Key in­dus­tries are agri­cul­ture, freight, lo­gis­tics and trans­port. While Burnie is Tas­ma­nia’s largest port, Devonport is also a ma­jor freight and pas­sen­ger hub. Tourism is a grow­ing em­ploy­ment sec­tor, and fi­nan­cial ser­vices, while still rel­a­tively small, is also grow­ing. “Retail and tourism has been steadily climb­ing for the last three years, and Devonport is track­ing in line with the rest of the state,” says Stacey Shee­han, prin­ci­pal of One Agency Collins Real Es­tate and pres­i­dent of Devonport’s Cham­ber of Com­merce. “Devonport has a lot of pri­vate en­ter­prise in the form of fam­i­lies who trade through good times and bad. If peo­ple coming from a main­land state are en­tre­pre­neur­ial, they can do well here. The Cham­ber of Com­merce is re­ally ac­tive and the of­fice space is af­ford­able, there are net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and there’s a real sense of com­mu­nity — peo­ple here will ac­tu­ally go out of the way to help.” Devonport has ac­cess to NBN and is a ‘Bell weather’ seat, which gives more ac­cess to politi­cians.

CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT Robin Hood Well of­fers farm stay ac­com­mo­da­tion; fresh lo­cal fare at Drift Café; Pizzi­rani’s Cucina; Mr Wolf fash­ion and home­wares store; a brew from Bruny Is­land Beer Co at Em­press Craft Beer. FAC­ING PAGE, CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT South­ern Wild Gin Dis­tillery’s Ge­orge Burgess with the cop­per still he de­signed; the dis­tillery’s Dasher and Fisher Moun­tain Gin; Mrs Jones serves lo­cal seafood.

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