George Town, Tasmania

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George Town
Tasmania
Watch-House-George-Town-20070421-009.jpg
The Watch House
George Town is located in Tasmania
George Town
George Town
Coordinates 41°06′S 146°49′E / 41.100°S 146.817°E / -41.100; 146.817Coordinates: 41°06′S 146°49′E / 41.100°S 146.817°E / -41.100; 146.817
Population 6,906 (2011 Census)[1]
Established 1804
Postcode(s) 7253
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location
LGA(s) George Town Council
State electorate(s) Bass
Federal Division(s) Bass

George Town is a large town in north-east Tasmania, on the eastern bank of the mouth of the Tamar River. The Australian Bureau of Statistics records the George Town Municipal Area had a population of 6,906 as at the 30 June 2011.

It is the regional centre of the George Town Council local government area and is well served with a Regional Hospital, supermarkets, and infrastructure.

History[edit]

The Pier Hotel
York Cove

George Town, named for King George III is one of the older European settlements in Australia, first settled in 1804 by Colonel William Paterson [2] two years before the nearby city of Launceston 50 kilometres to the South.

George Town Post Office opened on 11 December 1822.[3]

The 400 Kilovolt high-voltage direct current submarine cable connecting Tasmania to the National Electricity Market, terminates in George Town.

Geography and landmarks[edit]

Proposed developments[edit]

Bell Bay pulp mill[edit]

Gunns Limited had proposed a very large pulp mill to be built in the area in 2006, but the Tasmanian people were, and still are, divided on its merits due to environmental concerns.

Despite thousands of people marching in protest against the project, it was approved by a dubious parliamentary vote when debate was cut short.

The project then failed due to the lack of product demand, uncompetitive pricing, an uncompetitive currency, and strong community opposition.

Gunns Ltd entered receivership in 2013, with huge debts and the mill is considered unlikely to ever proceed, with the receivers desperately attempting to sell the company assets.


Gas power station[edit]

In 2007 Alinta built a 200 MW gas-fired power station in the vicinity of George Town creating 200 direct and 100 indirect jobs during construction, and generating electricity from 2009.[4]

Tourism[edit]

Nightly tours of the Little Penguin rookery at the nearby suburb of Low Head are a popular tourist attraction.

"The Grove" Georgian home built in 1829 attracts many visitors, as does the 1805 convict built pilot station at Low Head.

George Town is also a popular summer destination for fishing and boating enthusiasts.

The George Town Football Club, and the George Town Cricket Club are notable among its' clubs and associations.

Media[edit]

George Town has its own radio station, Tamar FM 95.3 which is a community radio station generally playing music and advertising local businesses.

Events[edit]

Some main events that happen annually in George Town include:

  • The Tamar Valley Folk Festival, which takes place on the third full weekend in January (one week after the Cygnet Folk Festival) and features performances from local, interstate and sometimes even international musicians, as well as workshops, sessions and other festive events.[5]
  • George Town on Show
  • Targa Tasmania Prologue

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "George Town (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  2. ^ History of George Town
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Alinta announces $230m gas-fired power station in Tas". ABC. 2006-10-26. Retrieved 2006-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Tamar Valley Folk Festival website". 

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