George Town is one of the
larger towns in north-east Tasmania, on the
eastern bank of the mouth of the Tamar River.
The town has a population of 4,123 although
this declined by 8.7% in the five years to 2001 and further over
fifteen years. It is the regional centre of the George Town Council Local Government
Town is the third oldest settlement in Australia after Sydney and Hobart .
It was the
initial northern Tasmanian settlement in 1804,
before the main site was moved to Launceston.
George Town was well known as the Tasmanian port for the
fast passenger ferry.
, the 400 kV high-voltage direct current
submarine cable connecting Tasmania to the National Electricity Market
terminates in George Town.The municipal area had a population of
6,728 (2001 census
Geography and landmarks
Bell Bay Pulp Mill
Gunns Limited have recently proposed a
mill to be built in the George Town area, the largest
industrial complex of its kind in Australia.
community is divided on its merits, due to environmental concerns
and the proponent getting the development 'fast-tracked' through
parliament, sidestepping Tasmania's established planning and
environmental regulations. It was approved recently by a
The mill is expected to create 280 permanent jobs, and 1,000 during
the construction phase, boosting the population of the George Town
Windmill Point Hotel
A four-level hotel was proposed by a Queensland company; it would
have also included a 20-storey look-out. The project designs
showed a lighthouse-style tower, that would glow in the dark, and
its developers claimed it would be "Tasmania's Sydney Opera
at first supported the project, but many in the
community disagreed with the proposal, which led to council
scrapping the idea and not allowing the necessary subdivision to
occur. On 20 April 2007
the plans were officially abandoned. The project was expected to
cost around $20 million.
Gas power station
propose to build a 200 MW gas-fired
power station in the vicinity of George Town. It would create 200
direct and 100 indirect jobs during construction, proposed to begin
and to be generating electricity from
George Town is a popular tourist destination in the summer because
of its history and fishing locations.
George Town has clubs or associations in many different sports,
most notably the George Town Football Club, and the George Town Cricket Club
George Town has its own radio station, Tamar
which is a community radio station generally playing music
and advertising local businesses. George Town also had its own
fortnightly newspaper, The George Town Journal
operated in 2007
Some main events that happen annually in George Town include: