At a time when major companies are closing doors, there are some within the state looking for new approaches to invigorate the Tasmanian economy.

Coming from local government, non profits, the arts sector and regional communities, they will meet in Launceston next week to be part of the first Tasmanian workshop presented by internationally renowned Dr Ernesto Sirolli.

Supporting the Enterprise Facilitation model that Sirolli has refined over the past 25 years, TasCOSS and Tasmanian Regional Arts partnered to bring Dr Sirolli to speak in Tasmania last year. Building on this they have invested resources and attracted support from Rio Tinto, the Myer Foundation and the Department of Economic Development to subsidise some participants in the coaching program which will include a 3-day workshop and 12 months of mentoring.

TasCOSS CEO, Tony Reidy, said that in an environment of economic uncertainty every angle Tasmania can pursue to stimulate local economies to create jobs should be pursued.

“It’s exciting for TasCOSS to be working with a range of non-traditional partners such as Tas Regional Arts, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts, Regional Development Australia – Tas, the Bendigo Bank, and the TCCI. It shows a real willingness to explore new ways of doing things.”

“Downturns for major employers result in profound economic and social impacts, particularly in regional areas. Dr Sirolli’s model has particular appeal through its combination of business and community development principles. It offers a proven way to diversify local economies and build community networks and resilience. We are particularly interested in its potential to support more social enterprises.”

The workshop will be held in Launceston from June 15-17 and Dr Sirolli will be available for interviews from Friday 10th June in Hobart and Launceston.
Kylie Eastley-Tasmanian Regional Arts