Reimagining our ageing workforce

Everyone has a role to play in the system reset. How we work through this may depend on the way we interpret our social currency and adopt new strategies to rebuild. It will be crucial to ensure that we create a strong community and a strong affiliation with the consumers of our brand as we reboot, and ideally, this should start locally Prior to COVID-19, each day was routine [...]

2020-09-15T14:41:14+10:00September 15th, 2020|

Happy productive Coasters

As I reflect on my first two weeks in the job, I am struck by the potential of Cradle Coast Authority and our partners to develop a unique integrated model for sustainable economic development. A model which can enrich the region greatly, attract future investment and meet the twin needs of our economic development and natural resource management. Australia is a signatory to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) [...]

2020-09-15T14:37:21+10:00September 15th, 2020|

The transformative power of education 

‘I never thought University was for me, but I gave it a go because a mate of mine had done it’, is a statement I often hear from the students I teach. I am fortunate to work as a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania’s Cradle Coast Campus with students of all ages and from different paths of life. Here on this campus educational journeys often become [...]

2020-09-15T14:42:32+10:00September 15th, 2020|

Reimagining the Bass Strait crossing

Dad recently suggested that the Spirit of Tasmania vessels docks on the “wrong” side of the Mersey River, and he’s right. Too many cars turn left upon exiting East Devonport onto the highway, many without even spending a dollar until they hit Elizabeth Town or Launceston. The Tasmanian Government recently announced that the next Bass Strait ferries will be built in Australia, and that’s great. Wouldn’t it really be [...]

2020-08-28T10:39:13+10:00August 28th, 2020|

Reimagining the role of education

Using the distinctiveness of ‘place’ to enrich learning is not a new idea. A Tasmanian school inspector, Richard Davis, in 1927 noted that ‘Their own playground, the neighbouring hills and level spaces, the coast line, the little stream and pool, the long and short days, the heat of summer and cold of winter, the wet wind and the dry one - are all starting points from which the child, [...]

2020-08-28T10:36:07+10:00August 28th, 2020|

Tasmanian Made Wind Turbine Towers

The economic outcome of renewable energy projects in the Cradle Coast isn’t always obvious. Some people wonder how the local community and the region benefit when global companies install internationally made metal wind turbines and export power to mainland Australia. Others wonder whether there are any local jobs and ask how we can make the most of this new industry. There are many benefits being proposed by both wind and [...]

2020-10-29T15:18:53+11:00August 13th, 2020|

Growing local

In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and the enforced lockdown, some green shoots of hope are appearing which are providing some real opportunities for our region.  One of these is to build on the increased interest in growing our own food. We humans have always turned to our own resources in times of crisis and older members of our community may even remember the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign [...]

2020-08-07T09:48:32+10:00August 7th, 2020|

Let’s plan together

Reimagining is always easier in a crisis or time of challenge. Such occasions are often unwelcome and uninvited, but are times to reflect on what is. A chance to consider, to re-design, to plan for, or more constructively, do things better or differently. It’s also a time to dare. We live in a contradictory world. On the one hand we have a geo-political trend towards tribal nationalism, unilateralism, and [...]

2020-07-31T12:18:46+10:00July 31st, 2020|

Waste and the circular economy opportunity

These days we are all talking about our footprint on the earth and how we impact the world. I started thinking about this around 15 years ago, when I lived in Canberra. I reflected on the energy I consumed and that it was generated from burning coal, I thought about the water I used - it was a drought and there were stage 5 restrictions at the time. I [...]

2020-07-16T12:25:22+10:00July 16th, 2020|

Your new job for the Cradle Coast

Imagine you started a new job today, a job that not only looked after your prosperity but also ensured the prosperity of your offspring and the Cradle Coast region. While locked down at the height of our Coronavirus outbreak, I was stuck in a place with clean fresh air, rolling green hills and a view of the ocean. Though many days felt tediously long, and everything seemed out of [...]

2020-07-15T22:47:23+10:00July 15th, 2020|