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Division Profile

  • Division name: Bass
  • State: Tasmania
  • Name derivation: Named after Dr George Bass (1771-1803), a naval surgeon, early settler and explorer. Bass Strait is also named after him.
  • Size & Location description: Bass covers an area of approximately 7 378 sq km from Launceston in the south to Flinders Island in the north. The City of Launceston and its suburbs, and the towns of Bell Bay, Bridport, George Town, Hadspen, Lilydale, Legana (part), Ringarooma and Scottsdale, as well as Cape Barren Island, Clarke Island & Flinders Island are in this division.
  • Products/industries of the area: Aluminium and ferrous metal smelting, brewery, cattle (dairy and beef) farming, manufacturing, mining, ports and shipping, ship building, timber, tourism, fishing, wineries and wool.
  • First proclaimed/election: 1903
  • Demographic rating Provincial