REGIONALLY IMPORTANT PROJECTS

There are currently eight regional projects of importance that have been submitted and accepted by the Regional Economic Development Steering Group. Details on the projects are below. Detail on how to make a submission can be found here.

NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – NATURAL ENVIRONMENT INVESTMENT FUND (NEIF)

CCA’s number one investment priority, the establishment of the NEIF would protect and enhance the natural assets that underpin Cradle Coast’s world class tourist experiences and support the production of premium goods, that form important ecosystems supporting diverse flora and fauna and provide essential functions such as carbon stores.

There are two aspects of the NEIF, firstly it will address the natural management issues that are localised or specific to local councils, communities, and the region and secondly, the NEIF will address chronic skill shortages and the lack of defined career pathways in Natural Resource Management.

Key benefits:

  • Develop a skilled workforce through mentoring, training and work experience to improve the participant’s skills and employability and enhance their sense of well-being.
  • Deliver significant conservation outcomes in Key Biodiversity Areas, protecting natural values and strengthening the foundations of sustainable tourism and agriculture sectors.
  • Improve the capacity of our partners to achieve significant strategic and economic outcomes.
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CRADLE COAST REGIONAL DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY

Reliable connectivity is essential for everyday life in regional, rural, and remote Australia. Currently this is not the reality for many across the Cradle Coast region. Necessary improvements include the ability for everyone to remain connected 24/7, have access to online education, health provisions and government services, support remote working and guarantee that the technology solutions offered to metropolitan communities are available for rural and regional areas to improve productivity.

This is an equity issue that needs to be address, through a review of the current National Telecommunications policy.

North-west Tasmania has a dispersed population covering a 23,000 square kilometre landmass. The dispersed population and topography of the land in this region make the required solutions commercially unviable for service providers without government co-investment.

Key benefits:

  • Improve safety and digital accessibility for community wellbeing.
  • Improve product offerings for tourism, health, education, and other government services.
  • Improve productivity for businesses, through enabling rural and industrial areas to deploy enhanced technology.
  • Ensure the cost of telecommunications remains affordable regardless of location.

SMALL BUSINESS CO-INVESTMENT FUND

Cradle Coast Authority (CCA), Northern Tasmania Development Corporation, Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority and RDA Tasmania have developed a proposal for a grants program that supports government co-investment in expansion of enterprises where there are clearly new employment outcomes.

The program will provide opportunity for growth and development, generate more sustainable employment opportunities, particularly for people and sectors which have had employment negatively impacted by COVID-19, including our vital and hard-hit tourism, hospitality, entertainment and events industries.

The Small Business Co-Investment Fund will allow businesses and not-for-profits to apply for funding through a competitive process, with applications assessed against a number of criteria, and applicants required to match the Government contribution. This kind of co-investment scheme is a proven way of stimulating economic growth that is relevant, place-based and low risk for government.

CCA has also identified a gap in funding opportunities for new and small businesses and believes there is need to offer grants of a smaller amount (up to $10,000) to businesses that have progressed through the Cradle Coast Enterprize program, or a program of similar prestige i.e. Start-up Tas.

Key benefits

  • Diversify regional economies.
  • Stimulate long term growth.
  • Deliver sustainable employment.
  • Enable applicants to enter new markets and sectors.
  • Attract and retain a working age population within the Cradle Coast region.
Find out more: Small business co-investment fund
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DON RIVER RAILWAY EXPANSION

Don River Railway is a not-for-profit tourist railway and museum, located in Don, Northwest Tasmania.

This project will build upon the existing Don River Railway tourist operation with the aim of capturing the overnight visitor by offering a more diverse offering including rail trip, heritage museum, interpretation, café, function centre and regular monthly events.

This project will:

  • Extend passenger services across the northwest Tasmania.
  • Deliver a world class visitor centre.
  • Provide leading edge industry capability and capacity with regard to maintenance and repair of tourist railway infrastructure.
  • Deliver a roundhouse carriage and locomotive pavilion to store and display static and rolling stock equipment.
  • Develop and upgrade the workshop to a commercial operation to cater for other heritage railway users.
  • Construct a ticket office, café and function centre adjoining the existing buildings.
  • Deliver Disability Discrimination Act compliant access to the site with improved walkways and carriage access.

Key benefits:

  • Job creation and employment opportunities.
  • Increase tourist visitors.
  • Improve passenger accessibility and safety.

SLIPSTREAM CIRCUS BUILDING

Slipstream Circus is Tasmania’s largest circus organisation, providing a safe professional environment for participants to develop a range of performance skills and perform locally. Participation in circus has shown to benefit academic and social development, and build confidence for future public life.

This project will:

  • Build a fit for purpose, circus focused performing arts training space.
  • Fill a current gap for community, professional and educational groups.
  • Offer flexibility for use by many performing arts and community groups on the Northwest coast of Tasmania.
  • Enable the Slipstream Circus to expand and diversify their offering.
  • Free up space in their existing accommodation at the Ulverstone basketball stadium.
  • Provide suitable access for people with disabilities and address current structural limitations.

A dedicated circus training and performance space will enable circus training to flourish and expand in scope for trainers and participants – including student members, schools, community groups, professional artists disability groups, disengaged at risk children and young people.

Key Benefits:

  • Create a larger space that is structurally. suitable with appropriate disability access
  • Opportunity for expansion that will create economies of scale.
  • Increased opportunities for participation.
  • Meet the demands of growing popularity of this activity.

Central Coast Council have set aside land for the new building.

find out more: THE SLIPSTREAM CIRCUS
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WESTERN EXPLORER ROAD SEALING

The Western Explorer Road Sealing will increase access to the West Coast from Circular Head for the growing renewable energy and aquaculture industries and provide a tourist drive to view the Tarkine area.

The Western Explorer Road project is to provide an 80km all-weather serviceable interregional road between the West Coast via Corinna and the Circular Head. The project will seal the currently gravel road and widen and realign some sections of the road. This will expand connectivity between the two regions, provide greater connectivity to the Circular Head region to help expand renewable energy investment and support the tourism industry through providing an elevated tourism experience and greater knowledge of the natural ecosystems that sustain the area. The Western Explorer Highway C249 joins the North and Southern ends of the Tarkine and offers visitors to the region the opportunity to drive either end of the Tarkine without having to backtrack.

The greater interconnectivity provided by this project will enhance the liveability of the Cradle Coast. The project will stimulate entrepreneurial investment across the region as the reliability of tourism experiences can be sustained all year round: both guided and self-drive. The project has the capacity to add a significant number of indirect jobs in a diversity of tourism and renewable energy related opportunities in the transport corridor. In the year to Dec 2019, it was reported that there were 29,000 visitors to Corinna and 38,000 to the Arthur River. While this is high only 23-26% of those visitors stayed overnight at Corinna and Arthur River compared to 46% at Stanley which has 107,000 visitors. There is great potential to disperse tourists more broadly in the region.

A feasibility study is currently being conducted by the State Government.

JOBS TRANSPORT INDEPENDENCE PROJECT

The Jobs-Transport Independence Project (JTIP): developing transport independence for 250 individuals to strengthen local labour markets.

Businesses and employment providers across Australia confirm that access to transport is a significant barrier to employment. The JTIP will open employment opportunities to individuals without their own transport, who are unable to take advantage of public transport due to route limitations, timetabling, access or cost. The JTIP will offer immediate transport solutions in the form of a free shuttle service, allowing initial job acquisition and will then support individuals to obtain their drivers licenses, with driving lessons and assistance with license acquisition, as well as providing micro-financing support to permit the purchase of a vehicle to ensure absolute transport independence within a six-month period. A mandatory component of the project is the up skilling of candidates with employer requested training including, job maintenance and employer expectations. The project aims to deliver and support 250 jobs to the region over a two-year period.

A feasibility study has been undertaken and the benefits far exceed the costs. Although local conditions and specifics obviously vary, for each employment opportunity (at a unit cost of $4,000), a minimum of $30,000 per person can be returned to the local economy because of increased economic participation and less reliance on government support.

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TAYATEA WALKING TRAIL INTRO

TAYATEA WALKING TRAIL

The Tayatea Walking Trail will explore the Tarkine and boost tourism in the far north west.

This project delivers a 4 day/ 3 night walk which begins in the Rapid River Valley on the Tarkine Loop Road and concludes at Mount Boulton adjacent to the Western Explorer Road and the Norfolk Range. It activates a remote part of the Arthur Pieman Conservation area and traverses the Tayatea Bridge through the wilderness to Corinna and beyond. The project will also provide an interpretation centre at the start of the trail that would also provide information for other value adding activities such as mountain biking trails on Luncheon Hill and kayaking on the lower sections of Rapid River and the Arthur River. Tayatea Trail takes its name from the aboriginal name for the Giant Freshwater Crayfish.

The provision of this opportunity creates an enviable liveability opportunity in the far north west of the state promoting the unique landscapes and experience of the natural ecosystems in the area. The project has the ability to catalyse and foster a unique multi-user experience. By providing a multi-day walk connected to kayak experience along the Pieman river or the remote West Coast Arthur Pieman Conservation area provides a value adding to the attributes of the area.

A walk of this calibre could expect 6000-7000 walker per year. With users paying an average of $200-250 each an expected annual income of around $1.5M is feasible.

A Facebook survey was conducted with the Circular Head community to garner support for the project on the 21st December 2018. Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation is supportive of this project and has provided a letter of support. The Circular Head Walking Club is supportive of this proposal.

SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED PROJECTS

In recent times CCA has gaining funding from both State and Federal governments for the following projects.

COASTAL PATHWAY EXTENSION

The shared coastal pathway will connect more than 85,000 residents between Wynyard and Latrobe via a continuous pathway covering approximately 110km in continuous length, additionally there will be approximately 24km of shorting connecting links.

In 2019, four significant sections were funded for construction via funding committed by our Local, State and Federal Governments: Sulphur Creek to Penguin; West Ulverstone; Leith to Don; and Ambleside to Latrobe. Construction for these four sections is being project managed by CCA in collaboration with the Central Coast Council, Devonport City Council and Latrobe Council. Construction is due be completed by the end of 2022.

Benefits associated with this fundamental piece of infrastructure are far reaching and include fostering increased health and wellbeing, removing barriers for increased cycling & walking as alternatives for commuting to work and strongly supporting growth in our visitor economy.

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