The Coasters is a group of like-minded aspirational young people who live and work on the Cradle Coast influencing the region’s future. Sharing skills, knowledge and experiences to raise aspirations. Improving access to career development and mentoring. Supported by the Cradle Coast Authority, University of Tasmania and CPA Australia.

Every Friday you’ll find a group of Coasters somewhere along coast, drop by anytime, to meet new Coasters and join in the conversation. Anyone is welcome, we’re a friendly bunch.

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what is a “coaster”?

“Coasters” is the name given to those who choose to call the Cradle Coast their home. Whether you were born here or you’ve traveled here from far and wide, the Cradle Coast has a special way of making you feel at home.


Jacqueline de Jonge
Marist Regional College

Jacqueline is originally from Sydney. Over her 10 years as a teacher, she worked in both public and private schools, and in senior and middle management positions. She is passionate about education and the important role it plays in equipping young people for success in life.

Claire Smith
Director Strategic Services
Cradle Coast Authority

Originally from Sydney, Claire relocated to Tasmania in 2015. Prior to the move, she worked in the resource consulting industry and ran her own cupcake business. Claire holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from Curtin University and is a member of CPA Australia. In 2018, Claire was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence (Young Leader) by CPA Australia Tasmania Division.

Alexander McKenzie
McLean McKenzie & Topfer

Alex was born in Burnie and has considered the Cradle Coast home for his entire life. But after five and a half years in Hobart and a couple of stints living overseas, he decided to stop trying to convince others that there was a better life to be had on the Coast. He moved home in 2015, and hasn’t looked back.