Devonport is a busy coastal city and hosts the Spirit of Tasmania ferry on its voyage to and from Melbourne. It’s also the gateway to the North West and beyond, with a bounty of fresh produce on its doorstep and plenty to explore right in town.
Located on the Mersey River and the Bass Strait coast, Devonport enjoys river, ocean and mountain views and is close to some of Tasmania’s best natural places, including stunning Cradle Mountain.
There are great beaches, rowing, sailing, kayaking and fishing. Walking and cycling tracks crisscross the city with plenty to see along the way including Aboriginal rock carvings on the coastal trail to The Bluff.
LIVING IN DEVONPORT
- Professional Couples and Families – 15.6%
- Older couples and Families – 18.6%
- Elderly Singles – 11.7%
Median House Price
DEVONPORT & SURROUNDS
THE LIVING CITY
Devonport City features both urban and rural areas. The urban areas include residential, industrial and commercial land use. Rural land is used mainly for agriculture, particularly vegetable and crop growing, with some dairy farming. Tourism is also an important industry. The City encompasses a total land area of about 116 square kilometres. Devonport City includes the suburbs and localities of Aberdeen, Ambleside, Devonport, Don, East Devonport, Eugenana, Forth, Forthside, Latrobe, Leith, Lillico, Melrose, Miandetta, Paloona, Quoiba, Spreyton, Stony Rise and Tugrah.
CHOOSE THE DEVONPORT LIFE
So, in March 2017, at just 18-years-old, she opened her own business to do just that – Antidote Desserts ,marketed under the banner of “handmade indulgence from our family to yours.’’.
Chloe – with the help of her mother Shannon and an 11-strong workforce of mainly young people – offers desserts and coffee six-nights-a-week from her premises in King Street where patrons can not only eat a range of homemade sweets but also play the board games provided on each table and generally engage with one another rather than being glued to mobile devices.
It is just the sort of place Chloe feels the most comfortable and the fact she has been able to employ other young people in the city is an added bonus.
THE LIVING CITY
It’s a project that will benefit the entire North-West region and is estimated to generate $250 million in investment over a 5-10 year construction period and provide up to 830 on-going jobs.
Stage 1 of the project was opened in September 2018.
The paranaple centre includes a new multi-purpose civic building which is home to a state-of-the-art Library, Service Tasmania, café, Council offices and 800-seat convention centre. The Providore Place food pavilion – which will showcase the region’s premium producers through restaurants, a distillery and market spaces – and a Multi-level car park servicing the whole of the CBD are also part of Stage 1.
In October 2017 Fairbrother, a local development company, was selected as the Preferred Proponent of the $40 million waterfront hotel, which is the centrepiece of Stage 2. It is expected to take about two years to construct, with site works anticipated to begin in 2019.
LIVING CITY is more than new buildings. It provides new opportunities, new tourist drawcards and new experiences
Lyn said she always felt it was important to give back to the community where one lived and refused to be slowed by setbacks such as losing her left leg to cancer.
“It is no good wallowing in it (bad luck), you just must get on with it (living).’’
The 70-year-old is an active participant in many charitable and community causes which have seen her recognised as a Diamond of Devonport, an annual award held on International Women’s Day to recognise the efforts of girls and women making a difference in Devonport.
The retired midwife has been engaged in the community since she first arrived in Devonport almost 45 years ago. Among her current involvements are as incoming president of Soroptimist Devonport, a volunteer with St John’s Anglican Church’s charitable endeavours, State President and public speaker for Tasmanian Amputees and a supporter and volunteer at Devonport’s Community House.