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Tara Howell

Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards 2018

Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award

Tara Howell, 27, of Launceston founded Blue Derby Pods Ride a three-day, soft-adventure mountain biking experience in Derby. The guests indulge in Tasmanian food and wine, and stay in unique, architecturally designed accommodation pods. Tara created a tourism development plan and received a $500,000 grant. She has a 50-year lease on land in Derby Regional Reserve where the infrastructure has been built. Blue Derby is in its third year of operation, with four employees.