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.