Coffs Harbour is perfectly positioned and resourced to develop its blue economy.
Coffs Harbour is perfectly positioned and resourced to develop its blue economy. United Nations

A way to live longer and prosper on the Coffs Coast

A DISCUSSION in Coffs Harbour on Wednesday evening could help revolutionise the way we live on the Coffs Coast, gifting local residents more quality years to their life.

Start-Up Grind Coffs Harbour, in partnership with Google for Start-ups, will examine the 'blue economy' and 'blue zones' of the world, investigating how Coffs Harbour could one day make this revered list.

Future Coffs Harbour
Future Coffs Harbour Matthew Deans

As identified by author and National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner, there are five known 'blue zones' around the world where people reach 100 years more often than anywhere else in the world.

They include Okinawa in Japan, the Italian island of Sardinia, Nicoya in Costa Rica, Icaria in Greece and the Seventh-Day Adventist community in Loma Lina, California.

To discuss the longevity of these regions, Natalie Yan-Chatonsky, CEO and co-founder of Full Time Lives, will speak at The Depot, Coffs Central, on Wednesday from 6-8pm.

In short, the populations enjoying longer life tend to be less stressed, more family orientated, physically active and rely on plant and seafood-based diets.

Natalie Yan-Chatonsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Full Time Lives and EiR for Muru-D.
Natalie Yan-Chatonsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Full Time Lives and EiR for Muru-D.

Start-Up Grind Coffs Harbour's Tony Rothacker - a committee member of Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast - said from a business perspective there was huge potential for the Coffs Coast to embrace its blue economy.

He said ultimately the Mid North Coast should strive for something similar to the Blue Economy Cooperative Research Centre in Tasmania, a $329 million research project and a 10-year collaboration between 45 national and international partners from industry, research and government.

"This is underpinned by a $70 million cash investment from the Federal Government announced in April by the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews," Mr Rothacker said. 

"The Blue Economy CRC aims to drive an evolution in marine-based industries, unlocking enormous economic, environmental and technological benefits.


"In line with the $100 billion annual revenue target set by Australia's National Marine Science Plan (2015-2025) imagine if also the Coffs Coast could play a role in the blue economy?

"If you would like to support this initiative and commit to the first step to tap into this unparalleled opportunity to develop new industry that can drive significant economic growth across the whole Mid North Coast come and join Startup Grind's Fireside chat."

To make a booking for tonight's forum click here.

INNOVATIVE THINKER: Innovation Hub Coffs Coast manager Tony Rothacker said Coffs Harbour is being put on the world map for its start-up companies.
Start-Up Grind Coffs Harbour's Tony Rothacker. Keagan Elder


Click here to book your spot. To find out more about the Blue Economy click here.

The blue economy is a new scope of growth for the Coffs Coast.
The blue economy is a new scope of growth for the Coffs Coast.