|Commencement Date||01 September 2008|
The AIRC conducted an in-depth and evidence-based study of the Coal Valley Region to identify factors and activities that formed a basis for the Valley’s sustainable regional innovation and economic development.
The Coal Valley is located in the northeast of Hobart. The major settlements in the region are the town of Richmond and the villages of Campania and Colebrook. In this study, areas that have long historical associations with the communities of the region, such as Orielton, Tea Tree, Barilla Bay and at least parts of Cambridge were also included. The upper limit of the region was set at the Craigbourne Dam, which largely shaped the level of economic activities and potential of the Coal Valley District.
The Coal Valley has a well-established reputation for agricultural excellence. The early success of agriculture in the Coal Valley has been based on highly labour-intensive methods, which depended largely on assigned labour and their viability. In 1968, the Coal Valley Products Association was established as a direct response to the devastation caused by the 1967 bushfires and to deliver recovery initiatives.
The most important development in the Coal Valley Region seems to be the Craigbourne Dam. This single development has led to a significant increase in the productive potential and innovativeness of the district.
The AIRC’s report to the Government of Tasmania found that a number of factors contributed to the innovative success of the region:
Authorised by the Director, Professor of Innovation, Australian Innovation Research Centre
2 April, 2012