Discover more about the Cradle Coast

The Cradle Coast region boasts a wide and diverse range of lifestyle options. From bustling rural cities to village life or a secluded hamlet by the beach there’s that special somewhere for everyone.

what is a “coaster”?

“Coasters” is the name given to those who choose to call the Cradle Coast their home. Whether you were born here or you’ve traveled here from far and wide, the Cradle Coast has a special way of making you feel at home.

Jacqueline de Jonge
Marist Regional College

Jacqueline lives in Wynyard and works in Burnie as a Teacher at Marist Regional College. Her children go to school in Burnie, and her husband works in Smithton, and his family are from Stanley. Even though she is not originally from Tassie, she thinks of herself as a Coaster since she has most of the North-West Coast covered! Over her 10 years as a teacher, she worked in both public and private schools, and in senior and middle management positions. She is passionate about education and the important role it plays in equipping young people for success in life.

Claire Smith
Director, Organisational Performance
Waratah Wynyard Council

Born in Sydney, Claire spent much of her childhood experiencing life across the country before moving to New Zealand. Claire then returned to Australia in her early teens and moved to the Cradle Coast in 2015 from Perth, Western Australia. Claire has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Curtin University, and is an associate member of CPA Australia, with more than a decade of broad, progressive industry experience within recruitment, resources and most recently the public sector.

Alexander McKenzie
McLean McKenzie & Topfer

Alex was born in Burnie and has considered the Cradle Coast home for his entire life. But after five and a half years in Hobart and a couple of stints living overseas, he decided to stop trying to convince others that there was a better life to be had on the Coast. He moved home in 2015, and hasn’t looked back. As a litigator and criminal defence lawyer, he is often interacting with people at their most vulnerable, their most disadvantaged, and their most confused. It is rewarding but challenging work. Both intellectually, and emotionally.

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