator, Tracey Carter left the world of business when she decided life was too short to not make a difference in her community.
"If an average Australian woman's life is 76, give or take a few years, you would want to make sure what's left of it really counts," Tracey said.

A buzzing hub, filled with chatter, laughter and cars parked outside on the streets, this is a place where everyone can belong.  East Devonport Community House delivers local food initiatives, Work For the Dole projects, catering, emergency food relief, classes and a variety of accredited courses. Additionally, it facilitates community development projects, some of which have had 50 per cent of participants voluntarily studying or securing employment.

"It's about providing learning opportunities and an environment for people to do what they want to do, at their own pace, when they are ready" says an enthusiastic Tracey.  

Even though Tracey has only been in her role for four years, it is evident she is using all her previous work experience to manage her dedicated 104 volunteers and staff.

There are two commercial kitchens, a training room, computer room, consulting room, conference rooms and a community library with books generously donated. The Community House runs many programs including cooking classes for men, Tai-chi, Mahjong, and after-school programs, to name just a few.  

An average of eight contacts a day are made for emergency food relief, leading up to Christmas. They run a community café - which trains youth and people re-entering the workforce, a community garden with more than 60 square metres of raised garden beds. The veges they grow (varieties not usually donated) supply their cafe, catering and their food van, which delivers affordable food to areas with transport issues.  

The Community House recently celebrated their 10th anniversary and they catered a three-course meal for 130 people. 

During 2016/17, 17,000 people visited the East Devonport Community House on top of another 15,000 provisions of service via phone, email and social media. To learn more visit 

Burnie begins foodie makeover

The industrial area of Burnie's old pulp and paper mill on the north-west coast of Tasmania may be on the cusp of a foodie makeover.
Henry's Ginger Beer said demand for its product had increased so rapidly in four years it had decided to upsize and found the spacious warehouses of the disused pulp mill was the perfect spot.
Co-owner Carolyn Watson-Paul said the history of the site will now be part of its business story.
"I love the historic feel of this building," she said.
"You almost have a feel of what's been here previously."

Read the full story here

Regional Development

*Our live Cradle Coast Regional Economic Profile. Photo taken 14 October 2016. 

he Cradle Coast Authority now provides public access to a live regional economic and community profile. The online platform houses economic and community information about the Cradle Coast region enabling people to research key data and trends about our economy, community and industry

The information is derived from official sources of information (Australian Bureau of Statistics) as well as Australia's leading economic modellers, National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR). 
The Cradle Coast Region Economic Profile also provides the additional capability to do economic modelling to improve regional decision making. 

Click here to visit the Economic Profile.
The Cradle Coast Region Community Profile provides demographic analysis for the region and its suburbs based on results from the 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996 and 1991 Censuses of Population and Housing. The profile is updated with population estimates when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases new figures. 

Click here to visit the Community Profile.  

The community profile also includes a social atlas function that spatially maps the community information. 

Click here to access the Social Atlas.

The Economic and Community profiles are provided by the Cradle Coast Authority with the financial support of Regional Development Australia (Tasmania).

Regional Australia Institute 

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Key highlights
Regional Australia contributes one third of our national output and is home to 8.8 million Australians. 
As a result, regions provide employment for one in three working Australians.
Regional Australia makes a formidable contribution to the nation’s economy. 
In fact, without its contribution, Australia’s economy would contract to the size it was in 1997.
Regions contributed half of our nation’s growth post Global Financial Crisis, fulfilling their role as a source of resilience for the economy to a tee.
The Regional Australia Institute’s work shows that regional productivity has been catching up to metropolitan regions across a range of industries. Regional Australia is at the forefront of productivity in over a third of our industries, including industries like healthcare and logistics.

Check out some Insights into Regional Australia here.

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