In the Cradle Coast, the Tasmanian Aboriginal community is represented by several organisations: Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania, Tasmanian Land and Sea Council, Indigenous Coordination Centre, Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, Six Rivers Aboriginal Corporation and Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation. Cradle Coast Authority NRM actively supports their work.
Land - biodiversity
Tasmania is renowned for its unique and diverse ecosystems, which are home to many well-known and loved plants and animals. Cradle Coast NRM aims to manage, restored and, protect the region’s ecosystems to provide secure habitat for all native terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna species.
Community & education
Regional NRM organisations rely on the support of community volunteers to carry out natural resource management. In return, we offer skills training, education, capacity-building and funding to community groups in the Cradle Coast region. Over many years, these partnerships have been established, and Cradle Coast NRM is proud to support 34 active community Coastcare, Landcare and Friends of groups in the region.
Coastlines mark the boundary between the region’s marine and land environments and their reach inland varies with the vegetation communities and land formations they contain. Healthy coastlines are naturally dynamic systems whose landforms are moulded by the wind and waves, and whose vegetation communities are uniquely designed for such challenging environments.
Land - Sustainable agriculture
The fertile Cradle Coast region is one of the most important agricultural regions in Tasmania, especially for vegetable and dairy production. With 64.7% of the state’s vegetable production, 59.6% of its milk production and 55.1% of its beef cattle production, it has been called the “food bowl of Tasmania”.
Cradle Coast NRM staff and delivery partners use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to investigate the geographical features of the region. More than just mapping, GIS is a powerful tool that gives us the ability to analyse the region’s natural and agricultural assets, assess threats, and plan activities.
There are 20 river catchments in the Cradle Coast region, with most flowing into the Bass Strait. These river systems support diverse and productive farmland, as well as providing habitat for some of our most iconic species, such as the Giant Freshwater Lobster. Cradle Coast Authority NRM focusses on maintaining the good water quality we have in most catchments, by working with landholders on projects to reduce sediment, nutrient and chemical run-off.
Agriculture in the Cradle Coast NRM region is a significant contributor to the Tasmanian economy. With climate change there are some agricultural activities that will benefit and others that may be negatively impacted.