The Triabunna village
The Triabunna Village Grounds

The Eastcoast Regional Development
Organisation Inc.

Our Vision

To facilitate a collaborative and optimistic approach to community and economic development enabling the region to respond positively to its future”.

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 was incorporated in 1991. It was set up to provide a regional focus for the area and to ensure the people of the East Coast receive an equitable distribution of services and funds.

Since 1995 ERDO has obtained grants in excess of $1million to enable various economic, cultural and environmental projects to be undertaken in the area.

ERDO has representation from across the Municipality and beyond. Membership is open to anyone wanting to become more actively involved in the East Coast. Many of our members have had extensive experience in business, community and economic development.

 The Village Project Aims & Outcomes

“To establish a centre for change that promotes and develops solutions to living in the 21st century through developing a range of enterprise, educational, arts and environmental project that connects all ages and impacts, positively, on many areas of community life.”


In 2003, ERDO purchased the site of the former Working Horse Museum, opposite the Triabunna District High School, to establish The Village as a Centre of all age learning, mentoring and community enterprise based on successful community development models that incorporate principles that empower and create optimism about the future.

In 2006, ERDO received $60,000 from the Tasmanian Community Fund and $68,000 from the Australian Government, through Regional Partnerships to restore an existing two storey barn, renovate an existing large workshop space and build toilet facilities. The Village was formally opened on Sunday 16th October 2012.

The Model

The Village is a Centre of all age learning, mentoring and community enterprise.

The Village is under the management of ERDO and is based on the model of The Creative Living Centre in Burnie, developed in the nineties, which embraced the principle of “Making the Community the Family”. It is used by increasing numbers of families, community members, schools & other agencies and groups, working with vulnerable families and involved in community & economic development.

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 Process

The Village Project is built around the community and community involvement at many levels. Some of the activities include gardening, pottery, spinning, literacy, weaving, music, paper making and craft activities. Volunteers offer mentoring and there is an Art Gallery, community gardens, a wood fired bread/pizza oven and a Peace garden. There is a Monthly Market held on the third Sunday of every month.

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.

With Colony 47, ERDO facilitates a regular East Coast Network that was initiated in 2011 and has connected over 150 participants from the three tiers of government, school principals and community members interested in community and economic development . It runs an annual “Stepping into the Future” Expo that provides students, jobseekers and the community with an interactive and interesting introduction to various occupations and services which can be accessed in the area.

As more than 50 members of the East Coast Network are connected in some way to health service delivery, an East Coast Health Network has been formed that focuses on the delivery of medical & allied health services across the Municipality and connects to the existing East Coast Community Network. This is a community based approach to enhancing health provision in our community by providing a forum for all stakeholders to meet, share ideas and experiences and strengthen relationships. It is an opportunity to identify and respond to some of the many challenges faced by our rural community.

With this regularly updated website and our Facebook page, 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 & Glamorgan Spring Bay Council.

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

The Village would not exist without the contributions of over 40 skilled and caring volunteers, who run the market, build, open the Gallery, clean, garden and most importantly mentor others.

King WIlbert

King Wilbert II of Tasmania in residence @ The Village, collaboration by Paper Artists Pam Thorne & Ruth Rees then at Makers Workshop, Burnie.

Membership of ERDO and Volunteers for The Village

Wanted at The Village

People of all ages with ideas and energy to carry them out; Volunteers to help with gardens or anything around the Village; Mentors who have skills to share with others; Donations of bric a brac, second hand books, etc for Market Stalls. All proceeds of sales go towards financial viability of The Village.


If you would like to join ERDO, Membership Fees for the year to 30 June 2016 are very reasonable, only $5.00 per annum for unwaged or students, $10.00 for adults in employment. Forms available on request.


If you would like to Volunteer your services at The Village in any capacity, please contact us. It is worth noting that ERDO complies with Centrelink Mutual Obligation requirements for Approved Voluntary Work.

If you would like to get involved in The Village, or need more information, contact Jane & Tom Teniswood:

Phone: 62577583 or 0418995319.