Eastcoast Regional Development
Organization Inc

The Eastcoast Regional Development Organisation (ERDO) is a not for profit incorporated body of volunteers dedicated to community development and the future of the East Coast. ERDO can be described as a lead agency organisational model as it can handle funding arrangements, administration, accountability and legal requirements of other organisations. The Spring Bay Community Boat Shed has come under the incorporation of ERDO and ERDO has joined the Men’s Shed Association. This group is formally linked to The Wooden Boat Guild.

Incorporated in 1991 ERDO has obtained grants in excess of $3 million to enable various economic, cultural and environmental projects to be undertaken in the area. ERDO has representation from across the Municipality. Many of our members have had extensive experience in business, community and economic development.

ERDO currently works with many organisations including Reclink, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council , Landcare, Triabunna District School, Work Skills, BEST, Epic Assist, Mission Australia, Landscape Recovery Foundation, Civil Contractors Federation Tasmania ,Eat Well Tasmania, Community Corrections and Link Resources.

Some ERDO projects across the region include:

  • An Economic Development Plan for Glamorgan Spring Bay, 1993
  • Jubilee Beach Re-development Stage 1
  • Education and Access Centre 1996
  • Local Employment Initiatives Program – Horticulture, Tourism and Waste Management(1996/97),
  • Schools Expo, Bicheno 1997
  • Bicheno Townscape Study, 1997/98
  • Schools Link Project, 1998
  • Swansea Banner project
  • Meredith River Project
  • Waterloo Point Track
  • Denison River Catchment Planning and Implementation, 1998 – 2003
  • Sea Chant – a community opera (part of 2001 Ten Days on the Island)
  • Youth Policies and Policy Framework for the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, 2001 funded by Office of Youth Affairs.

The Village

A centre for change that promotes and develops solutions for living in the
21st century.

In 2003 ERDO purchased the site of the former Working Horse Museum, opposite the Triabunna District High School, to establish a centre for change that promotes and develop solutions to living in the 21st century through developing a range of enterprise, educational, arts and environmental project that connects all ages impacting , positively, on many areas of community life.

The Village is under the management of ERDO, and is partly based on the model of The Creative Living Centre in Burnie, which was part of a lead agency which became Community Training & Education Centres (CTEC ) .

The Village, in partnership with existing training organisations, offers a model of life-time rather than once-only learning and individuals will be given opportunities to continuously upgrade skills and knowledge. The Village is also a pathway for unemployed people to work in a voluntary capacity, gain skills and confidence and move into training or the work force if appropriate.

The Village Model was part of the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council‘s successful bid in winning the National Tidy Towns Awards in 2016.

The Village Project is built around community involvement at many levels. Some activities include paper making, pottery, spinning, literacy, weaving, music, craft activities and a monthly market. Volunteers offer mentoring and there are two Art Galleries, community gardens, a wood fired bread/pizza oven and a Contemplation Garden.


ERDO Projects based at The Village

  • Communities for Children Program 2011’ funded by FaHCSIA – a three year project at The Village which focused on vulnerable families and children aged 6-12 . A Literacy Clinic for parents and children was offered weekly at the Village through this funding.
  • Beyond Random Acts – 2016 funded through the Primary Health Networks and Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services. A nurse practioner was based at The Village (oneday per week) to connect families to existing services and identify gaps in services. Project was managed and documented by ERDO and Colony 47.
  • Stepping into the Future EXPO’s – 2015-current
    ERDO runs an annual “Stepping into the Future” Expo at The Villageproviding students, and the community with an interactive introduction to various occupations and services.
  • East coast Network 2011 – current
    Connected many participants from the three tiers of government, school principals and community members interested in community and economic development
  • Keep on Growing-Beyond the Garden Beds’ 2019 –2022 Two grantsfunded by Healthy Tasmania Community Innovation Grant (State Government) to connect community to the Village Community Garden.
  • Chase a Rainbow -Catch a Dream’ 2023 A Journey of Self Discovery and Connections through art and wellbeing workshops funded by Australia Post Community Grants -current

With a regularly updated website www.triabunnavillage.com.au and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VillageTriabunna/, and Village Voice newsletter, the community both hears about events and contributes their own notices for circulation. Small grants have been received from the State Government through Community Capacity Building Grants, Rural Alive & Well, RACT, Nystar, Reclink & Glamorgan Spring Bay Council.
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