Dravid Rae




Where do you work and what do you do?

I work for the George Town Council as a Community Officer for Sport, Recreation, Events, Health and Wellbeing.

Please describe the reasons and process you went through in choosing to move to Northern Tasmania – 

The main reason in choosing to move to Northern Tasmania is purely due a career growth opportunity. Having completed a masters degree in business (Sport management) from Deakin University in Melbourne, I was working for the State Sport Centres Trust in Victoria when I made the decision to move into the local government sector. I had two council opportunities (One in Victoria and the other here in Northern Tasmania). My urge to explore, grow and more importantly develop a community helped me choose Tasmania. I have always been very passionate about working for the betterment of a community, and want to achieve the same here.

How are you dealing with the life you left behind?

I’ve always missed my family. It’s not easy but it’s something you do when you decide to grow professionally. There will always be sacrifices in life. It only makes you stronger. I would be lying if I said I don’t miss my friends, but I’m lucky to have made a few good friends here already.

How would you describe living here?

A bit quiet. I’ve noticed rapid developments in the region. It’s very different. You see so much growth around but very little chaos. Very relaxing and peaceful is Northern Tasmania.

Did you find the community welcoming? 

100%. Very welcoming and so much warmth.

What would your advice be to anyone thinking of moving to Northern Tasmania?

Please bring some extra layers of clothing!

What is your favourite thing o place to do or visit in Northern Tasmania? 

I’ve not started exploring Tasmania yet, so I don’t really have an answer to that but it’s hard not fall in love with the landscape. So much beauty around. PS: Cricket will always be one of my favourite things to do wherever I go so you can’t take that away, haha!

What could have made your settlement journey better or faster?

Everything in life happens at the right time, if you’re willing to work hard. You’ve got to fall in love with the process and not stress too much about the end result. So, I’m definitely happy with my journey and wouldn’t want to speed up or fasten anything in regard to settling down here.

Any other comments, information or suggestions –

Absolutely love the work NTDC do for the growth of the Northern Tasmanian region.



Edward Obi supports highly skilled jobseekers to access the relevant networks and jobs in the region. He also collects case studies of successfully settled migrants in the region. You can contact Edward on edward@ntdc.org.au