E-News – May – (REDP) Update

Regional Economic Development Plan (REDP) Update

NTDC would like to thank all the organisations that have provided information and input into the development of REDP to date.  The key themes that have developed as a result of the consultations include:

  • Strengthening Regional collaboration
  • Growing our exports
  • Increasing our population
  • Embedding a culture of innovation
  • Attracting investment
  • Boosting productivity

NTDC has now received very comprehensive feedback from the State Government that will require further discussions. This is a positive development indicating a strong interest and commitment by the State to work with the region for a more prosperous Northern Tasmania.

Next steps:
NTDC will workshop with various State Government Departments on how State programs may be better tailored to provide greater results for Northern Tasmania.

We had planned to distribute the Draft REDP in early 2019.  Due to more work with key partners including the State Government, the Draft REDP will now be released around mid year 2019 for your comment and feedback prior to it being finalised.

Regional Population Growth 

The ABS released the Regional Population data for 2017-18 last month and the findings are encouraging for Northern Tasmania. The NTDC has identified tackling the population challenge as one of our key strategic actions to achieve a sustainable economic future.

The North and North East have attracted a 0.8% increase in population compared to an increase of less than 0.4% the year before. We suspect that Northern Tasmania is growing as a result of the interest in Tasmania as a whole, but growing pains around the capital mean that other areas of the State are being considered by new residents.

NTDC has appointed Edward Obi as the Population Attraction Coordinator to work with stakeholders such as the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, regional councils, and the Migrant Resource Centre to maximize the skills and experience of international migrants in our workforce. He will also be working with stakeholders to see how we can better connect new international and interstate migrants into the community and encourage people to stay in the region.

A Successful Move by Grace Walsh

Edward Obi, NTDC’s Population Attraction Coordinator, continues to talk and engage with people who have successfully migrated to Northern Tasmania. Edward is learning what attracted people to the region and what we could improve, and what keeps them in the region.

One of Edward’s interviewees is Grace Walsh, an Irish migrant, who first came to Tasmania on a holiday and spend time with her Tasmanian partner, Owen Powell, but instantly loved the beautiful landscape, climate and comparatively stress-free pace of the region.

Grace is well travelled and experienced in community work and was able to put her robust experience and skills to use in the Multicultural Council of Tasmania handling projects in Northern Tasmania among other community-focused activities.

Grace considers herself “lucky to have a place that offers the kind of lifestyle that easily brings you closer to nature”. She also praised Northern Tasmania as a region “where two friends can still find the time to stop and have a coffee together” and a place where the work-life balance is wholesome.

When Grace speaks, she not only refers to the region in general but refers particularly to the 289-acre farm, Oneira, where she resides with Owen. Together they rear cows, cultivate a small subsistent garden and generally optimize the farm in the eco-friendliest ways possible.

Having called Tassie home, Grace set out to fully integrate herself with the workings of Tasmania by participating and graduating from the Tasmanian Leaders program which exposed her to the various aspects of the history and development of the region.

Grace’s story is another great source of inspiration and proof that no matter your experience or skillset. Northern Tasmania has a place for you to fit in comfortably and productively.

Priority Projects

NTDC has identified, investigated and assessed a large number of proposed projects which may facilitate high levels of regional economic growth. Each project has been rated and prioritised in accordance with a structured assessment process which has been endorsed by all member Councils. In addition, each project must offer the following attributes;

  • They are strategically aligned with the REDP
  • They promote private sector investment
  • They are engaged with the business sector & the broader community
  • They are well-defined, research-based and market-driven
  • They are socially and environmentally considerate
  • They are aligned with Local, State, and Federal priorities, and
  • They have the potential to deliver over $50M to the economy over a 10-year period.

The shortlist of priority regional projects (below) will each deliver a significant increase of regional economic productive capacity and require funding assistance beyond the region’s available resources. NTDC is seeking Federal funding assistance in the lead up to the election, for the following 5 priority regional projects;

  1. Population Program
  2. TRANSlink Launceston Gateway Precinct
  3. FermenTasmania Centre
  4. Bioenergy Plant
  5. Hydrogen Energy

The projects are economic contributors to industry, or enablers that will drive our economy (such as the population attraction program). It should also be noted that since the above list was finalised – the Defence Precinct at Newnham/AMC has been re-prioritised due to both Liberal and Labor Part interest.

Northern Food Network

Due to a high level of interest in food and agri-business in Northern Tasmania, NTDC and RDA Tas established a Food Network. The aim is to connect businesses in the food and agricultural sectors so we can share experiences, knowledge, ideas, value-add to your business, and facilitate enquiries and connections.

The next Food Network event is on 15 May 2019:





Food Network Event 2019

15 May – Freight and Logistics 

Brett Charlton, General Manager Tasmania for Agility Logistics, and Chair of Tasmanian Logistics Committee

NTDC (Maree Tetlow) and RDA Tasmania (Kevin Turner) invite you to a casual networking session with guest speaker:

Brett has a wealth of knowledge on freight and logistics based on International Tasmanian experience.
In this session Brett will cover off on:

  • When to switch from parcels to pallets
  • Analysing logistics options before entering a new market
  • Factors affecting freight costs in the future
  • Putting freight first to grow your business
  • Why is freight so expensive in Australia?

Are you a small business and daunted by the world of freight and logistics? Register now and come pick the brain of a professional that has been in the industry for over a quarter of a century! Also learn from what others in the food industry during this interactive session

The event will be held on May 15 at the NTDC Office, Level 2, 93 York Street, Launceston, (Cowork Training Room).

RSVP by: May 10 by clicking and registering here.


On Farm Energy & Irrigation:
The On-farm Energy and Irrigation Audit Program provides a subsidy to assist farmers engage a qualified professional to review their farm energy use, infrastructure and systems, and to identify savings strategies.

Funding is available over 3 years – 2018/19 – 2020/21 and remains open until the allocation for each financial year is fully committed. Applicants can apply at any time in this period.

To find out more or apply click here.


Round Table Discussions

Business Tasmania wants YOUR opinion! 
Business Tasmania is undertaking an extensive review and rebuild of its website. The site is the single point for contact for business in Tasmania, and they want YOU to co-design the new site with them.
You are invited to head along to a round table session in your area and share your insights, opinions, requests, and ideas to ensure Business Tasmania has the features and functionality that matter to you.

There will be 11 sessions held around the state so there will be an event near you. Book your spot now through this link.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a round table, you can still have your say. Here’s a short survey and they would love to hear from you. Click here to start.

UTAS connecting businesses with graduates
The I-PREP and LEAP programs support employers
I-PREP Internships
The University of Tasmania is calling for businesses around Hobart and Launceston to open their doors to talented and enthusiastic international students studying at the University of Tasmania and TasTAFE, to offer workplace experiences. The I-PREP program, supported by the Tasmanian Government, aims to give international students an opportunity to engage in and make a valuable contribution to a Tasmanian workplace.LEAP Program

LEAP (Learn, Experience, Actuate Potential) is an employer support initiative designed to assist organisations to engage more closely with the University of Tasmania and students. A range of engagement initiatives can be accessed including tours, expos, work experience/internships and graduate programs.

If you would like to discuss getting involved please email us at Leap.Connect@utas.edu.au.
Head to the RDA Tas website, here, or the UTAS website, here, to find out more.

UTAS Events
Jane Franklin – the Real Founder of the Royal Society of Tasmania
26th May 2019 1:30pm
Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk
Various people have desired to gain kudos from establishing themselves as the founder of the Royal Society of Tasmania, notably Governor Eardley Wilmot. Alison will argue that Jane Franklin was the real founder, though as a woman with no official status she had to work behind the scenes.
Click here for more.