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  • 14.01.2022 6:12 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    George Town Chamber of Commerce Inc

    Notice of Annual General Meeting 

    15 February 2022

    5.30 for 6 pm start

    Crazy Duck

    Nomination form

    Event registration

  • 20.12.2021 9:07 AM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    Over the coming months Council will prepare a responsible budget for the 2022/2023 financial year.  The budget will aim to maintain service levels for the provision of almost 100 services to the community and will look to provide for asset renewal inline with the Long Term Financial and Asset Management Plans.

    Submissions are now open and will close on Monday, 31st January 2022 at 5.00pm, with the draft budget to be presented for consideration in June 2022.

    The submission form attached is to be completed and each submission will be assessed against the priorities in Council’s Community Strategi Plan 2020-2030.

    Completed submissions should be lodged via email to or by post to George Town Council, PO Box 161, George Town, Tasmania 7253 for consideration. 

    For further information please contact Shane Power, General Manager, George Town Council on 6382 8800.

    GTC Budget Submissions 2022-2023.docx

  • 20.12.2021 9:06 AM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    From Tuesday 21 December face masks will be mandatory in public indoor settings including on public transport and tour buses.

    Face masks will be required in public areas of accommodation venues such as the lobby and restaurants, however not in a hotel room. Masks can be removed to eat and drink but must be replaced once finished.

    More information is available at

    Business Tasmania is also available to answer your questions. You can contact them on 1800 440 026 or via email at

    Masks and other public health measures (social distancing, hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette) are important in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Experience shows that when a high number of people in the community use a face mask the spread of COVID-19 is reduced.

    They are especially important where physical distancing is difficult, there are crowds or where you are in close contact with a person. They are already mandatory in higher-risk settings such as health settings and large sporting events.

  • 10.12.2021 1:24 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    Landmark FWC decision sets roadmap for mandatory vaccination
    On 3 December, a 5 member Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) delivered its decision regarding whether BHP’s mandatory requirement that employees be vaccinated to enter worksites was lawful and reasonable.

    In summary, the FWC decision: 

    1. Highlights the critical importance of consulting with workers when assessing whether to implement mandatory vaccination requirements; and
    2. otherwise suggests that requirements for employees to be vaccinated will be lawful and reasonable, provided they are directed at protecting health and safety, have a logical basis and are proportionate to the risks posed by COVID-19.

    Factors to ensure vaccination requirements are reasonable.
    The FWC held that a number of factors gave rise to the “strong case” in favour of the Site Access Requirement.
    Taking these factors from the decision, employers should ensure that any vaccination requirement:

    • is directed at ensuring the health and safety of workers of the site
    • has a logical and understandable basis
    • is reasonably proportionate response to the risk created by COVID-19
    • is developed having regard to the circumstances of the site
    • is timed having regard to the spread of COVID-19 in the local area at the relevant time
    • is implemented only after encouraging and facilitating vaccination for workers as much as practicable.

    Where to from here: Can businesses move to implement vaccination requirements?
    For new employees, employers remain largely able to introduce vaccination requirements as a condition of becoming employed (subject to the disability discrimination considerations we have previously outlined in our Vaccination Guide).
    For existing employees, in many cases vaccination requirements will be lawful and reasonable, however, they should only be introduced:

    1. after conducting a risk assessment tailored to each category of worker to determine whether vaccination is a necessary and proportionate control to protect the health and safety of employees; and
    2. after meaningfully consulting with the workforce on any risk assessments and vaccination requirement proposals.
    Businesses should be careful to not simply mandate mandatory vaccinations as a policy at a ‘Head Office’ level and then seek to consult with employees generally on the implementation of such a policy.
    The basis must be a proper risk assessment relevant to the risk profile of the categories of employees in the workplace and meaningful consultation on the risk assessments at that level as well as any ultimate implementation of risk controls.
    Failing to do this could result in a successful challenge to any directions being lawful and reasonable.
    Clients should also ensure that a full range of controls are considered, not simply vaccinations.

    More information on the case and decision
  • 12.11.2021 9:35 AM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    Today is the start of the 2021 George Town Chamber of Commerce Christmas Promotion.

    Thank you to our participating businesses:

    NewsXpress George Town , George Town Takeaway, Main Street Meats, Gray's Hotel, Dino's Takeaway & Milk Bar, Australia Post George Town, NewsXpress Pop-up Shop, At My Sisters, Harcourts East Tamar, RSL Sub-Branch, The Pier Hotel, Betta Home Living George Town, Hicks Hardware, Your Pharmacy, Tamar Valley Distillery, Myles Baker Electrical, Aqua Property, Tasmanian Electrical Services, The Hair Parlor, George Town IGA.

    These Businesses sponsor this promotion so make sure you shop with these local businesses for your chance to go in the weekly draw.

    We will post the winners each week.

    Good Luck and Shop locally this Christmas.

  • 29.10.2021 11:53 AM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    Regional Hospitality Revival Fund 

    The Fund aims to assist hospitality businesses in regional areas, and is open to eligible hospitality businesses located outside greater Hobart and Launceston. It is a one-off rebate payment to assist eligible businesses up to a capped amount of $1 500 for costs associated with live performances, event staging, minor works and marketing activities that assist in driving visitation to regional areas.

  • 29.10.2021 11:47 AM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    You may not be aware that George Town Council has been successful in obtaining funding to assist new start-ups or existing businesses develop new tourism offerings in the Northern Tamar Valley.  As the Administrator of the funding provided by State and Federal Governments, the George Town Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from start-up or existing businesses to develop new tourism offerings in the North Tamar Valley / Tamar River Mouth areas.

    A wonderful opportunity prospective or existing tourism operators!

    Support is available to those operators requiring business diversification or start-up assistance, digital marketing, online merchant facilities, and infrastructure required to for site specific activation.

    The under-utilised soft adventure opportunities the project aims to target are: -

    • Boat tours that include or take advantage of the local fishing and seal colonies;
    • Rock climbing and abseiling opportunities at the Hillwood Volcano rock climbing area;
    • Kayaking, and other water sports like surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and windsurfing;
    • Diving, specifically departing from the eastern side of the Tamar River / kanamaluka.

    Responses to the Expression of Interest will be assessed by a panel against the selection criteria. Respondents may also be required to be interviewed, and/or present to the assessment panel on their submission. 

    For more the information regarding the Project and EOI, visit the George Town Council website regarding the EOI process.

  • 25.10.2021 12:16 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    The Chamber would like to congratulate the nominees and the winners in the 2021 Business Excellence Awards.

    The business Awards presentation evening was held on Thursday the 21st October at the George Town Memorial Hall.

    With over 100 guests attending the evening was enjoyed by all.

    Thank you to our Major Sponsors Bell Bay Aluminium and Liberty Bell Bay.

    Without the support of our local industry and businesses we would not have the opportunity to recognize the success of local and regional businesses.

    Thank you also to our other sponsors

    • The Van Diemen Project
    • Foot & Playsted
    • The Crazy Duck
    • Harcourts East Tamar
    • Cyclad Building and Fencing
    • Rural Bank
    • Nick Duigan MLC
    • Michael Ferguson MP
    • The George Town Council   

    Winner in this years Awards can be viewed on the Awards page.

    The judges recognised some finalists. These awards recognise achievements, determination, innovation  and a willingness to adapt to challenges over the past two years.

    Judges Award , Business Excellence: Shaun & Kate Barnard, Gray's Hotel

    Judges Award For Apprentice/ Trainee: Wian Dekker, Temtrol Technologies

    Judges Award for Agriculture: Sinapius Vineyard

    Judges award for Customer Service: Angela Riseley, Australia Post George Town.

    Photo's from the Awards evening are on the George Town Chamber of Commerce Facebook page as well as the George Town Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Facebook page.

  • 19.10.2021 3:27 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    A free Pfizer vaccination state-run clinic is coming to George Town this Friday 22 October running from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
    The clinic will operate from the Memorial Hall, 29-67 Macquarie Street, George Town and is open to everyone aged 12 years and over.

    Walk-ins are welcome however if you want to avoid waiting you can book an appointment.

    Young people under the age of 18 are encouraged to attend their appointment with a parent or guardian. 

    Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family and the wider community from COVID-19.

    Book now by visiting or calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

  • 18.10.2021 9:54 PM | Caroline Brown (Administrator)

    evening is on This Thursday 21st at the George Town Memorial Hall

    If you would like to support our local businesses that were nominated in the 2021Awards, please register for your Free tickets through the Eventbrite link.

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The George Town Chamber of Commerce supports existing local business, industry and enterprise and encourages new enterprises from manufacturing and heavy industry, educational, retail, support services and tourism in the George Town and surrounding areas.



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