The Huon Valley is a geographic area located in southern Tasmania, Australia. It roughly corresponds to the Local Government Area the Huon Valley Council but predates that entity. The population center of the area is Huonville and other smaller towns are spread across the area. It includes Australia's most southern permanent settlement at Southport.
The area was first settled in the early 1840s. In 1843 Thomas Judd planted the first apple trees, founding the industry that made the Huon famous. He was followed by Silas Parsons, founder of Grove and then Wm. Barnett, Wm. Cuthbert and then William Geeves, namesake of Geeveston.
The Huon is both a major horticultural area, particularly famous for growing apples (65% of Tasmanian apples originate in the Valley), but also producing cherries, berries and stone fruit and a suburbian locality for commuter workers who work in Hobart or Kingston and prefer to live in a more rural setting. It is also a major source of seafood, hosting the headquarters of Huon Aquaculture and the major processing plants for Tassal.
The Huon Valley is governed by the Huon Valley Council. The entirety falls into the Commonwealth and Tasmanian House of Assembly Division of Franklin. It was previously divided among the Municipalities of Port Cygnet, Espererance and Huon, which merged in 1993.
The Huon Valley hosts by the Huon News, a weekly local newspaper, and the Cygnet & Channel Classifieds, a small local newsletter. Geeveston is the headquarters of Huon FM, a community radio station. It was historically served by the Huon Times, which closed in 1942.
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