Taroona Community Association

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The Taroona Community Association promotes and supports local community groups and activities that promote healthy and happy living, economy and resilience, sustainable and resourceful living, networking, as well as the protection and enhancement of the coastal marine and terrestrial environment.

In 2013, the Association built a 22ft St Ayles Skiff to bring the Scottish community coastal rowing phenomenon to Taroona. Over a period of 13 months, Association members, under the guidance of experienced mentors, constructed, painted and launched the Chiton. Members of all ages have joined the rowing group that trains off Taroona beaches.

With funding support from the Tasmanian Community Fund, the Association was able to purchase a suitable boat trailer with an aerodynamic lightweight boat cover and materials to construct competition-compliant oars. These items have enabled the Chiton to operate more safely in the Derwent Estuary and, with other St Ayles Skiff groups from Franklin and Cygnet, take part in competitions, festivals, rallies, raids and regattas.

The Association is also able to demonstrate and promote to other Tasmanian coastal communities, the community building and well-being aspects of building and rowing St Ayles Skiffs.