Building Careers on the Cradle Coast

The Coasters is a group of like-minded aspirational young people who live and work on the Cradle Coast influencing the region’s future.

Through regular events – such as Friday morning coffees, Friday afternoon drinks, a Winter Symposium and other events – they share skills, knowledge and experiences to raise aspirations and improve access to career development and mentoring opportunities. Most ”Coasters” are between 18 and 35 years of ages, however there is no age limit; it’s for the young and young at heart.

The Coasters was established in 2017 to;

  • Reduce social isolation;
  • Increase the ability of career development in the region; and
  • Organise and facilitate mentoring opportunities.

The Coasters is managed by a group of passionate volunteers, hosted by the Cradle Coast Authority and supported by the University of Tasmania and CPA Australia.


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Find a group of Coasters somewhere along the coast and catch up over coffee!



Sophie Wright
Social Media & Communications
Cradle Coast Authority Representative 
  • Maintains website content and other relevant social media channels with approved content
  • Manages and coordinates monthly e-news
  • Schedules meetings, minutes any actions and follows up actions with relevant Working Group members
  • Documents a long-term strategic plan and an annual plan and budget with input from the Working Group
  • Maintains relationships with relevant stakeholders/community organisations
  • Provides financial reports and treasury oversight
  • Ensures appropriate risk and event management and planning
  • Media and sponsorship contact

Sophie works at Cradle Coast Authority as an Executive Assistant and while she loves globe trotting she is very proud to be living on the Cradle Coast. She has set herself a goal 30 countries before 30, she’s only got 3 more to go (and 8 years until she’s 30!)

Paul Fielding
Mentoring Coaster
  • Point of contact for mentoring enquiries
  • Develops a mentoring program
  • Manages and maintains an accurate up-to-date register of mentors
  • Oversees mentoring activities, i.e. vets mentors and ensures an adequate framework for managing the process is in place

Paul and his wife run Pearl Oyster Bar & Cafe in Devonport, and the newly-opened Pinctada Kitchen at Providore Place. He has a strong passion and love for tourism and hospitality and is committed to seeing this region achieve its potential, both for those who visit and those of us who live in the North West.

Mason Wright
Sponsorship Coaster
  • Ensures sponsor signage is in place and appropriately included in communications material
  • Develops and explores new sponsorship opportunities
  • Develops sponsorship packages in consultation with the Working Group to support annual plan activities
  • Seeks out new sponsors
  • Ensures all sponsorship agreements are honoured
  • Maintains relationships with sponsors

Mason considers himself an ordinary Tasmanian whose experiences have shaped his perspective on life. He is currently a UNICEF Youth Ambassador and Chair of the Matilda Research Centre Premise Youth Advisory Board. He is excited to sought sponsorship opportunities in 2020 to ensure The Coasters are able to reach more fantastic young people.

Tahlia Sperling
Connect Coaster
  • Point of contact for new ‘Coasters’ to engage with the group
  • Directs enquiries to appropriate Working Group members where necessary

Tahlia recently relocated to our beautiful island and works as an Audiologist at National Hearing Care in Burnie. She is excited to increase The Coasters presence in the community via her role of the Connect Coaster.

Olivia Lucas
Events Coaster
  • Develops an event management plan (along with associated documents such as a run sheet etc) in accordance with event budget
  • Oversees event coordination
  • Provides guidance to those involved in delivering the event in consultation with CCA representative
  • Addresses any major issue that may have an implication on the event

Olivia is a Burnie local and a member of the Country Women’s Associaton. She works at the Burnie City Council as a Project Officer.