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Introduction

George Town Council is a local government body in northern Tasmania, situated north of Launceston. The George Town local government area is classified as rural and has a population of 6,754, it encompasses the principal town, George Town, and the nearby localities including Hillwood, Low Head and Pipers River.

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House and Property

George Town Councillors and staff are delighted to welcome you to our beautiful region.

Residents can take advantage of a choice of urban, rural or seaside lifestyles.

Prime waterfront housing offering panoramic vistas of the Tamar River and access to foreshore recreation areas are in plentiful supply, whilst a range of affordable housing caters for all preferences.

A full range of primary and secondary schooling is supported by transport to Launceston for further studies while a home-based child care centre and playgroups provide for the needs of families with younger children.

A variety of organised sports, both indoor and outdoor are offered, and numerous community groups meet regularly, catering for other social interests.

Full time medical practices and a local division of the Launceston General Hospital, all based in the town, service the area.

Attractive aged accommodation from independent living units through to home care is available and these are supplemented by recreation and other support services for seniors. The flat terrain and ready access to all facilities provide the elderly with a wonderful relaxed lifestyle in retirement.

Whatever your needs or interests, George Town has something to offer. We look forward to getting to know you!

If you would like a New Resident Information Pack posted to you, please contact the Council by emailing council@georgetown.tas.gov.au or just drop in to the Council office.

Recreation

George Town has a proud sporting tradition as well as natural assets throughout the municipality that facilitate a wide range of recreational pursuits. The Council is committed to ongoing planning for and provision of facilities that enable residents to enjoy a range of organised and non-organised recreational activities, using both traditional sporting facilities and less formal facilities (such as walking tracks, playgrounds, pontoons, etc).

Council has developed a Sports Complex Development Plan to assist with development and strategy plans for the future.

Halls & Facilities

There are a number of Council-owned community facilities available for hire. For details / booking enquiries, please phone the George Town Council on 6382 8800.

Note:

Ineligible events include birthday parties for ages 16 - 25
No sporting based activities will be permitted without providing public liability insurance.

Community Assistance Program - Grants

Council provides financial support through the Community Assistance Program in three ways:

Assistance to Individuals
Council Fee Remissions
Community Grants - Available up to the amount of $2,000.
The amount of funding available in any one year is determined by Council in its budget estimates in June/July each year.

The guidelines explain who can apply, the types of grants available and the Community Assistance application process.

All applicants must advise Council immediately of any changes to application details.
Funds must be expended only for the purpose approved. Any unspent part of the Community Assistance funds must be returned to Council.
Recipient organisations must follow sound governance practices, comply with all laws and regulations, adequately support and supervise volunteers and work to ensure public safety in conducting the project.
Recipient organisations must acknowledge Council contribution in all public documents, signage or announcements about the project.
Council may provide financial support up to the amount requested.

Planning

In accordance with Section 42(3)(d) of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993, notice is hereby given that the Tasmanian Planning Commission has granted its approval to amendment A 1/2018 with modifications, to the George Town Interim Planning Scheme 2013.

The approved amendment inserts Sports and recreation as a discretionary use in clause 24.2 Use Table of the Light Industrial Zone with the qualification “If for a fitness centre or gymnasium on CT 161923/2”.

The amendment came into operation on the 1st August 2018.

If you are:

Building a house, garage or other structure, subdividing or otherwise changing or adding to your property
You MAY need to apply for a Planning Permit.

For confirmation that a permit is required please contact the Planning Department with a site plan of what you wish to do including any existing structures, setbacks to boundaries, driveway, etc. The Town Planner can confirm if an application needs to be made. You can contact the planning department via email at planning@georgetown.tas.gov.au or via phone on 63 828 800.

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