Cradle Coast Integrated Transport Strategy
The development of regional integrated transport plans across Tasmania is a key strategic planning initiative of the State Government. The Plans are developed in partnership with local government and provide an agreed framework for the strategic management of regional transport systems over the longer term.
The State Government and Cradle Coast Authority, on behalf of the nine local councils in the Cradle Coast Region, released the Cradle Coast Integrated Transport Strategy in 2006.
The Cradle Coast Region is situated on the North West and West Coast of Tasmania and comprises the nine local government areas of Burnie City, Central Coast, Circular Head, Devonport City, Kentish, King Island, Latrobe, Waratah-Wynyard and West Coast Councils.
The transport system is critical to this Region, which has a strong resources (mining, forestry and agriculture) and manufacturing base, a growing tourism industry and a dispersed settlement pattern that includes a number of rural and remote towns and communities. Safe and efficient transport services are key to ensuring producers are able to access intrastate and interstate markets, and that individuals can access essential services and participate in their communities.
The Strategy was developed under the Cradle Coast Partnership Agreement and is informed by wide community and stakeholder consultation. It provides a co-ordinated and strategic framework to address Regional transport issues over the next 20 years, and identifies objectives and outcomes to be achieved in addressing these issues.
The Strategy is the second regional transport plan prepared for Tasmania - the first was the Northern Tasmanian Integrated Transport Plan. The third and final regional transport plan for Tasmania is the Southern Intergrated Transport Plan. All three Plans have been facilitated under the State Government Partnership Agreements process and highlight the success of Partnership Agreements at the regional as well as local government level.